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Pumpkin Tortilla Casserole

This gluten free pumpkin tortilla casserole is creamy and cheesy with just a little hint of spice. A great fall meal the whole family will love!

Savory pumpkin casserole topped with jalepeno slices

Alright guys, I walked out to my car yesterday morning to go to the gym and it was sub 50 degrees. I had to put the heat on for the 2 mile drive despite every inch of my soul not wanting to. So, I’m conceding to the pumpkin. It may be a week before fall officially arrives but the time has come.

I know we all love it for its perfect seasonal color, its (usual) companions of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves and its ability to assimilate into a savory dish just as easily as a sweet one but, let’s not forget the health aspects of pumpkin too.

I mean, it really should be re-named Fall’s Most Impressive Superfood when you get down to it.

Pumpkin Health Benefits

  • Pumpkin has over 200% of the daily recommended Vitamin A. Rich in beta-carotene, much like carrots, eating pumpkin is an excellent way to keep your eye-sight sharp
  • Pumpkin is a fiber rich. Its 3 grams of fiber per cup will help keep you feeling full longer.
  • Pumpkin seeds can help reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) making them a heart-healthy snack option.
  • Beta-carotene found in pumpkins is also considered an antioxidant that can help prevent cancer.
  • Pumpkin has more potassium per serving than a banana making it a great way to restore electrolytes after a hard workout.
a wooden spoon scooping out some of the tortilla pumpkin casserole

Not bad for an orange squash best known for frightening little children, huh?

To kick off the pumpkin season, I decided to go savory with this pumpkin tortilla casserole. It’s part casserole, part enchilada and all because of some unfortunate shipping fate when it came to a box of goodies Udi’s sent me last month.

While everything else was completely intact, the poor tortilla package looked like a truck ran over it when I opened the box and saw them still in the bag but in about 150 different pieces. Since wrapping something up in them was out of the question, I began thinking about how I could use the tortillas in a more…imaginative way.

And so, this broken pumpkin tortilla casserole was born.

It’s got all the elements of a good enchilada including a creamy, just slightly spicy pumpkin enchilada sauce for that fall spin with all the elements of a good casserole, namely cheese!

The result is this creamy, cheesy, chicken, pumpkin (butternut squash makes an excellent stand-in too) and black bean casserole all completely gluten-free thanks to those broken up tortilla pieces.

A serving of pumpkin casserole on a small white plate with a fork

Ingredients Needed

Pumpkin Enchilada Sauce

  • salsa
  • pumpkin puree
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • chicken broth
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sriracha
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • salt

For the casserole

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • red onion
  • jalapeno
  • minced garlic
  • cubed pumpkin – you can also use butternut squash
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • salt and pepper
  • black beans
  • cooked shredded chicken – use rotisserie chicken for a shortcut!
  • Udi’s Gluten Free large plain tortillas 
  • pumpkin enchilada sauce – the recipe for this can be found in the card below.
  • chicken broth
  • Mexican blend cheese

cheesy pumpkin casserole in a baking dish with a wooden spoon and a scoop missing

How to Make Easy Pumpkin Casserole

Make the sauce: Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

Saute the veggies: Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onions and jalapenos, cook until soften. The stir in the minced garlic. Add the spices and pumpkin to skillet, cover, and let it steam for 10 minutes until it’s fork tender.

Add the other casserole ingredients: Stir in the beans, chicken, and tortilla pieces. Pour in the enchilada sauce and broth. Add the cheese and stir.

Cook: Transfer the pumpkin casserole into a 9×13 baking dish and top with cheese and fresh jalapeno slices. Broil for 5 minutes and serve!

top view of 2 small plates with pumpkin casserole next to the baking pan

Tips for Making

  • For both the salsa and pumpkin puree, store bought is easiest, but you can also use a homemade version.
  • To reduce the heat, cut back on the sriracha and jalapeños.
  • While this is a one pan meal, you could also serve it with rice, cauliflower rice, of with a simple salad.
  • Keep the leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • To make this easy pumpkin recipe year round, buy a few extra pumpkins. Then go ahead and cube them and freeze.

More Savory Pumpkin Recipes:

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Pumpkin Tortilla Casserole

Pumpkin Tortilla Casserole

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This gluten free pumpkin tortilla casserole is creamy and cheesy with just a little hint of spice. A great fall meal the whole family will love!

Ingredients

Pumpkin Enchilada Sauce

  • 3/4 cup jarred salsa
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Casserole

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 cups cubed pumpkin or butternut squash (cubes cut to about 1/2 inch squares)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1-15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked shredded chicken
  • 3 Udi's Gluten Free large plain tortillas , torn or cut into pieces
  • pumpkin enchilada sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese, plus more for topping
  • 1/2 jalapeno, sliced

Instructions

Pumpkin Enchilada Sauce

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend/process until smooth. Set aside.

Casserole

  1. Place olive oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat.
  2. Once hot, add the red onions and jalapeños and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds until fragrant.
  4. Add the pumpkin or butternut squash along with the cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper, stir to combine, cover and let steam for about 10 minutes over medium-low heat until squash is fork tender.
  5. Uncover, add the beans, chicken and tortilla pieces and stir to combine.
  6. Add the enchilada sauce and chicken broth and stir again until well combined.
  7. Add the cheese, gently stir then transfer the entire mixture to a 9x13 or similar sized baking dish.
  8. Top with additional cheese (about 1/4 cup) and dot the jalapeño slices on top.
  9. Place the baking dish under the broiler in the oven for about 5 minutes until golden and bubbly.
  10. Remove and let sit for about 5 minutes before serving.
  11. Serve with freshly chopped cilantro and/or avocado if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 336Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 901mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 11gSugar: 9gProtein: 20g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Udi’s Gluten Free. The opinions and text are all mine.

2pots2cook

Monday 5th of November 2018

Shared and pinned the beauty !

Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

Friday 16th of September 2016

I am seriously obsessed with anything pumpkin + black beans. Love this so much!

Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen

Friday 16th of September 2016

GINA! This looks amazing. You know I'm a number 1 pumpkin fan, so I'm glad you're jumping on board a lil early cause I can't wait to make this! xoxo!

HL

Wednesday 14th of September 2016

Yum! This looks so comforting :) Can you please give me some tips for freezing the casserole? I'd love to make it to keep in my freezer!

Running to the Kitchen

Wednesday 14th of September 2016

I haven't tried freezing it so I can't tell you how it holds up, sorry!

gerry @foodness gracious

Wednesday 14th of September 2016

You need to move to California...what is this 50 degrees thing you talk about ;)

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