calabaza en tacha

Calabaza en Tacha, or Mexican candied pumpkin, is a traditional Mexican dessert. This sweet and comforting dish features tender pumpkin served in a thick and luscious syrup.

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Ingredients Needed

Leaving the skin on the pumpkins makes it easier to handle, plus the skin is edible.

*Quick Tip!*

- pumpkin - piloncillo - cinnamon - clove - orange - water

Add the piloncillo, water, cinnamon sticks, clove, and orange zest to a Dutch oven. Cook over medium-high heat for 10 minutes.


Discard the seeds and cut the pumpkin into 4-inch chunks. Carefully add the pumpkin chunks to the pot skin side up.  Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 60 minutes.


Carefully transfer the cooked pumpkin to a serving tray or bowl and set aside. Raise the heat to medium-high and reduce the piloncillo syrup for 10 minutes.


Place some of the candied pumpkins into bowls with a generous amount of syrup drizzled on top!