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Taco Stuffed Acorn Squash

  • Author: Nancylynn
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Skillet | Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

My new favorite Stuffed Acorn Squash – this Taco Stuffed Acorn Squash – is the perfect, easy-to-prep, budget friendly Fall dinner or lunch. Make it even easier (and faster!) by using freezer taco meat and roasting your acorn squash in advance!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 large acorn squash
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef – I love Butcher Box grass fed beef (can sub 99% turkey for WW)
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce 
  • 12 T of salt free taco seasoning
  • ⅔ cup of sharp cheddar cheese 
  • 1/2 cup of corn (optional – omit for no yellow)
  • 1/2 cup of black beans (optional – omit for no yellow)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • garnish – cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (optional, but keeps the mess away).
  2. Cut each acorn squash in half, top to bottom OR across the middle, and remove the seeds.  Brush each squash with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt. Place squash halves in oven for 40 minutes, or until fork tender, but still retaining their shape.
  3. While the squash is roasting, brown ground beef in a ceramic non stick skillet until cooked through. Next, stir in tomato sauce, corn, black beans, and salt free taco seasoning and cook until taco mixture has thickened.  Add salt, taste and adjust seasoning as desired. 
  4. Once squash is finished cooking, use a fork to gently mash the inside. Then divide taco mixture evenly among the squash halves. Top each with 2.5 T of cheddar cheese. Place squash back in the oven for a few minutes to melt and brown the cheese.
  5. Garnish with cilantro if desired!


Notes

Makes 4 servings

21 Day Fix: 1 RED, 1 GREEN, 1/2 BLUE, 1/2 YELLOW (optional, omit beans and corn for no yellow) (per serving)

WW: Green – 7 points, Blue – 2 points; Purple – 2 points (per serving) – calculated using 99% ground turkey & reduced fat cheddar cheese  [If using 95% ground beef & reduced fat cheese:  Green – 10 points, Blue- 8 points, Purple- 8 points]


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 squash half

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