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The Puking Pumpkin

October 5, 2018 (Last Updated: October 28, 2021) by Chris Collins

If there’s one recipe you need this Halloween it’s the Puking Pumpkin. Cause really, who doesn’t want a pumpkin throwing up guacamole all over Halloween?

Folks, it’s that time of the year again when we start making extremely questionable recipes in the name of Halloween. The puking pumpkin is no exception to that. It’s kinda beautiful though right? I mean as beautiful as a barfing pumpkin can be.

Guacamole Puking Pumpkin with tortilla chips

My usual go-to puking pumpkin recipe is just to pour guacamole on to a plate and pop some tortilla chips around (as above). But this year I thought I’d take things even further and to the whole thing into a tray of nachos. Because, well, why the heck not!?

I know, you’re still looking it like ‘that’s the grossest thing I’ve ever seen but god damn it I want nachos’. Yup, the dilemma never goes away, you just gotta dive straight in!

Anywho, if you’re making the nachos here’s my top tips:

Perfect nachos in the oven

  • Arrange chips in a single layer so they all get covered in cheese.
  • Use a sturdy chip such as corn chips to reduce the chance of them going soft.
  • Only bake until the cheese is just melted. It’s nearly impossible to get a cheese pull with crispy cheese. The cheese will continue melting after they’re out the oven.
  • Do not put the other toppings in the oven, nobody really likes warm guac.

Vomiting Pumpkin over nachos

With regards to carving the pumpkin I always advice drawing the outline first instead of going in blind. That and have a picture of what your want it to look like – my inspiration is always this emoji: 🤮

And it really is as simple as that!

The puking pumkin is so perfect for halloween because it’s so quick, easy and (grossly) delicious. I’m always so unprepared around halloween so this is without a doubt my go-to centre piece every year. Plus people love it.

Kinda grossly glorious right!?

However you choose to serve your puking pumpkin be sure to check out my homemade guacamole!

Pumpkin throwing up guacamole over nachos

Puking Pumpkin Nachos (Full Recipe & Video)

Pumpkin throwing up gaucamole over nachos

Puking Pumpkin Nachos

If there's one recipe you need this Halloween it's the Puking Pumpkin. Cause really, who doesn't want a pumpkin throwing up guacamole all over Halloween?!
5 from 20 votes
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Servings (click & slide): 8
Course: Appetizer / Finger Food
Cuisine: Halloween
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories per serving: 428kcal
Cost per serving: £2 / $2.50


  • Sharp Knife
  • Spoon (for gutting out seeds)
  • Baking Tray
  • Cheese Grater

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1 large Pumpkin
  • 1 tray of Tortilla Chips (approx 14oz/400g)
  • 2 cups / 200g Cheddar, grated
  • 1 cup Salsa, or as needed
  • 1 cup Guac, or as needed
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream, or as needed


  • Cut out a small circle at the tip of the Pumpkin, big enough to comfortably fit your hand in. Using a spoon, scoop out all the center of the Pumpkin. Draw on the style of face you want, then carefully carve out. Ensure the mouth is open to allow the guac to pour out.
  • Arrange chips on a tray and evenly top with cheese. Pop in the oven at 180C/350F for 10-15mins or until the cheese is just melted.
  • Pour over salsa, then sour cream and top with guac (making sure it's coming out of the pumpkin's mouth). Enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Homemade Guacamole - Check out my recipe!
b) Decoration - I like to serve with beer bottles surrounding the pumpkin, just to add to the grossness of everything. 
c) Do I have to make nachos? - Nope! You can just do tortilla chips and guac if you fancy. This would even work with something like chilli con carne on tortilla chips!
d) Calories - Based on sharing between 8 people with 1/2 cup sour cream.

Your Private Notes:


Nutrition Facts
Puking Pumpkin Nachos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 428 Calories from Fat 233
% Daily Value*
Fat 25.88g40%
Saturated Fat 7.634g38%
Trans Fat 0.295g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5.947g
Monounsaturated Fat 10.105g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 453mg19%
Potassium 388mg11%
Carbohydrates 38.67g13%
Fiber 5.2g21%
Sugar 2.09g2%
Protein 11.48g23%
Vitamin A 1150IU23%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 290mg29%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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Check out my Homemade Tortilla Chips to go with your Puking Pumpkin!

Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

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  • Reply
    March 11, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    5 stars
    Chris, thank you very much! I really liked the recipe, I took it to my recipe book.

  • Reply
    March 9, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    5 stars
    Chris, this sounds yummy! I would definitely make it again! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Reply
    March 6, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    5 stars
    Chris, it looks awesome! So much flavors packed on this recipe that makes this simply irresistible, definitely having this on my table!

    • Reply
      March 7, 2019 at 9:51 am

      Thanks Olga! Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    October 6, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    5 stars
    This is HILARIOUS! So fun for Halloween and I can’t help but chuckle a little when I look at it. Such a great idea 🙂

    • Reply
      October 6, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks Dawn! It’s so much fun to make! And eat 😉

  • Reply
    October 6, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    5 stars
    🙂 Love this idea! So easy and perfect for Halloween 🙂

    • Reply
      October 6, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      So so easy 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa Bryan
    October 6, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    5 stars
    Omg – this is the best! So perfect for Halloween and those nachos looks amazing. I’d for sure dig in!

    • Reply
      October 6, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Meldrum
    October 6, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    5 stars
    Haha that did make me laugh. It’s brilliant if a bit gross and totally perfect for Halloween. Love it!

    • Reply
      October 6, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      Let’s go with ‘gloriously gross’ lol. Thanks Jacqueline! 🙂

  • Reply
    Mary Bostow
    October 6, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    5 stars
    Wow what a great job. Looks very interesting. Incredibly beautiful presentation for Halloween. This sounds like something I need to try. I really like

    • Reply
      October 6, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks, Mary! 🙂

  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    October 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    5 stars
    This is such a fantastic idea for Halloween! I definitely need to give this a try!

    • Reply
      October 6, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      You totally should!! 🙂

  • Reply
    October 19, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness I am TOTALLY going to make this on Halloween!! Such a great idea!

    • Reply
      October 19, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Yay! Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply
    December 5, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    OMG, you’re right. I did think ‘That’s so gross!’ But sounds yummy and it’s a very funny post! 🙂

    • Reply
      October 8, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Haha thanks, Lili 🙂

  • Reply
    December 5, 2016 at 8:14 am

    I thought I was crafty with my pumpkin soup but, I think you just totally one up me . I think you might enjoy this post

    • Reply
      October 8, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      The soup looks delicious!!