Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pumpkin Chili, Pumpkin Dip, and Wicked Witch's Brew for #Halloween Party #SundaySupper

DKL's Pumpkin Chili
Hurricane Sandy or as I like to call her, "Sandygeddon," can't stop Halloween. Not in our house, anyway. I ventured to the grocery store because I needed festive cups in which to serve my pumpkin chili. As hoards of people were stocking up on bottled water and medical supplies, I was looking for serving dishes.

These are my priorities when it comes to Halloween and the party we throw for Peanut and her friends. After all, with Sandygeddon coming, this may be the only Halloween they get.

My pumpkin chili was a huge hit, among the adults AND the kids. 

So in the true DKL Halloween spirit, I am sharing three quick, easy, and fun recipes that our guests have enjoyed over the years for this great #SundaySupper theme. An entree, a sweet appetizer or snack, and a drink. All of them are sure to make your party extra spicy and spooktacular. Enjoy:

Pumpkin Chili

  • 1-1.5 lbs. ground beef
  • 1-1.5 lbs. ground pork
  • 1 20 oz. can tomato sauce (NOT puree)
  • 2 red bell peppers, food processed
  • 2 green bell peppers, food processed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5-6 gloves garlic, chopped.
  • 1 20 oz. can pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Optional seasoning (see below)
  1. Place your peppers in a food processor and spin them until they'res are a little liquidy. (Is that even word?) Chop your onion and garlic.
  2. Heat olive oil in large pot on medium. Add the onion and garlic. Stir until brown and onions start to become translucent. Then add peppers, Cook for 10-15 minutes. 
  3. Remove pepper mixture and set aside in a separate bowl.
  4. Add ground beef and pork to pot. I like to just dump it in and break it up into small pieces with a spatula as I turn it. I also like to spice it at this point. Do so to taste. I used cumin, Old Bay, garlic salt, and oregano. I eyeball these things. Cook until browned. Pour pepper mixture in again. The pepper mixture serves as a tasty base to your chili. Trust me. Let that cook 10-15 minutes. 
  5. Add tomato sauce and simmer for an hour.
  6. Add the pumpkin and simmer another hour.
  7. I like to cook it ahead of time and let it sit overnight int he fridge, then reheat it on the stove. I feel like the flavors really come out that way
Sweet Pumpkin Dip
Sweet Pumpkin Dip

  • 1 package low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Apple Slices
  • Nilla Wafers
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Blend with hand mixer until smooth.
  2. Refrigerate if not serving right away.
  3. Serve with apple slices and/or Nilla Wafers
Wicked Witch's Brew Punch

  • 2-2 liter bottles Sprite
  • 1 can orange juice concentrate
  • 1-48 oz. bottle white grape juice
  • orange or green sherbet
  • Vodka to taste (optional - wink wink)
  • Combine Sprite, concentrate, and grape juice in a large punch bowl. (Preferably a cauldron.)
  • Stir until the concentrate dissolves. This is to make it a little thicker.
  • Add your Vodka to taste, if it's that kind of party. (1 -1.75 liters. Buy the cheap plastic bottle stuff.)
  • Wait until you're ready to serve your guests to add the sherbet, which provides the "smoke" in the cauldron. You'll need to keep adding as you go if you want to keep up the effect. (Thus the preponderance of Vodka, since the sherbet dilutes the punch.)
  • Drink slowly. It packs a punch. (pun intended.)
Please check out these other #SundaySupper recipes to add even more tasty scares to your Halloween:

Bewitching Brews

Haunted Snacks:

Spooky Sweets:
Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day, Sunday October 28th during #SundaySupper. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm (Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about all things Halloween. All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat.


  1. I like how you prioritize, jaja! That chili sounds amazing, love the pumpkin idea. Have a great day!

  2. Love your chili! Sounds yummy!! I'm sure it was a hit. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Yummmm! The pumpkin chili sounds really amazing; thanks for sharing!

  4. Three great ideas, love them all. Never seen pumpkin chili but I bet it yummy!!

  5. The chili sounds amazing! Also, I'll take my punch with vodka (wink, wink).

  6. LOVE this! I agree w/ Jen, I will also take the punch with some Vodka!

  7. This all sounds so delicious and fun! Oh, and yes I also take the punch with vodka :) It makes me want to host a Halloween Party...well, next year :) Thank you for sharing - stay safe ~ Bea

  8. You have all the makings for a party all in this one post. From a tasty beverage, to appetizer, and main meal. Great job!

  9. You did not disappoint :) All the recipes are Fab ! My fav is the chili. Have some pumpkin and I may just make it for dinner if we still have power. The witch's brew is interesting too :)

  10. I have wanted to give pumpkin chili a try but have been afraid my significant other would think I am crazy. Oh well, I am giving this one a try!!!

  11. I just clipped this article because the pumpkin chili will be made this week! BTW I see nothing wrong with your priorities at the store :)

  12. The witches brew is my favorite. I may have to bring this to the Halloweed dance at monkey girls school. I am in charge of drinks.

  13. That pumpkin dip sounds amazing-I love anything with pumpkin. The witch's brew sounds yummy too-I like that it will be a creepy green color.

  14. What a great spread...great job! I want some of that dip...and a big bowl of chili! Stay safe and dry...thinking of you!!

  15. Can I come to your house for Sandygeddon? All of your dishes sound amazing! Happy Halloween!

  16. I love to add pumpkin to things like this. I made short ribs a week ago and added a can of pumpkin to it. Stay safe through Sandygeddon!

  17. This sounds great! so much pumpkin!

  18. I think your priorities are spot on. :) I love the idea of a pumpkin chili.

  19. Everything sounds great! Party Central!

  20. You can't keep a foodie away from food and you can't keep a blogger from posting. I love the addition of pumpkin to this chili. Stay safe!

  21. You sure did went all out with 3 recipes! Love the idea of pumpkin chili.

  22. Pumpkin chili is very different! The dip and apples sound like good treats no tricks!

  23. Wow, three recipes in one post! Awesome, love it! they all look wonderful! The sweet pumpkin dip sounds yummy!! Going to give this one a try! :)

  24. Your pumpkin chili looks so good! I look forward to trying it!!!

  25. What great ideas for Halloween. Hope you are doing well after Sandy!

  26. I want to come to your next Halloween party! All this sounds delicious!

  27. You rocked it out. If there's ever a storm heading my way I party with you. You do it up right.


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