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Pumpkin Sloppy Joes

Pumpkin Sloppy Joes

Pumpkins have started appearing at the grocery store, and there are all kinds of ways to enjoy them that don’t involve pie! Here’s just one: a Paleo twist on sloppy Joes with a pumpkin-flavored beef chili served inside roasted sweet potatoes. It’s just on the line between sweet and savory, and the allspice, cloves, and chili powder give it depth with just a pinch of heat.

This is also a great recipe for kids, especially if you’ve been saying no to a lot of pumpkin cookies and muffins (and scones, and gummy candies, and granola, and breakfast cereal…) lately. Let them give you a hand in the kitchen with it – maybe wrapping up the potatoes or stuffing them when everything is done.

Or if you’re trying to keep the carbs a little lower, you could serve the chili over squash or even salad. If you have any leftovers, throw them in your eggs and make fall-flavored breakfast for the week.

Pumpkin Sloppy Joes Recipe

Servings SERVES: 4Preparation time PREP: 15 min.Cooking time COOK: 20 min.


Protein: 35g / %

Carbs: 47g / %

Fat: 20g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • 1 lb. ground beef;
  • 1 onion, chopped;
  • 1 garlic clove, minced;
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree;
  • 1 cup tomato sauce;
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey; (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard;
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder;
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice.
  • 4 sweet potatoes;
  • Cooking fat;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;
Pumpkin Sloppy Joes preparation


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 F.
  2. Wrap the sweet potatoes in foil, and bake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Heat a skillet over a medium-high heat.
  4. Melt-in some cooking fat, add the garlic and onion, and cook until soft.
  5. Add the ground beef and cook until brown.
  6. Stir in the pumpkin, tomato sauce, mustard, honey, allspice, and chili powder.
  7. Give everything a good stir, and cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
  8. Season to taste, and serve stuffed in the sweet potatoes.
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