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Air Fryer Southwest Spaghetti Squash

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With the use of the air fryer, this deliciously filling dinner with spaghetti squash, spices, and chicken comes together in no time! You’ll love this air fryer Southwest spaghetti squash!

Air Fryer Southwest Spaghetti Squash topped with avocado, cilantro, and sour cream.

Are you looking to add more veggies to your meals? Well, look no further!

This air fryer southwest spaghetti squash is full of healthy nutrients and vitamins (A, C, B6, folate, fiber, potassium…) and takes no time at all to prep! 

This super-filling, low-carb meal starts with yummy spaghetti squash filled with shredded chicken, black beans, smoky spices, earthy garlic, gooey cheese, and enchilada sauce.

And since it’s made in the air fryer, it uses less oil than traditional cooking methods, so it’s healthier too!

It’ll be easy to stick to those New Year’s resolutions when you have delicious recipes like this air fryer southwest spaghetti squash in your meal rotation!

Craving something similar? Try my oven-baked Southwest Taco Stuffed Spaghetti Squash.

Oh, and if you’re looking for fun and easy ways to cook spaghetti squash make sure to check out my How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave post!

Ingredients to make Air Fryer Southwest Spaghetti Squash.
Spaghetti squash in the air fryer.

Ingredients for air fryer southwest spaghetti squash

  • Spaghetti squash – This big squash cooks to perfection and is a great pasta substitute since its strands resemble spaghetti.
  • Olive oil – This is the fat of choice for our air fryer southwest spaghetti squash that will help everything get crispy.
  • Spices – I’ve chosen a blend of kosher salt, black pepper, cumin, smoked paprika, and garlic powder, but feel free to use your favorite blend (store-bought or homemade).
  • Black beans – Black beans are creamy and mild and a great source of fiber. 
  • Corn – Corn will add a subtle sweetness to our filling.
  • Shredded chicken – This is where taking help from the grocery store helps cut down on prep time! Most major grocery stores will have ready-to-eat rotisserie chickens in the deli section.
  • Garlic – A classic ingredient that will add earthiness to the dish.
  • Enchilada sauce – Feel free to use your favorite store-bought or homemade variety.
  • Shredded cheese – Shredded cheese will give this meal a delicious ooey gooey cheesiness.

For topping: 

  • Cherry tomatoes – For a burst of freshness and subtle sweetness.
  • Cilantro – Be sure to use fresh herbs here. Cilantro is pungent, fresh, and minty.
  • Avocado – To add to the creaminess of the topping.
  • Sour cream – For added richness and creaminess. 
Shredded spaghetti squash mixed with cooked meat and beans.
Air Fryer Southwest Spaghetti Squash in the air fryer topped with cheese.

What is enchilada sauce?

Enchilada sauce is a common sauce used in many Mexican dishes.

It is a smooth sauce made from chiles, spices, garlic, onion, and tomatoes–just to name a few, there are many variations!

You can find enchilada sauce in cans in the international foods aisle of most major grocery stores.

Healthy substitutions

If you’re looking for some healthy substitutions, it’s easy! Here are a few ideas that can help cut back on calories but not on flavor:

  • For the filling, double up on the beans, and omit the corn. 
  • Use low-fat shredded cheese instead of full-fat.
  • Substitute the sour cream topping for full-fat yogurt; this will add more protein to the meal as well!
Air Fryer Southwest Spaghetti Squash served in a casserole dish.

What is an air fryer?

An air fryer is basically a tabletop convection oven.

It mimics the outcome of a deep fat fryer but without the use of oil. Hot hair is moved around via a fan that quickly and crisply cooks up the food.

The 2 most common air fryers you’ll see are basket style (that is what I have) or convection/toaster oven style.

There are pluses to both but I personally prefer my basket style.

What is the best air fryer to buy?

I prefer the basket-style air fryer as it’s a bit smaller and takes up less room than the toaster oven-style air fryer.

My biggest tip when it comes to air fryers is to make sure you pick a style that will work the most for your family and the amount of food you will be cooking.

My large basket-style air fryer can cook up to 12 wings, 2-4 servings of french fries, etc. which works well for my household.

Air Fryer Southwest Spaghetti Squash spooned onto a plate.

Storage and leftovers

Any leftover air fryer southwest spaghetti squash can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To reheat, simply place in a microwave-safe dish and cover loosely with a damp paper towel, and heat for 2-3 minutes or until heated thoroughly.

Air Fryer Southwest Spaghetti Squash served in a dish or in the squash.

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Air Fryer Southwest Spaghetti Squash

Air Fryer Southwest Spaghetti Squash

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

With the use of the air fryer, this deliciously filling dinner with spaghetti squash, spices, and chicken comes together in no time!

Ingredients

  • 1 (2 pound) spaghetti squash
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (10 ounce) can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and sliced
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican-blend cheese
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tabelspoons minced cilantro

Instructions

  1. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds.
  2. In a small bowl combine the kosher salt, black pepper, cumin, smoked paprika, and garlic powder. 
  3. Spread over both halves of the spaghetti squash, then drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Place in the air fryer and fry at 360 degrees for 20 minutes.  To check for doneness, poke with a fork and make sure it is tender all the way through.
  5. Using a fork, scrape out the spaghetti squash.
  6. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine red enchilada sauce, shredded chicken, black beans, corn, and garlic. 
  7. Once combined, add in the shredded squash and gently stir to combine.
  8. Place the squash mixture back in the shell or in a small casserole dish.
  9. Lay sliced jalapenos over the squash and top with shredded cheese. 
  10. Place back in the air fryer at 360 degrees F or the oven set at 350 degrees F, for 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  11. Remove and top with cherry tomato halves, cilantro, sliced avocado, and a dollop of sour cream.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 431Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 722mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 9gSugar: 5gProtein: 22g

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