Calabaza Tacha (Candied Pumpkin)

Winter squash cooked in a spiced sugar mixture is frequently eaten during Day of the Dead celebrations.

Serves: 8Prep: 5 minutesCook: 55 minutesTotal: 1 hourDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1 (4-5 lb.) calabaza or kabocha squash or sugar pumpkin
  • 16 ounces brown sugar or piloncillo cones
  • 3 Kroger Brand Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 4 cups water


  • Cut squash in half and remove the seeds. Cut each half into 4 pieces.
  • In a 4-quart saucepan, place sugar, cinnamon sticks, orange slices and water. Bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the squash pieces and bring back to a boil. Once boiling, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until pumpkin is tender.
  • Remove squash, covering to keep warm. Discard orange slices and cinnamon sticks.
  • Increase heat to medium-high and reduce cooking liquid to a thick syrup, about 30 minutes.
  • Drizzle squash with syrup. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.