Guest Post: Emmy Lu's Pumpkin Pot

If you loved Bethany's last Halloween idea, get out your pens and pencils because here is another clever idea to use for your party. I've already gushed about her in the last post but that doesn't mean I can't do a little more right? Lets just say she is cool.

I won't keep you in suspense any longer. Let's hear all about it...

Today I want to share with you another fun project, perfect for the fall season. If you are looking for something a little different to serve at your next autumn gathering or Halloween party, this just might do the trick.


Last year, as I was preparing for our annual Halloween party, and brainstorming ideas for something to serve, I had a lightbulb moment in the midst of carving pumpkins for our front porch. What better thing to serve but chili, spicy and simmering with fall flavors; and what better way to serve it than out of a hollowed out pumpkin!!? I promptly began researching the concept, and found a couple sites that confirmed that this was a safe and doable idea.


To make your own "pumpkin cauldron", find the largest pumpkin possible, cut a large round opening at the top, and then thoroughly remove all of the "guts". Make sure to scoop and remove all of the stringy stuff and stray seeds. Then spray the inside and outside and the top of the pumpkin with cooking spray. Place them separately on a large, greased cookie sheet. Set the oven to 350 degrees, and bake the pumpkin for 1 hour, until the outside has turned a dark golden orange color. Remove, and promptly add your chili (or soup!). The pumpkin will not only provide a great conversation piece, it will also help to keep the chili warm, and offer a lovely pouf of steam each time the top is opened.


If you are looking for a good chili recipe, here is the one that I use, and let me tell you, it's really tasty!! Enjoy!
2 lg onions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 lbs. ground beef
2 (16 oz) cans red kidney beans, undrained
1 (16 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1-1/2 tsp. salt
2-4 T. chili powder
1 bay leaf, crush
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
3/4 tsp. oregano
dash paprika
dash cayenne
1. In large pot, saute onion, green pepper, and garlic in oil until tender.
2. Add ground beef and brown; drain off fat.
3. Add kidney bean, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and seasonings to beef mixture.
4. Simmer 1-1/2 hours, covered. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Ok, pencils down.

By the way, I'm really impressed with how perfectly round that pumpkin is! Am I the only one who finds misshapen ones with huge ugly spots? Maybe Bethany needs to take me pumpkin picking!


  1. Anonymous10:54 AM

    I love this idea! I agree about the pumpkin - how did she find one so perfect?
    pk @ Room Remix

  2. Our "traditional" Halloween meal is Dinner in a Pumpkin. A casserole cooked and served inside a pumpkin - with the squash as part of the meal. Just make sure you get a pumpkin small enough to fit in your oven!

  3. Yummy! I made chili yesterday and love the idea of serving it in a pumpkin. Cute!

  4. How festive! I love this idea, and chili is one of my favorite foods, so I love it even more!

  5. Once while at a chic chic french eatery I was served pumpkin soup in a little pumpkin, had forgotten all about it until I saw this post. What a great idea...I just may have to try this myself! Thanks...Janell

  6. I've been wanting to try this for years. This may be my time! And you're right- that is one perfect punkin!

  7. Genius!! I will definitely be trying this out! Thanks so much, Bethany! :)

  8. This is great! I just invited the in laws over for chili and pumpkin carving this weekend so this will be perfect! Thanks!

  9. Anonymous3:45 PM

    This is the cutest thing I have ever seen!

  10. I absolutely CANNOT wait to try this! SO COOL!

  11. Anonymous4:24 PM

    Oh what a great idea..THANK YOU I love it !!!

    That pumpkin is so PERFECT !!!

    Kathy :)

  12. Fabulous, I've printed the recipe. It is a must for this weekend.

  13. Love this idea! It's so simple, I just had a 'why didn't I think of that?' moment :)


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