Calabaza en Tacha (Mexican Candied Pumpkin) is a sweet pumpkin dessert simmered in a sweet piloncillo syrup with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. It is a typical Mexican fall dessert made for the Day of the Dead, “Dia de Los Muertos”.
Calabaza en Tacha (Mexican Candied Pumpkin)
This Calabaza en Tacha recipe is perfect for those that want to try a Mexican dessert in the fall or to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos. It’s an easy recipe and you’ll only need 5 main ingredients! It is also the perfect way to use up pumpkins instead of letting them go bad. Make a treat and reduce food waste all in one 🙂
The first time I had calabaza en tacha I was too young to truly appreciate it. However, it has become a part of my fall traditions and every time I taste it, I immediately feel comforted and at peace. Not only is it delicious and cozy, but it will also make your home smell like fall. I hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as I do!
Which Pumpkin/Squash to Use
Any typical pumpkin will work for this recipe, such as pie pumpkins or sugar pie pumpkins. I also recommend using butternut squash for this recipe. Sometimes it is more affordable and can be more accessible and affordable at grocery stores.
Be very careful when cutting and peeling your pumpkin. Dice the pumpkin in half down the middle to lay it flat and avoid cutting yourself. Click here for a tutorial on how to safely cut pumpkin or butternut squash.
Ingredients for Calabaza en Tacha
- Piloncillo: I highly recommend using piloncillo as it is the most authentic and has a different taste than regular brown sugar in my opinion. You can find it in any Mexican grocery store or large grocery store with a Mexican section/aisle.
- Cinnamon sticks: Try to use cinnamon sticks if possible instead of cinnamon powder. Break them up into 2-3 pieces for extra flavor.
- Vegan butter: I use Earth Balance but feel free to use your favorite vegan butter. Using butter is optional but I used it once and I love the extra flavor it adds
- Salt: A pinch of salt helps balance out flavors and helps give it that extra “oomph”. 😉