Spooky Puking Pumpkin Nachos for Halloween

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puking pumpkin recipe for halloween

What’s Up, Hungry People

Are you ready to create the ultimate spooky spectacle this Halloween? Delight and horrify your guests with our disgustingly delicious Pumpkin Puke Nachos. Using a real pumpkin as a serving vessel, these nachos aren’t just a treat to eat—they’re a horrifying showstopper!

Using a carved pumpkin helps keep the nacho cheese delectably warm as it dramatically spills from the mouth of the pumpkin onto a pile of shredded chicken and crispy tortilla chips. The slow oozing of the cheese puke creates a spectacularly ghastly effect, making it appear as though the pumpkin is endlessly regurgitating its contents.

The secret to achieving the perfect nacho cheese consistency—one that needs to ooze and flow like lava—is to begin with processed American cheese, combined with a touch of mozzarella. Start with a simple roux as your base; this thickens the cheese sauce, allowing for that ideal melty consistency. Then mix in the cheeses until they’re perfectly smooth and invitingly oozy. Add your sautéed veggies or your favorite salsa to elevate the flavor profile.

To maximize the gross-out factor, keep the cheese sauce warm and ready. When your guests arrive, fill the pumpkin right up to the brim. This ensures the melted cheese continues oozing throughout the evening, making every scoop as disgustingly delicious as the last.

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Here’s What You Need

  • Baking pumpkin: Serves as a creative and thematic serving vessel.
  • American cheese: Melts smoothly for a creamy cheese sauce.
  • Mozzarella cheese: Adds stretchiness and mild flavor to the cheese mixture.
  • Pepperjack cheese: Provides a spicy kick to the nacho cheese.
  • Heavy cream: Thickens and enriches the cheese sauce.
  • Milk: Thins the cheese sauce for better pouring.
  • Flour: Helps thicken the cheese sauce by forming a roux.
  • Butter: Used in roux and for sautéing, adds richness.
  • White onion: Adds sweetness and depth to the flavor base.
  • Jalapeno: Brings heat and a peppery flavor.
  • Red bell pepper: Adds color and a mild, sweet flavor.
  • Tomato: Contributes freshness and a slight acidity.
  • Salt & pepper: Seasonings to enhance all flavors.
  • Shredded chicken: Offers protein and texture contrast.
  • Tortilla chips: Provide crunch and are essential for nachos.
  • Pretzels: Add a salty crunch as an alternative dipper.
  • Carrots: Offer a crunchy, healthy dipping option.
  • Celery: Another crunchy, healthy dipper.
  • Dip-ables: Your choice of additional items to dip.
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Let’s Cook

First things first, let’s get our pumpkin ready for the show! Start by slicing off the top to create a lid. Now, grab a spoon or fork and go to town scraping out all the seeds and the stringy bits inside. You want a nice clean space for all that yummy cheese. Using a sharp knife, carve out a little extra flesh from around the opening to ensure it’s big enough for the cheese to flow through but not so big that the lid doesn’t fit snugly. Finally, carve a “mouth” at the front—it’s not just for looks; this is where your cheese will spill out!

Cook Up Some Flavor

Next up, let’s build the flavor foundation. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and toss in two tablespoons of butter. Once it’s melted, add in your chopped onions and peppers and give them a good stir. Next, throw in the diced tomatoes and let everything cook together until the juices have mostly evaporated. This concentrates the flavors, making everything tastier. Don’t forget to season with a bit of salt and pepper! Once done, scoop the veggies into a bowl and give your skillet a quick wipe to get ready for the next step.

Make the Cheese Sauce

Now, the star of the evening—the cheese sauce! Back in your skillet, melt the remaining butter over medium heat. When it’s all liquid gold, sprinkle in the flour and stir until you’ve got a golden roux happening. Slowly pour in about a quarter cup of your heavy cream and keep stirring until smooth. Add the rest of the cream and keep that arm moving until everything’s nice and homogenous.

It’s cheese time! Add all your cheeses to the skillet and pour in the milk. Let everything warm up and start to meld together. Keep stirring until you’ve got a smooth, velvety cheese sauce. It might take about 10-15 minutes, but trust me, it’s worth every minute.

