Pumpkin Stew


This is a marvelous autumn potluck dinner. Everyone will be very impressed with this thick beef stew made and served in a pumpkin shell! Use a 10- to-12 pound pumpkin; be sure not to overbake!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 25 mins
8 to 10 servings


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 4 carrots, sliced

  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules

  • 1 sugar pumpkin


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Place beef in the saucepan and cook until evenly brown. Mix in the water, potatoes, carrots, green bell pepper, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer approximately 2 hours.

  2. Dissolve the bouillon into the beef mixture. Stir in the tomatoes.

  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  4. Cut top off the pumpkin and remove seeds and pulp. Place the pumpkin in a heavy baking pan. Fill the pumpkin with the beef mixture. Brush outside of the pumpkin with remaining oil.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven 2 hours, or until tender. Serve the stew from the pumpkin, scraping out some of the pumpkin meat with each serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

592 Calories
28g Fat
62g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 592
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 1085mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 93mg 463%
Calcium 157mg 12%
Iron 8mg 42%
Potassium 2729mg 58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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