Pumpkin tacos are a great way to fully enjoy the Fall flavors in a sweet and spicy dish. Pair the sweet, yet savory, pumpkin with the spice of taco meat and sourness of Sourdough tortillas and your taste buds will be dancing!
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As the Fall season is knocking at the door I always begin to crave the pumpkin flavors. The smell of fresh chopped wood in the fireplace mixed with pumpkins placed throughout our homestead really have me craving it this year.
We have been enjoying simple dinners around here as our responsibilities continue to grow and grow. This recipe definitely qualifies as a simple dinner. It is so quick to chop up all the veggies in a food processor and toss them in with some ground meat. Prepare some dough for sourdough tortillas ahead of time and dinner can be on the table in 30 minutes with this recipe! Tacos definitely make it into the weekly meal rotation due to simplicity, so it’s fun to spice up the usual recipe with some savory Pumpkin.
We love eating Seasonally in our home. There are so many benefits to eating Seasonally, including getting the most nutrition from a whole food. Fruits and Vegetables that are harvested at the peak of the growing Season are packed with necessary Vitamins and Nutrients that our bodies need to thrive. Not to mention, the flavor is always so much better.
Pumpkins do keep well if stored in a cool, dark place. You may be able to enjoy them fresh for about 6 months of the year if you store them this way. You can also freeze pumpkin chunks in a freezer safe bag to enjoy all year long in our favorite recipes.
Does this dish freeze well?
Yes, delicious tacos with pumpkin would be a great recipe to double or triple and freeze for later. You could chop up the veggies and freeze them, raw, in a freezer safe container. The meat can also be seasoned and cooked ahead of time and frozen for later. Homemade or store bought tortillas freeze great as well. Consume within 3 months.
How long do Pumpkins keep?
Pumpkins can keep for an entire year if they are stored properly. Pumpkins can be harvested at the peak of the Season and kept in a cool, dark place for storage. I love to grow my own pumpkins in my garden. It’s so satisfying consuming food that I planted with my own two hands and nurtured to grow.
What kind of Pumpkin to use
There are many varieties of Pumpkin available. Some of which are too small to utilize for cooking, but all are edible. My favorite kinds of Pumpkins to use for cooking are Jarrhahdale and Pie Pumpkins. These two varieties have more usable flesh and less of the stringy part that gets discarded. We also often utilize the larger white varieties because they double as decor in our farmhouse prior to being consumed. Did I mention that I LOVE functional decor!
Any type of Pumpkin you have will do for this recipe. Depending on what variety you choose, the flavor may vary. Try out different Pumpkin varieties and see what flavor you like best!
What goes well with tacos with pumpkin?
Two of our favorite sides for this dish are Spanish rice and beans. I had a Puertorican family-friend teach me her recipes for rice and beans. Maybe I’ll share those recipes with you in the future. Her recipes for rice and beans are delicious to say the least.
Chips and salsa also compliment this dish nicely. You could even just cut up a couple of avocados and call it a meal. The options are endless for this simple dish.
Topping Ideas for Pumpkin Tacos
Toppings for tacos are pretty general and can be customized to your liking, but here are a few of our favorite toppings for these tacos:
- Fermented Jalapenos
- Pickled Red Onions
- Fermented Salsa
- Sour Cream
Supplies you may need
- 2 Cast Iron Skillets
- Wooden Spoon or Spatula
- Kitchen Aid with dough hook
- Cooling rack
Ingredients for Delicious Tacos with Pumpkin Recipe
- Butter, grass-fed preferred
- Avocado Oil
- Garlic, minced
- Ground Beef
- Bell Peppers
- Medium Onion
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Chili Powder
- Smoked Paprika, regular would also work
- Pumpkin Spice Seasoning
- Chipotle Chile Seasoning, If you don’t have this on hand just leave it out, I promise the tacos will still be delicious
- Juice of a 1/4 lime
- Toppings of choice
- I highly recommend homemade Sourdough tortillas over store bought flour or corn tortillas. To utilize in this recipe, prepare the dough the night before and let it long ferment over night in the fridge.
