Cayenne Spiced Pumpkin Pie

Who doesn’t love the classic spiced pumpkin pie? With its earthy nutmeg and flavor-packed cloves, it’s jam-packed with taste-goodness. But you know what we think is missing? Of course…a little heat. Enter our cayenne spiced pumpkin pie. Pumpkin and chili peppers goes together incredibly well. It’s that combo of earthy, sweet, and heat that’s just so yummy. We use cayenne pepper here because it has a neutral overall flavor (outside of the spiciness), so it lets the traditional spices shine.

We use a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder in the recipe. It adds some significant spiciness to the pie. But, feel free to adjust the amount used to your liking. If you’re one who’s looking for just a touch of warmth, well 1/4 a teaspoon is likely plenty.

Cayenne Spiced Pumpkin Pie

4.34 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 8 slices
Calories 310 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients (except pie crust) and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour the mix into the pie shell and bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees. Then lower heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for approximately 50 more minutes.
  • Remove pie from heat, and allow it to cool for 5 mnutes prior to serving.

Notes

Adjust the amount of cayenne to your liking. This recipe as it stands (1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder) provides considerable spiciness to the pumpkin pie. 
If you’re baking for a family/holiday meal where there’s a wide variety of heat tolerances at the table, we recommend lowering the amount to 1/4 teaspoon. The same if you tend to like milder “warming” spiciness. 

Nutrition

Calories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 213mgPotassium: 241mgFiber: 3gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 8584IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 3mg

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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on November 16, 2021 to include new content. It was originally published on November 24, 2015.
  • 3 stars
    Wanted to make a pie with a hint of cayenne spice as I heard it makes the pie so much more. I’ve never made a pumpkin pie before and didn’t know what to expect from any recipe. I used homemade pumpkin puree. I followed the ingredients exactly. I ended up with several cups of filling leftover after pouring the first pie shell. I will state that I have a very low tolerance for heat and just wanted a hint of flavour. I found the 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne set my mouth on fire and I will not be able to eat the rest of the pie sadly. There definitely was good flavour but I lost most of my taste buds after the first bite. If I did make it again, I would use maybe an 1/8 or less of a teaspoon of cayenne. Not sure if the recipe creator intended this much heat or if there may be a typo in the measurement. The texture of the pie turned out great but I would use caution with the cayenne if you’re sensitive like me.

    • Hi there – it is spicy. As we’re a site focused on spicy foods, we tend to have things a little hotter than other sites. But definitely a point to know for others making it. If you’re just looking for “warmth”, pull back on the cayenne a lot.

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