Oct 25

Strange But Good: Mexican Pumpkin Pan-lette

Pumpkin makes a great dessert.


Except pie.

I really love it mixed into yogurt bowls, as ice cream, or as bread.  I do not like pumpkin pie.  It’s texture thing… maybe too close to white potatoes?  I digress.

This post has nothing to do with pie.  I tried something new with my pumpkin – I made it a savory breakfast!  It’s actually just a new version of my sweet Pumpkin Pan-lette… a Mexican Pumpkin Pan-lette!  Some may consider this strange.  It also happens to be good.


I added Mexican-inspired spices to the pumpkin and egg mix in order to make this part omelette, part pancake creation a smoky, spicy breakfast.

Pico de gallo and some runny #yolkporn (a.k.a. syrup) topped this.  Someone on Instagram suggested bacon… which would have been brilliant.  If you make it, add bacon. ;)

Mexican Pumpkin Pan-lette


Mexican Pumpkin Pan-lette

Mexican Pumpkin Pan-lette

  • 1/2 C egg white
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Topping ideas: fried egg, pico de gallo, bacon


Combine all pancake ingredients into a medium bowl and stir until smooth.  Pour into a prepared (I used olive oil) skillet and cook as you would a pancakes (~2-3 mins on each side).

Meanwhile, prepare toppings.  I used a fried egg and pico de gallo.

Plate your ‘cake-lette, top as desired, and enjoy!

Note: I made this as one huge pancake.  In order to avoid flipping disaster, I finished mine under the broiler and turned it over onto my breakfast plate.


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Totally unrelated, but check out the new Ben & Jerry's Anchorman flavor: "Scotchy Scotch Scotch."

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  1. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Ohhhh you know I’m a huge fan of squash or pumpkin savoury style- this is right up my alley!

    I tried pumpkin pie several times and was NOT a fan for the same reason as you- too close to potatoes AND also how here its strictly a savoury thing!

    1. Laura

      It still blows my mind that pumpkin is savory over there!

  2. MomRunning onEmpty

    I was just looking for something to spice up my boring breakfast routine!! So excited to try it :)

    1. Laura

      Thanks! Please let me know what you think!

  3. Cat

    So this week I found a salsa recipe and now this – I think it’s a sign: must. make. MEXICAN FOOD!

  4. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I’m with you on Pumpkin Pie. Not really a fan but I did have an outstanding Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes with a gingersnap walnut crust last year. Hands down the best thing I ever ate!

    1. Laura

      I can get on board with just about any cheesecake! :)

  5. lucie@swissfitchick

    I never had pumpkin pie. We don’t have it here, so I didn’t get to try it, but obviously I am not missing a lot! I don’t like white potatoes either.
    I love that savory pan-lette! You inspire me to do something like a crustless quiche with savory pumpkin……

    1. Laura

      Ohhhh… pumpkin quiche sounds amazing! I may have to do that…

  6. lindsay

    i havent purchased pumpkin yet, just the spice. But squash, ya i have tons of that. still works, right?

  7. Linz @ Itz Linz

    i do like pumpkin pie and i could totally get down with this strange but good combo! :)

  8. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Haha! I heard about that new B&J flavor on the radio the other day…and I want it! Just wish it had a little actual scotch swirled in it too! Lol

    Please tell me you did NOT just compare pumpkin pie to mashed potatoes! What is it with all you weird texture phobia foodies? I swear all the pumpkin pie haters have been coming out of the woodwork lately! Well I won’t have it…I just WON’T! *sticks fingers in ears* Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaaah!

    Favorite pumpkin creation this season was definitely my pumpkin peanut butter pancakes, but I’ve also been loving my NIGHTLY pumpkin yogurt bowls…and then I just had one this morning too. Um yeah, mission to become an oompa loompa before the end of this month is going well! :D Love the Mexican spices on this…and the egg! And of course I don’t find this strange at all…especially since I use pumpkin puree as a pizza base all the time!

    1. Laura

      Actual scotch would have been brilliant… but that’s what sidecars are for! ;)

      I don’t have a phobia! I just hate it. The mouth feel makes me gag (so does the phrase mouth feel…).

  9. Fran@BCDC

    This sounds wonderful, Laura! If I figure this correctly, the panlette itself would be 0 points on Weight Watchers. Add an egg and that would only make it 2 points. Sounds yummy! Need to go buy some pumpkin!!

    1. Laura

      Pumpkin is point-less? Good to know!!!

  10. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    I love pumpkin pie- it’s the only pie I actually get excited about- but I can understand the texture thing. Pumpkin panlette is so creative!

