Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Chili in a Pumpkin

October 2010 429
Back at the end of October (when I was making all those fabric pumpkins) I made this yummy chili that is cooked in a pumpkin for an appreciation dinner. It was so good. I knew I wanted to share it with all of you. The recipe comes from my friend Lisa who is an amazing cook. Everything she makes is good. The rolls are a recipe I have made for probably 9 years now and love them. They are simple, fast, and delicious.
Chili Recipe
1 lb-lean ground beef or turkey
2 finely chopped garlic cloves
2 T chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
2 15 oz can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 sweet onion, chopped
1/4 cup canned diced chilies
2 T tomato paste
Chopped sweet Mini Peppers
1-2 chopped Zucchini
Other Squash (optional)
1 cup chopped carrots.

Just brown the beef and then throw it all into a crock pot for the day.
For the pumpkin:
Cut off the top and clean it out, just as if you were carving it.
Butter the pumpkin inside and out.
Make a little tin foil tent to place over pumpkin stems, so that they don't burn.
Fill pumpkins with Chili (or soup, stew, etc)
Bake at 350 for about an hour. Baking lots at a time will probably take longer though. I would plan on 1 1/2 maybe.

60 Minute Rolls
4-5 cups flour
3 T. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup margarine
2 T. yeast
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
Bring milk, water, and margarine to real warm.  Mix in large bowl 3 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt, and yeast.  Add liquid very slowly.  Beat 1 minute longer.  Keep beating and add rest of flour.  Beat 10 minutes more.  Put in greased bowl 15 minutes.  Shape them; let rise again for 15 minutes.  Bake at 425 degrees for 12 minutes.  Butter the tops when they come out.


Lelan @ Good Gravy! said...

This sounds delish!!

Denise said...

what a GRAND idea!

i cannot tell you how many chili cook-offs i have been to (actually thrown 6) in the fall. this would have been best of show hands down! so stealing this idea.

Emma said...

This is such a pretty presentation. Tasha, how many rolls does this recipe make? Thanks

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