Assemble and Serve

Alright, it’s showtime! Spoon your sautéed veggies back into the cheese sauce and give it a good stir. Now, bring your pumpkin back into the spotlight. Arrange a nice serving platter with your shredded chicken, tortilla chips, pretzels, and whatever else you’ve got for dipping. Place the pumpkin right in the center. When you’re ready, pour the cheese sauce into the pumpkin, watching it spill out of the mouth like a cheesy cascade. Pop the lid back on to keep things warm, and get ready to watch your guests marvel at your disgustingly delicious creation. Enjoy the gasps and giggles – Happy Halloween!

Tips for Perfect Pumpkin Puke Nachos

  • Prep the pumpkin carefully: Ensure the pumpkin is properly hollowed out and the mouth is carved to be large enough for the cheese to flow freely, but not too wide that it loses its structural integrity. Be careful not to cut through to the bottom of the pumpkin; you want it to hold the cheese effectively without leaks.
  • Achieve the right cheese consistency: The key to perfect oozing cheese is in the balance of ingredients. If the cheese sauce is too thick, add a bit more milk a tablespoon at a time until it reaches a pourable consistency. If it’s too thin, let it simmer a bit longer, or add a bit more cheese mixed with a sprinkle of flour.
  • Keep the cheese warm: To ensure the cheese remains flowy throughout your event, consider keeping a small, food-safe heating element or a candle warmer underneath the pumpkin. This keeps the cheese at the perfect temperature for oozing without cooking it further.
  • Serving and presentation: When setting up your serving area, place the pumpkin on a large platter surrounded by the dip-ables. This not only makes for a dramatic presentation but also catches any drips of cheese sauce, keeping your table clean.


So, there you have it, Hungry People! With these puking pumpkin nachos, you’re all set to add a bit of fright and a lot of flavor to your Halloween festivities. It’s a perfect conversation starter that’ll have your guests both marveling and giggling at your creativity. Plus, it’s a great way to get everyone involved in the fun, dipping into the cheesy goodness and enjoying a variety of snacks. Remember, the best part of Halloween is creating those memorable moments that both scare and delight. So go ahead, serve up this spooky spectacle, and watch as your pumpkin becomes the life (or the afterlife) of the party!

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Puking Pumpkin Nachos

The Starving Chef
This Halloween, thrill your guests with our puking pumpkin nachos, featuring a carved pumpkin oozing with creamy, spicy cheese sauce.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Halloween
Cuisine American, Dips, Holidays, Snack
Servings 8


  • 1 small baking pumpkin
  • 8 oz American cheese
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz pepperjack cheese
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup white onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno chopped
  • ½ cup red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup tomato diced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded chicken for serving
  • tortilla chips for serving
  • pretzels for serving
  • carrots for serving
  • celery for serving
  • your favorite dip-ables!


  • Cut open the top of the pumpkin. Use a spoon or fork to scrape down the insides of the pumpkin to remove the seeds and stringy bits. Use a sharp knife to remove some of the excess flesh from around the opening, taking care not to cut the opening wider than the "lid" of the pumpkin. Carve a "mouth" hole into the front of the pumpkin. Set aside.
  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, add two tablespoons of butter and sauté the onions, jalapeno, and bell peppers. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for about five minutes, or until most of the juices have evaporated. Season with salt and pepper. Scrape the softened veggies into a separate bowl and wipe the skillet clean.
  • Make a simple roux by adding the remaining half cup of butter to the skillet. When it has nearly completely melted, add the flour all at once. Stir until the flour is golden, then pour in about a quarter cup of heavy cream and stir until smooth. Pour in the remaining heavy cream and stir until completely combined.
  • Place the cheeses into the roux and then pour in the milk. Let simmer for a minute or two to soften the cheese, then stir constantly until the cheeses are completely melted and mixed together – about 10-15 minutes. Keep the cheese warm or in a microwavable container until ready to serve.
  • Add the cooked veggies onto the top of the cheese. When ready to serve, arrange a plate with shredded chicken, tortilla chips, pretzels (whatever you wanna dip!) and place the pumpkin in the center. Slowly pour the melted cheese into the top of the pumpkin and watch as it oozes out its mouth. Place the "lid" back on the pumpkin to help keep the cheese warm and gooey. Have a happy Halloween!


Keyword cheese, pumpkin
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