Calabazas en Tacha Recipe

Try this unique twist on Calabazas en Tacha by pouring milk over the dish to enjoy Calabaza cereal.


Makes 6 servings


One sugar pumpkin (1-2lb)
4 8oz cones of piloncillo (may sub 1 cup brown sugar per cone)
2 sticks of cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla paste/extract
1 orange peel
1 tsp ginger minced
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
4 cups of water
1 cup of milk


  1. Cut pumpkin in wedges or large chunks and add all ingredients into large pot.

  2. Set on medium/low and cook covered for 45 min.

  3. Carefully turn the pieces around to make sure they cook evenly.

  4. Cover and Cook for another 30 min.

  5. Carefully remove pieces from pot and place in pan and refrigerate.

  6. Reduce syrup by half, add in 1 cup of milk and pour over pumpkin pieces in fridge.

  7. Eat with a glass of milk or pour milk over and have Calabaza cereal!


520 calories; 0.5g fat; 0g saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 2g protein; 135g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 25mg sodium; 74mg calcium. Nutrition figures based on using lowfat white milk and do not include optional ingredients.

Recipe & photo by: Chef Claudette Zepeda