Beef Stew Baked in a Pumpkin ~ an Amazing Fall Meal You Absolutely Have to Try!

This hearty beef stew baked in a pumpkin will stick to your ribs and is the perfect meal for the cooler days of Autumn. Learn how to make it here!

This hearty beef stew baked in a pumpkin will stick to your ribs and is the perfect meal for the cooler days of Autumn.  Keep reading to learn how to make it.

I first came across this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine back in the 90’s.  Since then it has been tradition to make it every year for dinner on Halloween. I have changed the original recipe up a bit to suit my family’s tastes and to make it easier to prepare. So I thought I would share my updated beef stew in a pumpkin recipe here at Creatively Homemade.

I think what I love most about this recipe is the pretty presentation.   I just place the pumpkin right on the table for serving and let everyone serve themselves right from the pumpkin.  As an added bonus, it saves you from washing a serving bowl!

This pumpkin beef stew recipe has a rich flavor and is very filling.  The pumpkin adds a bit of sweetness and a unique flavor that you don’t find in traditional beef stews.  Even my vegetable-adverse children love it – although that may be due to the novelty of serving themselves from a pumpkin!

Since this beef pumpkin stew is full of vegetables, it is a complete meal in itself.  It doesn’t really need any additional sides, but if you want some bread to serve with it, my sourdough cheddar biscuits recipe is a good choice!


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Creatively Homemade Ingredient List

Pumpkin Beef Stew Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 lbs cubed stew beef
  • 3 large potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1 inch slices
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 stalks of celery, cut into 1 inch slices
  • 1 bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange), diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 32 oz of beef stock, either homemade or store-bought
  • 15 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 8-10 lb pumpkin
  • 1 tbs coconut oil, melted

Creatively Homemade Tutorial

Beef Stew in a Pumpkin Recipe Instructions

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Add all ingredients (except the pumpkin and coconut oil) for this beef pumpkin stew recipe to a Crock Pot. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or until beef is tender.

You can also cook the stew in a stockpot on the stove, but I prefer the slow cooker because you pretty much dump the ingredients in there, give it a quick stir, and then forget about it until the cook time is up.  Easy peasy!

Quick tip!  To make cleanup easy, put a slow cooker liner into your Crock Pot before adding your ingredients.  After you are done, just throw away the liner – no mess and no cooked on food to scrub clean!

Cut the top off the pumpkin and clean out the seeds and fibers. Place the cleaned pumpkin on a sturdy baking pan (glass or enamel work well).

This hearty beef pumpkin stew recipe will stick to your ribs and is the perfect meal for the cooler days of Autumn. Learn how to make it here!

Pour the cooked stew into the pumpkin and replace the pumpkin top.  Brush with pumpkin all over with the melted coconut oil.

Bake the beef stew in a pumpkin at 325 degrees for 1 hour 30 minutes.  At this point, check and see if the pumpkin is tender.  If not, return to the oven for another half hour.

Set the beef stew baked in a pumpkin right on the table.  The pumpkin acts as the serving bowl.  Be sure to scoop out a little pumpkin with each ladle full of stew.

Don’t be afraid to experiment a bit with this beef pumpkin stew recipe a bit.  For example, you could try baking it in other edible squashes, like butternut or acorn.  Your cooking time will vary depending on the squash you pick.

One thing I am going to try this year is to use mini pie pumpkins to make individual servings of this pumpkin beef stew recipe.  That way each person gets their own pumpkin on their plate.

Pin this beef pumpkin stew recipe for later:

This hearty beef stew in a pumpkin recipe will stick to your ribs and is the perfect meal for the cooler days of Autumn. Learn how to make it here!

With its elegant presentation and its hearty rich flavor, this beef stew in a pumpkin recipe is one you really have to try this Autumn.  I am planning on picking up a pumpkin this weekend so I can make it for my family on the 31st.   So tell me… What are your favorite recipes to make during the fall?  

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34 thoughts on “Beef Stew Baked in a Pumpkin ~ an Amazing Fall Meal You Absolutely Have to Try!

  1. Emmi

    Hello, Jennifer! 😉

    I found your wonderful inspiration at #WAYWOW ! Great idea to make the stew into a pumpkin! I pinned it for later, it’s on my Recipe inspirations list! 😉

    I wish you a wonderful week!


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  3. Michelle

    This is so much fun! I can see how it has become a tradition!
    I bet my kids would love this!

  4. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Jen, I love this! Pinned, yummed and stumbled, I am not going to lose this recipe! LOL I can always come back and find it here too. It looks so fun and delish, perfect for us! Thanks.

  5. Patty

    This looks like an amazing recipe!!! I just saw baking pumpkins in the grocery store the other day. I’m glad to see they are used for more than pumpkin type recipes. Beef stew would never have had crossed my mind without seeing your post!

    Thanks for posting this on the traffic jams weekend link party for me to find!

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  7. Emily

    This is so pretty, and I am so intrigued by the addition of pumpkin in beef stew! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday – I pinned your recipe to our party board.

  8. Nicole

    What a yummy recipe and love the pumpkin serving bowl! Thanks for sharing your post at the #HomeMattersParty. Hope to see you link up again this week – the party post goes live on Fridays at 12am EST.

  9. Marilyn

    Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick from my Commenters at #WonderfulWednesday this week. Visit me on Tuesday evening and to see your feature and pick up your badge! All hosts choose their own features so be sure to return to my blog. I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon.

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  15. Michelle James

    Hi Jennifer! I just wanted to let you know we are featuring your awesome recipe at Home Matters today! Thank you so much for linking up with us and we hope you will party with us again!

  16. Vince

    I made this recipe last night and it was a BIG hit! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  18. Chas

    This looks delightful! I will add to the list of things I bake in a pumpkin every year. Thank you for the share.

  19. Teresa

    I’d never seen anything quite like that before, but is does sound wonderful! Thank you for sharing the recipe at The Really crafty Link Party. Pinned!

  20. Brielle

    I’ve done a stew in a pumpkin before but this recipe is way more simple! I’m excited to try it! About how many servings does it make? I’m trying to decide if I should make 2 or not.

    1. Jen Post author

      I am not sure how many servings it makes exactly. However, it makes enough for a family of 6. Then I always have enough leftovers for another meal. Hope that helps!

  21. Mary ross

    I do this every fall and its always a hit. I did it one year for the nieces and nephews. I gave them all their own little pumpkins and they loved it.


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