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Calabaza en Tacha (Candied Pumpkin)

 If you want to try a twist on the American classic dishes try making calabaza en tacha or candied pumpkin. This is a traditional Mexican recipe that is commonly prepared for Dia de los Muertos, but would make a lovely dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time52 mins
Course: Desserts, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8
Calories: 165kcal


Spiced Piloncillo Syrup


  • Rinse off the exterior of the pumpkin in cool or warm water, no soap. Using a serrated knife cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the pumpkin seeds. Scrape out the stringy layer (pulp) with a spoon. Discard seeds and pulp. Cut the pumpkin into 3- to 4-inch slices leaving the skin on.
  • In a large pot, steam the pumpkin in water, cinnamon, and cloves making sure to keep the lid on tight, for 20 to 40 minutes, or until pumpkin is tender. The pumpkin is ready when your fork slides easily into the flesh.
  • In a small saucepan place water, cinnamon stick, and piloncillo on a very low heat until the piloncillo melts. Be sure to stir frequently.
  • Serve slices of pumpkin with syrup and drizzle with sweetened condensed milk.


  • The skin softens while cooked and is also edible.
  • Sometimes star anise is added along with the cloves and cinnamon. Feel free to try add 1-2 star anise to the pot.


Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 777mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 19307IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg