A Meal in a Pumpkin

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
Recipe by Sherrybeth

This is a very cute idea for around Halloween. When I first saw the recipe, I thought "YUCK", but then I tried it and it is really good and kids think it is GREAT because it is prepared and served in a pumpkin. 2 hours is the time I baked my 10 to 12 lb pumpkin and it was almost too long.

Top Review by Lady MoM

I loved the flavor of this meal, and the presentation was amazing! I served it last halloween and got raves about the presentation, but I didn't taste it before we left due to time and this was super HOT. Next time I think I will use some Cayenne pepper to substitute the peppers in the recipe! Thanks for sharing.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown and drain beef along with onions and sausage.
  3. Cook until no longer pink and drain well.
  4. Cut top off of pumpkin and reserve.
  5. Clean seeds and strings from pumpkin.
  6. Clean well.
  7. Coat pumpkin skin with shortening.
  8. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  9. Spoon ingredients into pumpkin.
  10. Place top back on pumpkin.
  11. Wrap foil over the stem.
  12. Bake on a cookie sheet for 2 to 3 hours depending on the size of pumpkin.
  13. DO NOT OVERBAKE. The pumpkin should not begin to brown.

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