Pork Chili-Filled Mini Pumpkins

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Makes: 12  servings Prep 40 mins Roast 400°F 15 mins to 20 mins Start to Finish 1 hr 15 mins


  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil, plus additional for pans
  • 12 mini pumpkins (3-1/4 to 3-3/4 inches in diameter)
  • 3/4 pound  butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 orange bell peppers, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon  chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon  dried oregano, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1 pound  ground pork or ground turkey
  • 1/4 pound  kale (stems discarded), coarsely chopped
  • 1 14 1/2ounce can chicken broth
  • 1 15 1/2ounce can black beans
  • 1/4 cup  chopped fresh cilantro


1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F and arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; lightly oil 2 large baking pans. Cut tops off pumpkins; remove and discard seeds from bottoms. Arrange pumpkin tops and bottoms, cut side down, on prepared pans. Roast, switching pans halfway through, until just tender but not falling apart, about 15 minutes for tops and 20 minutes for bottoms.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a 5-quart pot over moderate heat. Add squash, bell pepper, onion, garlic, chili powder, oregano and cumin; cook, stirring, until vegetables are softened, about 4 minutes. Add pork and cook, stirring and breaking up clumps, until no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Stir in kale, broth, and beans; simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Stir in cilantro; salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into pumpkins and top with lids. Makes 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 12
  • cal.(kcal)190,
  • Fat, total(g)10,
  • chol.(mg)24,
  • sat. fat(g)3,
  • carb.(g)19,
  • fiber(g)3,
  • pro.(g)9,
  • sodium(mg)240,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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