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Pumpkin Stew Recipe

Pumpkin Stew Recipe

This special stew is the meal our two kids look forward to each fall because we only get to enjoy it when the fresh pumpkins come out of the garden. The stew is cooked and served right in the pumpkin shell. A true taste of autumn, it also makes a pretty presentation at a potluck. —Donna Mosher, Augusta, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 2-1/2 hours Bake: 2 hours YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 pumpkin (10 to 12 pounds)


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in 2 tablespoons oil. Add water, potatoes, carrots, green pepper, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 2 hours. Stir in bouillon and tomatoes. Wash pumpkin; cut to 6 to 8 in. circle around top stem. Remove top and set aside; discard seeds and loosen fibers from inside.
  • 2. Place pumpkin in a shallow sturdy baking pan. Spoon stew into pumpkin and replace top. Brush outside of pumpkin with remaining oil. Bake at 325° for 2 hours or just until the pumpkin is tender (do not overbake). Serve stew from pumpkin, scooping out a little pumpkin with each serving. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 324 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 1070mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 23g protein.

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Summy User ID: 1386846 254932
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2016

"I have held onto this recipe since 1995, and never made it until now. Since I am cooking for one, I halved the recipe, with the exception of the canned tomatoes. I added a whole can of Italian tomatoes (because that is what I had on hand), added some fresh thyme that would have spoiled if I didn't use it, and for some strange reason I added about 1/2 tsp of Garam Marsala seasoning. (I am not one to improvise.) I cooked the stew, then put it in a small pumpkin, reserving any stew that didn't fit. I am so glad I finally made this after 21 years! Now, when my children and granddaughter come to visit, I know what I'm going to serve! So pretty, festive, and absolutely delicious."

LPHJKitchen User ID: 7521213 244391
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

"I love, Love, LOVE this dish! Oh gosh.. Here's what I did. I didn't have a dutch oven, so I put all of the ingredients in the slow cooker. I also cut the pumpkin up and put chunks of it in with the other stew ingredients. I cooked it over low for 6 hours and it was great. This would make a great fall dish but it's great all winter! You could also sub in butternut squash instead of pumpkin if you didn't have it."

nateswife05 User ID: 8556874 233939
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

"This recipe was awesome!!!! I added butternut squash and a little more salt and pepper. It got done earlier than the whole 4 hour process. This was a hit,everyone loved it. It's definitely going to be our new fall tradition!!!!"

Cedes2001 User ID: 4062830 4700
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"FABULOUS! It makes the pumpkin taste just like stew."

munge8 User ID: 8055512 3070
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

"This was soooo good!!!"

toh102214 User ID: 8050682 6260
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"I used this recipe when it first came out, for an event I catered. Everyone was thrilled as it made a spectacular presentation!"

barbacoaboa User ID: 8044948 8689
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"An excellent autumn meal for our family and our guests with a fun and seasonally-appropriate presentation. After reading other reviews, I also elected to reduce the cooking time to 1.5 hrs each in dutch oven and pumpkin. This worked out well for the vegetables, though I would have preferred the meat a little more tender. Speaking of veggies, I subbed turnips and a sweet potato for two of the three potatoes. I also deglazed the Dutch oven with a few glugs of red wine after browning the meat to add a bit of complexity. Have fun with this one. It seems to be rather forgiving."

xlsalbums User ID: 5254917 9549
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"The stew was very tasty!! But next time I will cut down on the cooking time both in the dutch oven stage and the baking stage. Things cooked much quicker than I expected. The pumpkin got a little soft."

patrichard User ID: 820159 200248
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"This is a great stew recipe. But I found it taste just as good without the pumpkin."

AOswald03 User ID: 5060396 7935
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"I make this every year the Sunday before Halloween. I do not add green pepper but I do add a handful of spinach and some cumin and montreal steak seasoning to give it a kick."

TerriM1956 User ID: 1377198 6259
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"I have been making this for almost 20 years now, and my family can't wait for it. I get a bigger pumpkin (wider, not taller) more of everything and have my whole family over"

southern belle 1 User ID: 6933791 9461
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"I have made this recipe since finding it in the Taste Of Home Magazine several years ago. My family looks forward to this every fall. It makes a wonderful presentation, and the taste is worth the extra time and effort to make it."

manpabrown User ID: 1979130 9153
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"I added some Montreal Seasoning to give it more flavor. Great Hit... my husband actually ate the leftovers (he hates leftovers)"

dflack628 User ID: 6932371 4699
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"I've made this recipe once or twice every fall for many years after finding it in a Taste of Home cookbook. My family loves it and it makes such a pretty presentation. I've shared this recipe with lots of friends over the years who love it as well."

hawkdoc60 User ID: 2681269 7869
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"I made this few times and I absolutely love the pumpkin mixed in with the stew as you scrape it while serving. Excellent recipe for Halloween and Thanksgiving, or even on football Sunday."

