Jan 12 Tuesday

Pumpkin Tacos (not a typo) = Pacos!

Tonight for dinner, I made Pumpkin Tacos. Okay, I realize how gross it sounds so let us call this recipe something else: Gourd-ish Tacos. Mama’s Surprise Tacos…I am currently accepting nominations to name this recipe.

The winner gets my unending appreciation for your creativity!

UPDATE: Thank you to Jess! These will officially be called Pacos at our house.

Seriously now people. It sounds horrible but I will tell you honestly that this is a FANTASTIC recipe. Fan-TAH-stick. My family was blissfully unaware they were eating healthy until SuperHub got suspicious of me spooning meat into his mouth with a funny look on my face.

“Why are you staring at me like that?”

“Is it good? Do you love it?”

“Yes, why are you staring at me like that?”

This is your typical Taco Meat with two differences: I used ground turkey instead of beef and I added one cup of pumpkin puree to the recipe.

With the pumpkin you are adding a power punch of vitamins to your meal and the meat has a beautiful consistency and color. You can tell by looking at it that it’s delicious and good for you.

It contains:

Beta carotene – People who eat a diet rich in beta-carotene are less likely to develop certain types of cancer.

Potassium – A potassium rich diet lowers the risk for hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure.

Zinc – Zinc provides a major boost for your immune system and aids in bone density support for people at risk for osteoporosis.

Fiber – A fiber rich diet helps prevent cancer, heart disease and other serious ailments.

Antioxidant vitamins A and C – Also plenty of alpha-hydroxy-acids which helps to reduce the signs of aging.

You will need:

2 lbs Ground turkey (Or beef.)
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree (NOT Pumpkin Pie Mix!)
2 Packets Taco Seasoning

Your choice of crispy:

Blue corn tortilla chips (Any chip will do, I just love the color and flavor of these particular chips.)
Taco shells
Whole wheat tortillas (The kind in the refrigerated section contain whole grains and no hydrogenated oils.)


Hot sauce
Sour cream
French (or Western) dressing to top off your taco salad….MMMMMmmmm.

Brown your turkey meat until no longer pink. Reduce heat and don’t let anyone see you add 1 Cup of pumpkin puree to the meat. Add both packets of taco seasoning and the water as directed on the seasoning packet. Stir well to combine and simmer on low. Be careful not to scorch.

Prepare your accessories and let each person assemble their perfect plate.

I made myself a taco salad. Superhub used a soft taco shell, smothered in re-fried beans, over a hard shell for his own version of a Double Decker Taco Supreme.

The kids ate Taco Roll-ups, meat and cheese rolled up in a warm tortilla.

Super duper yum.

Dinner was a success. My family was happily noshing, eating well and no one was running South of the Border.


  • Posted By: Angela Burer

    Better than deceptively delicious! :) I need to try this out soon!

  • Posted By: Lindsay

    You could stuff the pumpkin meat mixture into those jumbo shells too!!

  • Posted By: Lindsay McGowan

    I have made almost the same thing before but used sweet potato puree. YUM! You are right about the texture – super good. I have also used the pumpkin puree in Lasagne… and mixed in pureed cauliflower into the ricotta cheese…. sneaky.

  • Posted By: Katy

    Angela – Thank you for the reminder to pull out that cookbook again! I got this idea from the Today Show yesterday. No, I wasn’t lucky enough to watch it, it was the commentary in the 30 seconds it took to find a Dora on our DVR list that the girls hadn’t previously seen.

  • Posted By: Katy

    Lindsay – Guess what’s for dinner tonight? :) I will be posting your recipe sooner than later, you culinary genius you!

  • Posted By: Katy

    Other Lindsay – That sounds fantastic! I am a huge fan of pureed veggies. You can send me your recipes any time! :)

  • Posted By: Kellie

    Once again you’ve given me a great dinner idea!

  • Posted By: Katy

    Yay! And I should thank you for introducing me to the Nutella filled croissants idea. Dooood, so good. Right out of the oven they are unreal. My kids went nutso. Thank you!

  • Posted By: janan rustan

    I have a super yummy healthy snack when you are “needing” chocolate.

    *Box of Family size brownie mix
    *1 can of black beans- do not drain.

    Blend the black beans together in food processor/ blender.
    Mix brownie mix and black beans together and bake as directed on box.
    My boys love them! So do I!

  • Posted By: Katy

    YUM! Really, nothing else? That is awesome. Sounds like something to make you go POOP. Have you ever had No Pudge Brownies? They are SUPER good and easy too.

  • Posted By: Jess

    Great idea!! How about “paco’s”?? Must try these! Thanks for the idea!!

  • Posted By: Katy

    Pacos! Jess – You have won my unending appreciation for your creativity! Thanks dood!

  • Posted By: Kellie

    Oh yes, Nutella filled crescents must be eaten right out of the oven. :) I brought them to work the other day and the ladies fought for them. ;)

  • Posted By: Renae

    I can’t find pumpkin puree! can you help?

  • Posted By: Katy

    Renae – In the baking needs aisle, near the canned fruit for pies and such. By Evaporated milk, etc. Check the bottom shelf or top shelf as it’s not a seasonal item! Good luck!

  • Posted By: Kelly

    perfect for halloween tonight. hoping i can sneak it in!