Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 1 hr

This is so yummy, I tried this at my friend's house this Halloween, well needless to say it will be a tradition at our house.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut off the top of the pumpkin and thoroughly clean out pulp and seeds.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) In a large skillet sauté onions in vegetable oil until tender.
  3. Add meat and brown.
  4. Drain drippings from skillet.
  5. Add soy sauce, mushrooms,brown sugar and soup.
  6. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add cooked rice and water chestnuts.
  8. Spoon mixture into cleaned pumpkin shell.
  9. Replace pumpkin top and place entire pumpkin, with filling, on a baking sheet.
  10. Bake 1 hour or until inside meat of the pumpkin is tender.
  11. Put pumpkin on a plate.
  12. Remove pumpkin lid and serve meat.
  13. For your vegetable, scoop out pumpkin and serve.


Most Helpful

As a first time dinner in a pumpkin maker, I thought this turned out well for my first try. Although I did make a few changes. First, I used a frozen mix of chopped onion, celary & peppers [[plus I added a few chopped green peppers]] I sauted those with the ground beef. I used a larger can of mushrooms. Before I added the meat mixture to the pumpkin, I coated the inside with a bit of pumpkin pie spice and some salt. I really enjoyed this, and I think I see a new Halloween tradition in my future.

ladywisconsin November 01, 2007

Made as directed, using an organic cream of chicken soup. It was SO good! My kids loved it. This is a really easy dinner in a pumpkin and will become a Halloween tradition!

Diana Johnson || September 09, 2016

SO yummy! I am making this again tomorrow for a friend who has a Halloween Party. It was perfect here, and will be there as well! :) I used fresh baby portabella mushrooms, sliced, and then didn't let it simmer on the stove. It did take 2 hrs to cook, but was well worth the wait! Thank you!

~*Miss Diggy*~ October 26, 2011

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