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a half of an acorn squash stuffed with ground turkey and cheese

Tex-Mex Stuffed Acorn Squash

  • Author: Anne
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


Tex-Mex stuffed acorn squash with ground turkey is a tasty and healthy dinner that is gluten free with a vegetarian option



  • 2 acorn squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil – divided
  • 6 ounces ground turkey breast
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes – fresh or canned
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper diced – optional
  • 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese



  1. preheat the oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. cut the squash in half vertically with a sharp knife
  3. scoop out the seeds from the squash and set them aside for another use such as roasting them
  4. chop the garlic, onion, peppers and tomatoes and set them aside
  5. measure the spices
  6. shred the cheese

Make it:

  1. Brush the inside of the squash with olive oil and place it cut side down and roast them until the flesh becomes soft – about 40 minutes
  2. While squash is roasting add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to a pan, add the ground turkey and cook until lightly brown
  3. Add the onion, garlic and seasonings and stir in the tomatoes and beans reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes more
  4. Add the filling to the roasted squash halves and top them with cheese.
  5. Bake until the cheese melts about 10 minutes


Meal Prep Instructions:

Prepare Ahead of time: Roast the squash and make  the filling, stuff the squash but leave the cheese off and store the squash bowls in the refrigerator. When it’s time to eat, place the squash in an oven proof dish and cover it.  Bake the squash bowls at 350 for 20 minutes. Remove the cover and sprinkle on the cheese and cook it for 10 minutes more.

Nutrition information is provided by Nutrifox,  an online calculator and is meant to be used for informational purposes only.  Even though I try to provide accurate information, these figures should still be considered as estimates.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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