Southwest Taco Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

This Southwest taco stuffed spaghetti squash is packed full of ground beef, vegetables, delicious spices and herbs and topped with spicy pepper jack cheese. Super simple to make and a total crowd pleaser. This dish is 100% comfort food!

This Southwest taco stuffed spaghetti squash is packed full of ground beef, vegetables, delicious spices and herbs and topped with spicy pepper jack cheese. Super simple to make and a total crowd pleaser. This dish is 100% comfort food!

Lately, I have been low on energy. And when I say low on energy I mean I’m just being lazy and don’t feel like working. I have a lot of recipes just hanging out in reserves BUT (as I told you a couple posts ago) are almost all Asian inspired – whoops? Luckily I had this little devil hanging out so I finally decided to get it out of the reserves and share it all with you! A few years ago I made a sausage and peppers stuffed spaghetti squash that was a HUGE hit. Soooooo I’m hoping this also a huge hit because holy moly is it flavorful! 

This Southwest taco stuffed spaghetti squash is packed full of ground beef, vegetables, delicious spices and herbs and topped with spicy pepper jack cheese. Super simple to make and a total crowd pleaser. This dish is 100% comfort food!

Instead of going for Italian flavors like in my last squash recipe I went full of Southwest. I have a love affair with spicy taco like flavors and it gets even better when it’s stuffed in a squash. Also, if you have never had spaghetti squash it’s about time you get on that bandwagon! It really just involves throwing it in the oven and roasting it until it’s soft and the flesh of the squash pulls away like shreds of spaghetti noodles. It’s so easy you’ll seriously wonder why you have never made it before!

Then I mixed up those little squashy noodles with some taco flavored vegetables, ground beef and a big old sprinkling of cilantro and then topped with some pepper jack cheese because CHEEEEEEESE! This dish can be customized for your likes and dislikes but overall it’s a nice mix of Southwest inspired flavors.

This Southwest taco stuffed spaghetti squash is packed full of ground beef, vegetables, delicious spices and herbs and topped with spicy pepper jack cheese. Super simple to make and a total crowd pleaser. This dish is 100% comfort food!

Looking for more Southwest inspired meals? Try my Baked Southwestern Chicken Egg RollsChicken Avocado Cilantro Lime SoupPork Chile VerdeChorizo Stuffed Poblano Peppers or my Spicy Chicken Lime Soup

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Southwest Taco Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

This Southwest taco stuffed spaghetti squash is packed full of ground beef, vegetables, delicious spices and herbs and topped with spicy pepper jack cheese. Super simple to make and a total crowd pleaser. This dish is 100% comfort food!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (4 pound) spaghetti squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.

Place whole spaghetti squash in the microwave for 5 minutes. This helps slightly soften the squash so it's easier to cut open.

Remove from the microwave and carefully cut in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and pulp from the middle.

Drizzle each half with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season liberally with kosher salt and pepper.

Roast for 1 hour or until the flesh of the squash will shred when scraped with a fork.

While the squash is cooking make the meat and vegetable filling.

In a large skillet set over medium-high heat add ground beef and break up with a spatula. Cook until browned and remove ground beef to a plate, wipe out any grease and set the skillet back on the heat.

To the pan add 1 tablespoon olive oil and once the oil is hot add in red bell pepper, onions and jalapenos. Saute until the vegetables are soft. Add in the garlic, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin and tomatoes. Cook until the tomato juice has cooked off and the mixture is thick. Add in the black beans, corn kernels and cilantro. Stir to combine and remove from the heat. Add the ground beef back to the skillet and stir to combine.

Once the squash is fully cooked remove from the oven and carefully scrape and fluff the flesh until fully shredded. Remove the shredded squash and add it to the skillet with the ground beef and vegetables. Toss to combine so the shredded squash is mixed with the meat and vegetables. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed.

Top with cheese and place under the broiler for about 15 minutes to melt and brown the cheese.

Scoop out of the squash and serve. A 4 pound squash should give you enough for 4 servings, 2 servings per squash.

10 Responses to “Southwest Taco Stuffed Spaghetti Squash”

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    Stephanie — February 21, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Never has spaghetti squash looked so comforting!

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    Erren — February 21, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    This is a favorite of mine! All those flavors!

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    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — February 21, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I loooove spaghetti squash! We grew some in our garden for the first time two years ago and ended up with 47 of them!! We’ve since learned to plant fewer of them 😉 This taco-stuffed version sounds absolutely mouth-watering!

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    Melanie | Melanie Makes — February 21, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Perfect for Taco Tuesday and these photos are amazing!

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    Sabrina — February 22, 2017 at 1:35 am

    I love the bright colors in this dish! We’re definitely going to give this recipe a try! Yum!

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    katerina @ diethood.com — February 22, 2017 at 7:36 am

    My new favorite meal!! I can’t wait to make it for my family!!

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    Alyssa | EverydayMaven — February 22, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    This would be a big hit in my house!

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    Michelle | A Latte Food — February 22, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Oh yeah, this looks incredible! Love stuffed spaghetti squash!

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    Julie — February 28, 2017 at 12:03 am

    This looks SO incredible!! I’ve got to try it!!

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    lauren @thesmilelines — May 9, 2017 at 9:41 am

    This sounds delicious! Going to save on Pinterest and try soon! Yum! So much better for you too!

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