Ponygirl1014 User ID: 1584755 12331
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"Been making this for Halloween for a couple of years and it is big hit. Just be really careful not to overcook the pumpkin. It is truly delicious."

dreicher User ID: 43290 7211
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"Awesome stew! Kids love it and request it every Halloween. I serve it in small pie pumpkins."

swatara User ID: 1801511 8805
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"I make this stew every autumn, as a good-bye to summer meal."

jennywrenn User ID: 6222896 8636
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"This recipe is awesome! I make it at least once a month in the fall when pumpkins are in season. Tastes really good if served in individual bread bowls.

One thing I have found - try looking for a 10 1/2" to an 11" high pumpkin when shopping for this recipe. That will help to determine the size pumpkin you will need.
Also, I found that this only serves approx. 5 (maybe 6) instead of 8-10."

ShellaLee User ID: 6206862 9138
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"I made this years ago for a Halloween dinner. It was great. I added grated tart apples and nutmeg. Have a hard time finding the right size pumpkin."

charjody User ID: 2224665 8635
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"Love this recipe. Have made it a few times."

marie.steere User ID: 3234405 12326
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"This was amazing! My family was a little worried about the pumpkin flavor being too much but it was by far the best stew we have ever had! The only thing that we did a little different was I used pork stew meat because my mother in law is allergic to beef, and as well as the beef cubes (not actual beef so she can handle it) I also used a teaspoon of chicken. This will definitely be a tradition in the family from now on!"

renayt User ID: 637977 4675
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"It has become a tradition to make on Halloween"

KyleighKS User ID: 5548916 7930
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"My husband and I made this last night and it was so delicious! We will definitely be making this stew an Autumn tradition!"

nswells User ID: 2525331 8621
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"I have made this recipe for the last four years in October when pumpkins are easiest to get, and have served it to many different people. I always send the recipe home with someone. It's fun, clever, and so very delicious! A big favorite in the fall and now the family expects it!"

ad554836 User ID: 5085348 9548
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2010

"My husband and I love this. I couldn't believe the amount of flavor it had! I would love to make this again."

shagoo User ID: 255150 7868
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"This has become a favorite fall tradition in our home! We love this stew! I have also made it in the small sugar pumpkins and we've used those as our personal serving bowls. Fun and delicious!"

auntbuffy User ID: 4182639 12068
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2010

"my husband found this recipe in a church magizine years ago or one just kie it and he made it and we took it to church it was a big hit and it stayed hot until after church we love it"

RStout User ID: 3080289 7867
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2010

"Well worth the effort."

Maud User ID: 224981 7865
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"I've made this for years. Sometimes instead of cooking the stew in the pumpkin, I put everything in the crockpot and cook it on low all day. My grandkids say they pray for rain and cold so Nana will make that good stew."

beekermail User ID: 4548002 11311
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2009

"This is so tastey! I wish I could make it more often!"

Emmagrace User ID: 24024 9547
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"We have made this stew since we were married in 2001 and it is such a tradition that our children look forward to the fall just so we can eat pumpkin stew!"

jorico82 User ID: 3228300 9130
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2009

"I've been making this recipe since it came out in '95. It is excellent! It has great flavor. The pumpkin added a special touch when my three kids were younger. Now they're adults so I just make the stew part. I also add more veges than needed so I have a lot of leftovers."

wbmomof4 User ID: 1485749 8620
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2009

"I made this for a church supper when it was first on the cover of TOH and it was a big hit. I can't wait to make it again..."

happiest User ID: 1455360 8804
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2009

"This stew is fantastic! I love it. Every year I try to make 1 dinner for family and 1 for friends. I can't wait for the pumpkins to come in. This has become a great family tradition ever since I first saw this recipe in Taste of Home. Pat O, Phoenix, Az."

cookie99 User ID: 1260096 16583
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2009

"My grown daughter and I have made this together every year since I first saw it in Taste of Home. It has become a family tradition."

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