- Double or triple this recipe to have left overs for the next day or freeze it for later.
- Add 1/4 tsp. of Cayenne pepper to the beef after browning if you like a more spicy taco seasoning.
- Add fermented Jalapenos or fermented Salsa to top these tacos, making it even healthier by adding some extra probiotics.
- Make homemade bone broth instead of getting store bought. The nutrition content of homemade is not the same as the stuff you buy from the store. Homemade bone broth is very gut-healing and also adds a lot of flavor to the meat.
Cooking instructions for the taco Filling
In a preheated Cast Iron Skillet, add a drizzle of avocado oil. Add 1 pound of Grass fed/finished ground beef to the skillet.
Add minced garlic when ground beef is only a minute away from being done cooking.
Lower the stove burner to low heat.
Add Bone broth to the browned beef. Also add Chili Powder, Smoked Paprika, Salt, Cumin, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, and Chipotle Chile (if you have it) seasonings. Add juice from 1/4 of a lime. Mix well.
Allow to simmer until the liquid is mostly cooked out, about 5 minutes. Set aside once cooked.
While browning the beef heat a second skillet. Once preheated, add 2 tbsp. of butter.
Dice up Pumpkin, Onion, and Bell Peppers.
Add to the skillet with butter. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Spice Seasoning as well as Salt and Pepper to taste.
Sauté until the onions become translucent and the Pumpkin is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
Assemble tacos by adding some of the meat mixture and pumpkin mixture to a tortilla.
Top with desired ingredients and enjoy!
If you try this recipe, I’d love for you to come back and give it 5 stars!
For More Dinner Recipes from My Abiding Home:
- Sourdough Cheeseburger Pizza From Scratch
- The Best Teriyaki Meatballs Recipe
- How To Cook and Utilize A Whole Chicken
Tacos with Pumpkin Simple Recipe
- 2 Cast Iron Skillets
- Wooden Spoon
- Mixer with Dough hook
- Cutting board
- Optional: Wire rack or plate to cool tortillas
- 2 Tbsp. Butter
- Avocado Oil
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 1 cup of diced Pumpkin
- 2 Bell Peppers
- 1 Medium Onion
- 2 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
- 2 tsp. Chili Powder
- 2 tsp. Cumin
- 1/4 tsp. Smoked Paprika
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Spice Seasoning
- 1/8 tsp. Chipotle Chile Seasoning If you don’t have this on hand just leave it out, I promise the tacos will still be great
- Juice of a 1/4 lime
- Toppings of choice
Homemade Tortilla Recipe Ingredients:
- 1/8 tsp. Salt
- 1/4 Cup Lard homemade preferred
- 3/4 Cup Filtered Water
- 3 1/4 Cups All Purpose Einkorn Flour Can use regular Unbleached AP and just use 3 cups instead
- 1 Cup Sourdough Starter active
- If making homemade tortillas, prepare those ahead of time.
- In a pre-heated skillet add a drizzle of oil.
- Add ground beed to the hot skillet and brown. Add minced garlic when the beef is almost done cooking. Stir until aromatic.
- Add bone broth and seasonings to the skillet, minus the pumpkin spice seasoning.
- Mix well to combine. Simmer on low until most of the liquid is cooked out. Remove from heat when finished.
- While the beef is cooking, heat a second skillet on medium heat.
- Dice the pumpkin, onion, and bell peppers.
- Once the skillet is heated, add the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the pumpkin and veggies.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste over the veggies.
- Sprinkle pumpkin spice seasoning over veggies and stir to combine.
- Stir frequently to ensure the veggies do not stick to the pan.
- Sauté on medium heat until the onions are translucent and the pumpkin is cooked through. Remove from heat.
- Slice and prepare any additional toppings like limes, cheese, olives, etc.
- To a tortilla, add desired amount of beef mixture and veggie mixture.
- Add any additional toppings and enjoy!