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Easy Pumpkin Sloppy Joes

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


8 servings

Stirring canned pumpkin into sloppy joe meat may seem strange, but everyone is pleasantly surprised by these. Add cloves, nutmeg and chili powder for extra oomph, then plunk dill slices on top. —Donna Musser, Pearl City, Illinois
Easy Pumpkin Sloppy Joes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
  • 8 hamburger buns, split


  1. In a Dutch oven or large cast-iron skillet, cook and crumble beef with onion over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes; drain. Stir in seasonings, ketchup and tomato juice; bring to a boil. Stir in pumpkin. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, to allow flavors to blend, about 15 minutes. Serve on buns.

Can you freeze Easy Pumpkin Sloppy Joes?

Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 380 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 925mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein.

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