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Pumpkin Chili Sauce & Two Tailgating Recipes

I have partnered with Kroger to bring y’all this Pumpkin Chili Sauce, Pumpkin Chili Chicken and Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells. As always, all opinions are my own – thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep this blog spinning!

This spicy and sweet pumpkin chili sauce is a spunky accompaniment for game day eats. Slather it on chicken for some tasty Pumpkin Chili Chicken or dollop it onto Potato And Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells for a delicious game day appetizer that is sure to be a crowd favorite!

Photo of jar with Pumpkin Chili Sauce

On the afternoon of Saturday, September 1st, this little college town of Athens, GA transformed into a sea of red and black in anticipation of the UGA Bulldogs’ football season opener. From tailgating fans to those watching from inside Sanford Stadium (like my daughter and I were), the excitement was electric – and hard to ignore.

Collage of University Of Georgia Bulldawgs Season Opener

Last October, I moved to this little college town of Athens, smack dab in the middle of football season. During those first few weekends just after moving, I would often head to the neighborhood Kroger store at the break of dawn, to pick up necessities that didn’t get packed.

Photo of Pumpkin Chili Chicken Drumsticks

On those drives, I found myself fascinated by those die-hard UGA fans who would start tailgating even before the sun was fully up! And, before long, I came to realize that UGA football weekends are filled with bustling tailgating feastivities from before sunup to way after sundown!

Photo of Easy Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells

So, this year I figured, why not join in – eh?! With that said, today I have two recipes that are perfect for tailgating (or homemaking) adventures that make use of a sweet and spicy, Pumpkin Chili Sauce.

UGA Tailgating With Products From Kroger Photo

Which means, technically, I am sharing three recipes here today. One for a delicious, toe-curling, sweet and spicy, Pumpkin Chili Sauce. Another for Pumpkin Chili Chicken. And, a third for Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells that makes use of that pumpkin chili sauce as a topping.

Photo of Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells With Pumpkin Chili Sauce

Starting with that Pumpkin Chili Sauce, it is made with 5 main ingredients that I picked up from Kroger:

• honey,

• garlic,

• red wine vinegar,

• chili flakes, &

• 100% pumpkin puree.

Simply add all the ingredients together in a pan over medium heat. Stir them as they stew together for about 6 minutes, season with salt and pepper and boom! This Pumpkin Chili Sauce is ready to enjoy!

I marinated some Simple Truth™ Natural Chicken Drumsticks in this Pumpkin Chili Sauce and then baked them up, but they can be easily grilled as well for a tasty tailgating tidbit. And, you can sub in chicken for any meat you like. Or, even top your favorite burger with a generous dollop of this pumpkin chili sauce and you won’t be disappointed.

Photo of Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells for tailgating

As Hatch chilies were on sale at Kroger, I brought home a bunch and then sautéed them up with some potatoes, onions, garlic, smoked paprika and coriander. I then used that potato hatch chili filling to stuff some phyllo shells to make some easy-to-handle, Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells. These Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells topped with that Pumpkin Chili Sauce were an instant hit with spice lovers and non-spice lovers alike.

Also, on our tailgating menu were roasted veggies that were slathered with that pumpkin chili sauce. As well as some salad skewers, summer berries and Kroger Private Selection soft drinks and water. When I was shopping at Kroger for the ingredients I needed for these dishes, I also stumbled on a plethora of UGA fan memorabilia right there in Kroger!

Kroger was my one-stop for all my game day eats and supplies! So, next time you are prepping for game day, why not head to Kroger to stock up on all your tailgating (or homegating) supplies and ingredients.

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Photo of Pumpkin Chili Chicken Drumsticks

Pumpkin Chili Sauce • Pumpkin Chili Chicken • Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells

Yield: 10 servings of the pumpkin chili sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

This spicy and sweet pumpkin chili sauce is a spunky accompaniment for game day eats. Slather it on chicken for some tasty Pumpkin Chili Chicken or dollop it onto potato and hatch chili Phyllo Shells for a delicious game day appetizer that is sure to be a crowd favorite!

Ingredients

Pumpkin Chili Sauce

  • Ingredients:
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ½ cup 100% pumpkin puree
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup chili flakes, or 2 tablespoons for a less spicy sauce
  • ¼ tsp salt and pepper to taste

Pumpkin Chili Chicken

  • Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup Pumpkin Chili Sauce
  • 10 Simple Truth™ Natural Chicken Drumsticks

Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 yellow potatoes
  • 2 hatch chilies
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 +1 tsp parsley
  • 15 baked phyllo shells
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

Pumpkin Chili Sauce

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

Pumpkin Chili Chicken

  1. Place chicken and pumpkin chili sauce in a plastic bag, seal bag and toss so chicken is well coated with the pumpkin chili sauce.
  2. Place bag in refrigerator and let chicken marinade in sauce for about 30 minutes.
  3. Line a baking tray with foil, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Place chicken on foil lined baking tray and cook chicken for 35-40 minutes or until the internal temperature is 180 degrees F.
  5. Remove from the oven, season with salt and pepper if desired, and enjoy with extra pumpkin chili sauce on the side to dip chicken drumsticks into.

Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells

  1. Finely chop up the onion and garlic.
  2. Place a pan over medium heat with the oil. 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 ready-to-use phyllo shells.
  7. Garnish with the remaining tsp of parsley and chili flakes (optional). Add a small dollop of the pumpkin chili sauce onto the Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells and enjoy!

Notes

*While prep and cook times are for Pumpkin Chili Sauce Prep time, the other recipes are as follows:

• Pumpkin Chili Chicken Prep time: 30 minutes, Cook Time: 35 minutes, Serving Size 2 chicken drumsticks 

Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook Time: 20 minutes, Serving Size 2 Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells

**Nutrition info is only for the pumpkin chili sauce (using Very Well Fit), but please feel free to use Very Well Fit or your favorite nutrition data calculator to check the accuracy or all three recipes.

Nutrition Information
Yield 10
Amount Per Serving Calories 85Sodium 61mgCarbohydrates 22.5gFiber 0.5gSugar 21.4gProtein 0.3g

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Ron

Wednesday 12th of September 2018

What a great way to dive into tailgating. Really loving that Bulldog spirit. But then living in Sweden I have, as they say (I think), "No dog in that fight". Your pumpkin chili sauce sounds amazing, got to have some, but we can't easily get pumpkin puree here. What do you think of using baked butternut squash puree?

Ben|Havocinthekitchen

Tuesday 11th of September 2018

When I saw this roasted chicken, I almost passed out as it looks fantastic, Shashi (Thus, the recipe must be declared dangerous and removed from the Internet haha). Love this pumpkin sauce, so unique. The combo of pumpkin, honey, garlic, and chilli must be delicious, so I'll need to give it a try (Well I'll just reduce the amount of hot peppers a bit to my liking...like only 1/4 teaspoon) :) Great job!

Mimi

Sunday 9th of September 2018

WOW! I love this pumpkin-based sauce. But what you've put it on is really fantastic! Your photos are great - happy football season!

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Sunday 9th of September 2018

My best childhood memories are of tailgating before University of Oregon games. Football season is definitely one of my favorites and now I MUST TRY your pumpkin chili sauce. I'm thinking next Saturday. . .with maybe a few practice runs before then. You know, just to be sure I have the hang of it before game day :). YUM!