This recipe is from the University of Illinois Extension Program. The bright orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body. In the conversion of vitamin A, beta carotene performs many important functions in overall health.
1 lb. ground beef
½ cup chopped onion
1 can (16 oz) pumpkin
2 cups water
1 can kidney beans
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
1 ½ tsp chili powder
1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheese (optional)
½ cup low-fat sour cream (optional)
- Cook meat and onion until brown in a 3-quart saucepan. Drain.
- Add pumpkin, water, beans, taco seasoning mix, and chili powder.
- Bring to boil. Cover and simmer 30 mins.
- Garnish with cheese and sour cream.