Dutch-oven Pumpkin: Three Ways
Baked Pumpkin

I know it sounds strange, but after carving that great orange gourd on Halloween, don’t let your pumpkin rot. Bake it in your Dutch-oven instead. It is, after all, a squash and is classified as a superfood packed with antioxidants and disease-fighting vitamins. 

But enough about why it is good for you and let’s make some trail grub because there is so much you can do with pumpkin, even at camp. 

Today, for example, we are are going to improve the texture and taste of ChiliMac, make the moistest cornbread ever, and of course, we will make a great dessert, all with pumpkin.


Hearty Pumpkin Chili

Dutch-oven Pumpkin: Three Ways
Hearty Pumpkin Chili garnished with a dollop of sour cream, cilantro, and snipped green onions

The secret to rich and thick chili is the pumpkin, but the pumpkin pie spice gives this chili a whole new taste.

Prep Time
30 min

Cook Time
1 hr

Total Time
1 hr 30 min

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • Dutch-oven Pumpkin: Three Ways
    Ingredients for pumpkin chili mac

    2 lbs. ground beef 

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 red, yellow, and orange bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 15 oz of diced tomatoes or 4 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin purée
  • 3 (15 oz) cans Chili Beans (do not drain) or Kidney beans drained
  • 2 (15 oz) cans Mexican style diced tomatoes with juice
  • Tomato Juice or Vegetable broth [have available 1 (46 fluid oz) can tomato juice or chicken broth to thin chili as it simmers]
  • I pint sour cream
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2–3 boxes macaroni and cheese (follow the recipe on the box, but for most, you will need butter and milk)

Instructions

  1. Dutch-oven Pumpkin: Three Ways
    Browning beef in a 10-inch Barebones Dutch oven

    Brown meats with onion and peppers, drain juices from the pan

  2. Mix in beans, diced tomatoes, pumpkin puree, and tomato juice or broth (one cup at a time as need to keep the chili thin enough to simmer).
  3. Add all spices (and sugar if desired).
  4. Let simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally and add broth or tomato juice as needed
  5. 15 minutes before service make the macaroni and cheese per recipe on the box, (you will need butter and milk)
  6. Fill each bowl piping with hot macaroni and cheese and a large scoop of chili; top with a dollop of sour cream, freshly chopped cilantro, and snipped green onions

Notes

Turn up the heat with:
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 jalapeño peppers chopped remove seeds to make it less spicy
  • 2 poblano peppers chopped
  • 2 small cans of diced green chili peppers
Barebones Dutch ovens feature a briquette-to- degree-chart cast right nto each lid

Combine the above ingredients as the meat as it sautéed

For oven temperatures, lift the lid of your Barebones Dutch oven or visit Visit the Dutch Oven Dude’s site for cooking temperatures.

This recipe was adapted from Macey’s Pumpkin Chili
Adapted by Darryl Alder

 


Pumpkin Cornbread

Barebones
Cheesy Pumpkin Cornbread with purple onion and pepitas

The secret to moist cornbread is, of course, the pumpkin.

Prep Time
30 min

Cook Time
1 hr

Total Time
1 hr 30 min

 

 

Ingredients (serves 8)

Dutch-oven Pumpkin: Three Ways
Ingredients for Pumpkin Corn Bread with cotija cheese, purple onion slivers and pepitas
  • 2 pkg “JIFFY” Corn Muffin Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese crumbled
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • Roasted pepitas (toasted, shelled pumpkin seeds)
  • Purple Onion rings, thinnest slices cut into “C’s”

Pumpkin Cobbler

Dutch-oven Pumpkin: Three Ways
Hot Pumpkin Cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream

For those who don’t like to make pie crust, this recipe leaves a crusty top over delicious pumpkin pie filling; it’s like an upside down pumpkin pie.

Prep Time
15 min

Cook Time
1 hr

Total Time
1 hr 15 min

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • Dutch-oven Pumpkin: Three Ways
    With these ingredients, you may give up on making pumpkin pies every again

    1 15 oz can pumpkin

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 yellow cake mis

Pumpkin Puree 

This is step one for each of these recipes, but really, why not run to the store and grab a couple of cans of pumpkin and be done with it. Still making your own pumpkin puree has a kind of satisfaction to it. 

You can use your leftover jack-o-lantern, but know this not all Pumpkins are created equal. The king of baking pumpkins is a Sugar Pumpkin, because it will be less watery and stringy. 

Pumpkin Puree 

This is a simple method for making pureed pumpkin, but will be easier if done at home and then canned or frozen

Prep Time
15 min

Cook Time
1 hr

Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients

One Pumpkin (sugar variety is best)

Instructions

  1. cut pumpkin in half, scrape seeds and strings and wash the outside
  2. in a preheated Dutch-oven, place the gourd face down and bake at 325° for an hour
  3. scrape out the pumpkin “flesh”from hard skins and puree in a blender. (You can strain to remove any remaining stringy pieces or reblend.)
  4. before camp pack into freezer bags and freeze solid.
Notes:  Visit the Dutch Oven Dude’s site for cooking temperatures:
Adapted by Darryl Alder from SYMKA

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Used in many fall recipes, there is no need to buy this labeled as Pumpkin Pie Spice if you have cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg in your cupboard.

Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
none

Total Time
5 min

Ingredients

  1. 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  2. 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  3. 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients together.
  2. Use immediately or store in a cool, dry place as you would other spices
Notes
  1. Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice may be used as a substitute for store-bought pumpkin pie spice
  2. This blend is from Taste of Home

3 comments

  1. Darryl Alder
    Darryl Alder ( User Karma: 9 ) says:

    Monday, October 29, six Scouters gathered in my backyard to test each of these delicious recipes. They are an amazing team, working together on this perfect fall day we made a meal Scouts, your family or friends would love. I know because I did it all again yesterday for 26 members of our family. I love fall, food, and family. I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we did

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