Halloween Pumpkin Sloppy Joes

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A flavorful, pumpkin-y beef sloppy joe mixture inside some toasted hamburger buns. Topped with a festive cheese slice in your favorite Halloween shape. This will be a dinner no one will forget! Cute, simple, and delicious!

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It’sย HALLOWEEN WEEKย on the blog! If you missed yesterday’s post, click HERE. Today we’re continuing with a super fun, and of course cute! dinner idea for Halloween. I think these would be absolutely perfect for a filling and healthy dinner right before the littles go out trick-or-treating.

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Have you ever had canned pumpkin in a savory dish before? I hadn’t until these sloppy joes, and wow! It’s so yummy. The meat does not taste pumpkin-y, but instead it provides a creaminess and richness to the meat mixture. It’s really good, you guys! Promise ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

I know some people do not like using the american cheese slices but, honestly, you have to use them for these because they soften up better. You could use real sliced cheese, but it won’t adhere to the top of the bun and it won’t give you that soft, almost gooey cheese on top. Plus, my kids love those “fake” cheese slices in their meat sandwiches so I always have some in the fridge.

Give this one a try. They are super duper delicious and totally Halloween worthy.ย 

Halloween Pumpkin Sloppy Joes

You can use any Halloween shaped cookie cutter for these. I did not have one small enough for the cheese slice, so I used a circle cookie cutter, and then used an extra slice of cheese to make the pumpkin stump on top.

Try spreading some butter on each side of the hamburger buns, place on a cookie sheet and broil on low for 1-2 minutes. The bread gets toasty and slightly crunchy, and it helps the cheese slice soften up! Yum!

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  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard (sweet, honey, yellow, dijon)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • 8 slices processed American cheese
  • 1 slice white cheese, like mozzarella


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in the pumpkin, tomato sauce, brown sugar, mustard, chili powder and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cut American cheese slices with a Halloween-shaped cookie cutter. Cut mozzarella cheese into shapes (triangles, half-circles, etc.) to make the faces.
  • Spoon meat mixture onto buns and top each with a cheese cut-out.

Come back tomorrow for another fun Halloween idea ! Thanks for stopping by, friends! Enjoy, xoxo

recipe found at tasteofhome.com

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  • Reply
    September 29, 2015 at 8:06 am Wow, that is something I would have never thought to try,with the pumpkin, but it sounds delicious! Definitely gong to be trying these!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      September 29, 2015 at 4:17 pm They were yummy! The pumpkin is a really nice addition and the shaped cheese on top made it even better ;)

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