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Dinner in a Pumpkin

Dinner in a Pumpkin is the ultimate comfort food during the Fall months! It's healthy, hearty and filling!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole, dinner, fall, halloween, pumpkin
Servings: 8 people


  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion diced
  • 1 Green Pepper diced
  • 1.5 lbs. Extra Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 T. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 T. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 C. Ketchup
  • 1 can (10oz.) Chicken Gumbo Soup
  • 1 t. Salt
  • 1/2 t. Black Pepper
  • 1 T. Liquid Smoke
  • 1 t. Chili Powder
  • 2 t. Dry Mustard
  • 1/2 t. Cinnamon
  • 2 C. Brown Rice, cooked
  • 1 medium sized Pumpkin


  • Cut off top of pumpkin, leaving a notch in the lid. Clean out seeds and rinse. Rub salt on the inside of the pumpkin to season. Set aside. Brown ground beef with onions and green pepper. Add Worcestershire Sauce, brown sugar, ketchup and soup, liquid smoke, chili powder, dry mustard, cinnamon, salt & pepper, simmer for 5 minutes to blend flavors. Mix in brown rice. Fill the pumpkin cavity with the meat mixture, top with pumpkin lid. Bake at 425º for 1 hour.


Don't forget to scoop out the sides of the pumpkin while serving this dish!  There's nothing like fresh baked pumpkin in the fall!  Top it with a little salt and pepper and dig in!