Pumpkin Atole A Fast, Easy Mexican Tradition

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Welcome the flavors of autumn with this comforting pumpkin atole. Ideal with pan dulce or tamales, Atole, sometimes called Atol in English, is a traditional Mexican, corn-based, warm beverage. You can find it in a variety of flavors like pumpkin, of course, but also strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, coconut, lime, and more. Today, I’ll teach you how to make pumpkin atole in just minutes using easy to find ingredients. Enjoy!

Pumpkin atole

Thank you to the folks at Kroger for making this pumpkin atole recipe post possible. As always my love for atole and Mexican traditions are my own.

This atole was inspired by flavors of autumn including “calabaza in tacha,” a popular Mexican dessert made with cooked pumpkin, or calabaza de Castilla as we know it in Mexico, piloncillo (a kind of brown sugar in rock form), cinnamon, and a little bit of milk on the top.

I have fond memories of my abuelita warming up a delicious mug of atole for me during the cold nights of autumn, especially around the time of Day of the Dead. So in honor of my grandma, who could never say no to a warm cup of atole, I share this my simple pumpkin atole recipe with you.

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Pumpkin atole with conchas

The ingredients should be very easy to find. I found all of mine at Ralphs, one of the Kroger Family of Stores. Check it out, there’s likely one close to home. I especially like their canned pumpkin for this recipe, it’s not only delicious, but it saves me a lot of time when preparing this recipe.

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Some like atole with a thinner consistency, while some like it very thick. Either way, it always makes for a comforting, sweet, delicious, warm beverage.

If you make your own Pumpkin Atole, be sure to snap a photo and share it with us on social media using the #mamalatinatipsrecipes hashtag. I’d love to see it and have a chance to share it as well. Here’s the recipe.

Pumpkin Atole

Prep time: 3 minutes

Start to finish: 25 minutes

Makes 6 cups

Pumpkin atole ingredients

You will also need:

  • A pot
  • A strainer

Combine 4 cups milk, cinnamon stick and sugar, place on stove on high heat and move continuously until sugar is completely dissolved.

Whisk in pumpkin and bring to the boil.

Pouring Simple Truth pumpkin into milk

In a separate cup, dissolve the cornstarch into 1 cup of cold milk until smooth.

Mixing corn starch and milk

When milk and pumpkin mixture starts to simmer and rise, give a quick whisk to the cornstarch mixture and pour it in.

Reduce temperature to medium-high and stir constantly for 5 minutes or to your desired consistency. The more it cooks the thicker it will become.

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Strain the atole to remove the cinnamon pieces and let it cool down for about 10 minutes. Serve with tamales or pan dulce. It’s also delicious on its own.

Pumpkin atole and ofrenda

We often include a mug of atole with our traditional Day of the Dead display or offering, it was a favorite of my abuelita.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are new to celebrating Day of the Dead. Typically the display is colorful and simple, and often includes photos of loved ones who have passed. In addition, we usually include their favorite foods as well as some of their favorite things.

Our family likes to spend time together telling stories about our ancestors during our celebration.

Sugar skulls and flowers

In the meantime I invite you to visit TuKroger.com, where you’ll be amazed by the variety of products, inspiring cooking ideas, and special offers to create Latin dishes for your holiday celebrations. Oh, and you can choose your language! Either Spanish or English, how cool is that?

If you’d like to read more about our family’s and others’ Day of the Dead traditions, check out My Son’s Day of the Dead photo essay, a look at a typical town’s Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico, a Short Guide to the Meaning Behind a Traditional Day of the Dead Offering.

Print the recipe below:

Pumpkin atole

Pumpkin Atole

Welcome the flavors of autumn with this comforting pumpkin atole. Ideal with pan dulce or tamales. Easy to make and always delicious.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 6 cups

Ingredients

  • 5 cups milk divided
  • 1 big Mexican cinnamon stick
  • 3/4 cup Kroger® dark brown sugar
  • 1 (15 oz) can Simple Truth Organic acked pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons Kroger® pure cornstarch

You will also need:

  • A pot
  • A strainer

Instructions

  • Combine 4 cups milk, cinnamon stick and sugar, place on stove on high heat and move continuously until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Whisk in pumpkin and bring to the boil.
  • In a separate cup, dissolve the cornstarch into 1 cup of cold milk until smooth.
  • When milk and pumpkin mixture starts to simmer and rise, give a quick whisk to the cornstarch mixture and pour it in.
  • Reduce temperature to medium-high and stir constantly for 5 minutes or to your desired consistency. The more it cooks the thicker it will become.
  • Strain the atole to remove the cinnamon pieces and let it cool down for about 10 minutes. Serve with tamales or pan dulce. It's also delicious on its own.
Course: Hot Beverages
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: how to make mexican atole, Pumpkin atole, recipes with pumpkin, What is atol?
Author: Silvia

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stacey
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stacey

This sounds warm and comforting. Its a perfect chilly night drink for the time of the year.

