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Easy Pumpkin Chili Sauce

This 5-ingredient Easy Pumpkin Chili Sauce is spicy, sweet, and oh so scrumptious. This sauce can be prepared in less than 10 minutes and pairs perfectly with everything from appetizers, mains, and sides.

Photo of jar with Pumpkin Chili Sauce

This Easy Pumpkin Chili Sauce always has my daughter and me licking our fingers and our plates. I have been making this sauce for a while now. And it’s a recipe that does not disappoint.

What are the ingredients needed to make this pumpkin chili sauce?

You need only 5 ingredients to make this sauce, and they are:

  1. maple syrup,
  2. 100% pure pumpkin puree,
  3. fresh garlic,
  4. red wine vinegar, and
  5. chili flakes.

Can this sauce really be ready in less than 10 minutes?

Most definitely! All you need to do to prepare this pumpkin chili sauce is to add the ingredients to a heavy bottom pan and let them simmer for 4 – 6 minutes, stirring vigorously, so they don’t burn.

The hardest step in making this sauce is peeling the garlic and grating it. The next hardest step is opening the can of pumpkin puree.

A jar with easy pumpkin chili sauce on a grey backgroumd.

How do you serve this sauce?

This pumpkin chili sauce can be served warm or cold.

In the past, I have slathered chicken drumsticks with this sauce. I have also served it on top of little phyllo dough appetizers.

These days I usually serve this sauce with everything from these Baked Purple Sweet Potato Fritters to this roasted cabbage. Sometimes, I make a batch of this and serve it on a charcuterie board along with some mango chutney, sweet chili sauce, veggie crudites, homemade crackers, and some cut-up pita bread.

This sauce happened one day when I wanted to make a batch of some homemade sweet chili sauce and did not have any tomato paste.

I did have some pumpkin puree and decided to experiment with it instead. And, the result was simply delicious.

From September 2018:

I first shared this pumpkin chili sauce when my daughter and I attended a football game at the University of GA in Athens. On game days, the little college town of Athens would transform into a sea of red and black in anticipation of a Bulldogs win.

Collage of University Of Georgia Bulldawgs Season Opener
Our first and last football game. We got free tickets to go and lasted all of 10 minutes before hightailing it out of that stadium!

Now, I am not a football fan at all. If I am invited to a friend’s place to watch a game, I show up. But, truth be told, I have no idea who is playing who or even for that matter what sport it is. The main attraction for me is the table of food!

UGA Tailgating With Products From Kroger Photo

One time we even had a tailgating get-together, and my daughter and I went all out and decked out the truck of my car! We had chicken drumsticks with pumpkin chili sauce, some phyllo appetizers (recipe below), and a plethora of drinks, and veggies.

Photo of Easy Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells

How do you make these Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells?

Ingredients to make these appetizers are:

  1. Extra virgin olive oil
  2. onion
  3. fresh garlic
  4. yellow potatoes
  5. hatch chilies
  6. coriander
  7. smoked paprika
  8. parsley
  9. And store-bought phyllo shells (baked according to pkg directions)
Photo of Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells With Pumpkin Chili Sauce

Directions to make these appetizers:

  1. Peel and finely chop up the onion and garlic.
  2. Place a pan over medium heat with the EVOO. Then add chopped onion and garlic into the pan and let sauté about 7-10 minutes, stirring ever so often to keep onion and garlic from burning.
  3. While onion and garlic are cooking, wash and dice potatoes into very tiny pieces and hatch chilies too. Then add diced potato and hatch chili to onion and garlic mix along with the smoked paprika, 1 tsp of the parsley and coriander.
  4. Turn the heat down a bit and sauté about 10 more minutes or until potato bits are tender.
  5. Taste at this point and season with salt and pepper accordingly.
  6. Spoon potato hatch chili mix into pre baked phyllo shells.
  7. Garnish with the remaining tsp of parsley and chili flakes (optional).
  8. Add a small dollop of the pumpkin chili sauce onto the Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells and enjoy!
Photo of Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells for tailgating

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Photo of jar with Pumpkin Chili Sauce

Easy Pumpkin Chili Sauce

Yield: 10 servings of the pumpkin chili sauce
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

This 5-ingredient Easy Pumpkin Chili Sauce is spicy, sweet, and oh so scrumptious. This sauce can be prepared in less than 10 minutes and pairs perfectly with everything from appetizers, mains, and sides.


  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup 100% pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp red pepper flakes (or 1 tablespoon for a less spicy sauce)
  • salt and pepper to taste


Pumpkin Chili Sauce

  1. Add maple syrup, pumpkin puree, red wine vinegar, and chili flakes to a pan over medium/low heat.
  2. Peel the garlic cloves.
  3. Using a grater, carefully grate the garlic cloves into the maple pumpkin puree mix in the pan.
  4. Let cook for 4-6 minutes over medium/low heat, stirring often. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper, and enjoy as a marinade or topping.

Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 76Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 36mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 15gProtein 0g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an approximation only. Savory Spin makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Please do consult a professional nutritionist for more accurate information. Please do keep in mind that prep times, cooking times, etc, are provided as guidelines as there are so many variables at play.

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