Ground Beef and Pumpkin Skillet Meal

ground beef and pumpkin
Ground beef, pumpkin, and red peppers are the main ingredients in this easy skillet meal. Photo © Laura Dolson

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 292
Fat 13g
Carbs 13g
Protein 31g
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Total Time 40 min
Prep 30 min, Cook 10 min
Servings 3

This recipe is quick and tasty for a mid-week dinner. The spiciness in the dish is up to you, but the idea is for there to be a mild spiciness—think "warm," not "hot." You can use whatever chili-type seasoning you want, but I like the milder ones (such as ancho chilis) where you can taste the peppers, not just the heat.


  • 1 pound 90 percent lean ground beef
  • 2 cups pumpkin, cubed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1.5 teaspoon powdered ancho chiles
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning


1) Microwave pumpkin chunks for 3 to 4 minutes, until just fork-tender.
2) Put onion in skillet with a little olive oil.
3) Add garlic and stir a few seconds.
4) Add ground beef, and chop the pepper.
5) Add the pepper and cook until beef is nearly done.
6) Add liquid and scrape the bottom of the pan.
7) Add spices, adjusting the seasonings to taste.
8) Add pumpkin.
9) Cook another 3 to 4 minutes.

Garnish with cilantro or parsley if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3
Amount per serving  
Calories 292
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 91mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 31g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 917mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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