  11. Eating 4 Balance

    So I guess pumpkin is usually an ingredient to sweet dishes, but I’ve been loving all of the savory ones that are coming out! Although it still surprises me to see it paired with non-sugary things…. Like with mexican- never would have thought of that combination! Ooo yes. Pico de gallo on top would be awesome!

    I shared my pumpkin calzone although looking around I’m not sure it’s strange enough. Ha! ;)

    1. Laura

      I’m so glad you shared it! Totally strange in the best possible way. :)

  12. Lee

    I am one of those pumpkin freaks. I just really like it and I wish pumpkin stuff was available year round, especially pumpkin coffee. They only think people want pumpkin coffee in the fall and winter? I beg to differ.

    1. Laura

      I keep it in my freezer – keeps coffee fresh longer!

  13. Court Star @ StarSystemz

    Yum yum yum! I am feeling the Spanish love too, I made salsa this week and it was incredible! This would be delish with salsa topped! Have a great weekend <3 C

  14. Maureen

    If I was just reading this recipe I don’t think I’d be too excited. But the pictures make it loo so yummy! I might be on board now. ;-)

    1. Laura

      You crack me up. Let me know if you brave it. ;)

  15. Kierston @candyfit

    Sounds awesome!

    I’ve never liked pumpkin pie. I’ve very picky when it comes to pies. My mama makes the best :)

    1. Laura

      Whatever! MY mom makes the best. ;)

  16. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    I love pumpkin pie, and pumpkin cheesecake, and pumpkin cookies…and I just pinned this. I think I need a pinterest board just for your recipes. Love all the creativity!

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much Heather!!! Let me know if you try it. :)

  17. RavieNomNoms

    I DO NOT like pumpkin pie either. ICK! I love the smell and effin LOVE pie, but I cannot get over the texture or something. Gross.

    I actually bet this was pretty good, pumpkin does really well with spices!

  18. Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    what a wonderful creation sweetie! i love my savoury breakfasts so i will love this AND i’ve been loving pumpkin SO MUCH lately

  19. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    You really can’t go wrong with pumpkin! I went to go link up my hummus recipe but someone has done it for me :) I’m guessing you??? I need more strange but good in my life!

    1. Laura

      Wasn’t me! You have a mystery admirer?!

  20. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    Oh this sounds good! Love pancakes, pumpkin, runny eggs and Mexican food! This would be a great brinner.

  21. Hannah

    What happens to all your yolks, lady? One of life’s great mysteries…

    1. Laura

      Dude. You know you can buy cartons of just the whites, right? ;)

      1. Hannah

        Oh god that’s horrific. America is messed up.

        …but I’ll probably end up buying some next grocery story trip now.


  22. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    I say I love pumpkin pie, but it’s really not something I really eat. I will if it’s there, but it’s more about the flavor combo that I like in a lot of my meals. :)

  23. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    YYyyupp..I will most definitely be making this and topping it off with a fried dippy egg! Nice job on this one! :)

    1. Laura

      Thanks Hannah! Let me know how you like it!

  24. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    Look at all the good stuff here on strange, but good!!! The pan lette sounds delicious!

  25. She Rocks Fitness

    This is totally up my alley and cannot believe I haven’t tried this yet! I’m all about pancakes sweet and savory and adding bacon takes it to awesomeness level. :) Pancakes are kind of like oatmeal…both can be fabulous sweet and savory. Have a great weekend!

    1. Laura

      Agreed on the sweet or savory! I think I need some savory ‘cakes for dinner tonight…

  26. Mitchell

    I’ve never had pumpkin pie, it’s pretty rare (or rarer) here in Australia. ‘Pumpkin pie’ is some magical US dessert that is served at Thanksgiving … if TV has taught me anything :P

    If you’re ever stuck for career ideas, you should be a food stylist. EVERYTHING you cook looks brilliant and impeccably presented, even the recipes most of us can’t photograph to look appealing (that’s YOU green smoothies :P)

    1. Laura

      LOL! I’d argue that it’s not magical. But it is good in some sweet dishes.

      I so appreciate you saying that… photography is my least favorite thing about blogging!

  27. CCU

    Pumpkin pie isn’t a massive dessert here, but it does seem very popular! But I personally prefer our pumpkin pan-lette creation :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Laura

      That still seems so funny to me! But I have to agree that it’s delicious savory!

      How are exams??? Done yet?

  28. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    I’m so with you on the pumpkin pie thing; yuck! Leave my spuds out of it though. They didn’t do anything to you. ;)

  29. Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope

    This is such a neat recipe! Sometimes the strangest combinations make the best meals!

    1. Laura

      Can I borrow that as my tag line? ;)

  30. Jody - Fit at 55

    That looks pretty dang good! I took a computer break so just getting here! :)

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