Carina
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Carina

Oh this looks delicious! This looks like the perfdcr nonalcoholic drink to have on Thanksgiving 😋

Joan
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Joan

I have never had this, but I sure want to try it out. Looks really yummy and hearty.

Jessica Taylor
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Jessica Taylor

I cant wait to try this! I love all things pumpkin!

Stephanie
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Stephanie

YUM! Can’t go wrong with pumpkin flavoured drinks! Thanks for sharing!

Fran Jorgensen
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Fran Jorgensen

I had no idea about this drink! It looks so yummy and I can’t wait to try it with my family! I am from south america and I love learning about our neighbours traditions and recipes! Thanks for sharing

kumamonjeng
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kumamonjeng

This hot beverages will make me warm in the winter, love to try out especially with a big Mexican cinnamon stick, thats kind of interesting.

Heather
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Heather

I’ve never heard of this before but it’s giving me all the Fall vibes! I’ll have to try it sometime.

Lori
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Lori

Sounds amazing! I love pumpkin flavored anything- I will definitely have to try this recipe soon.

Mommy Sigrid
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Mommy Sigrid

Ohhhh I’ve never had this. I wonder how it tastes. Looks so yummy! Too bad we don’t have packed pumpkin. What can I use as a substitute?

Ola @ WanderWithOla
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Ola @ WanderWithOla

Wow, I’ve never heard about atole before. This recipe looks really good, and it would definitely make a delicious and comforting drink during the autumn season.

Renee
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Renee

This sounds so good. What can you substitute for pumpkin? Not a fan of it. I would love to make this.

Terri
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Terri

This looks like a delicious warm beverage for a crisp fall day. I have never heard of this before.

Debby
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Debby

I love all things pumpkin and Mexican is one of my favorite types of foods. so this sounds divine. But what is different about Mexican cinnamon as opposed to regular cinnamon?

Tonya Wilhelm
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Tonya Wilhelm

I love this! I would never have thought of pumpkin filling in a drink. I have to give it a try.

LAKATWOMAN
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LAKATWOMAN

I love learning about different cultures and simple things like this makes it easier to be appreciated!

aditi
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aditi

I have never heard of Atole but this sounds absolutely delicious. Just in time to use for fall.

Maartje van Sandwijk
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Maartje van Sandwijk

Never heard of this but it sounds absolutely delicious!

Som Tripathi
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Som Tripathi

Thanks for sharing this recipe, Found out about it first time looks like I have another thing to try with pumpkins this season

Grace
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Grace

Interesting pumpkin recipe! Its my first time hearing and seeing such thing and it seems delicious. Gotta try this one soon. Thanks

Traci Frett
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Traci Frett

A super interesting drink! I’ve never heard of this before. My sister is a fan of pumpkin – I will have to send her this recipe.

Llili Mila
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Llili Mila

I have had pumpkin pie, but never this pumpkin recipe before. I would love to try it and the recipe seems very easy to follow.

Terri Beavers
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Terri Beavers

I have yet to try anything with pumpkin in it that I did not LOVE with my whole being. I’ll have to try this, this weekend when I have company coming. It will be fun to get everyone in a fall mood.

Talya
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Talya

I have never heard of this drink, but it sounds delicious (if i am being honest, anything with pumpkin sounds delicious to me!!) I will have to give this recipe a try this fall.

Heather
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Heather

Yum, I definitely want to try this! I love pumpkin and as the mornings are getting cooler here, we’re enjoying more warm drinks.

Rosey
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Rosey

My first to hear of atole. It looks scrumptious to me, and I love that it uses pumpkin.

Swathi
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Swathi

This looks delicious drink, I am in search of pumpkin drink recipe, I am going to try it. Perfect for get together.

lotta andersen
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lotta andersen

What a treat! I need to make this when I have family visiting to celebrate halloween.

Edward
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Edward

I’m into pumpkin, I think this one is worth a shot

Vikrant Nimbalkar
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Vikrant Nimbalkar

I have never tried this. I can’t wait to try this one. Looks very tempting. Thank you for sharing.

Anosa Malanga
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Anosa Malanga

Glad I was able to see the recipe. This is a good idea to include on what we will prepare over the coming Halloween party.

Mommy Peach
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Mommy Peach

It’ s my first time to hear about this drink and it sounds and looks absolutely delicious.

Ale
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Ale

This is such a good idea! Love this! It must be delicious on a cold and rainy night.

Enriqueta Lemoine
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Enriqueta Lemoine

Love the recipe and also your altar de muertos!