Cumin and chili powder season a filling of turkey sausage, tomatoes, black beans and Swiss cheese for creamy acorn squash. Serve this stuffed squash with warmed corn tortillas for wrapping up bites of all the tasty ingredients.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2007


Recipe Summary

1 hr 30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Cut squash in half horizontally. Scoop out and discard seeds. Place the squash cut-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, lightly coat a large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring and breaking up with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, chili powder and cumin; cook for 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, beans, salt and hot sauce, scraping up any browned bits. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until the tomatoes are broken down, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • When the squash are tender, reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees . Fill the squash halves with the turkey mixture. Top with cheese. Place on the baking sheet and bake until the filling is heated through and the cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes.


Tip: While we love the convenience of canned beans, they tend to be high in sodium. Give them a good rinse before adding to a recipe to rid them of some of their sodium (up to 35 percent) or opt for low-sodium or no-salt-added varieties. (Our recipes are analyzed with rinsed, regular canned beans.) Or, if you have the time, cook your own beans from scratch.

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

251 calories; protein 14.1g; carbohydrates 35.9g; dietary fiber 7.6g; sugars 9g; fat 7.2g; saturated fat 3.9g; cholesterol 29.5mg; vitamin a iu 2083.6IU; vitamin c 46.9mg; folate 81.1mcg; calcium 244.1mg; iron 2.9mg; magnesium 80.6mg; potassium 1045.9mg; sodium 478.4mg; thiamin 0.4mg.

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  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 6
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Rating: 4 stars
This was a tasty dish and will use it again I liked the suffing alot it tasted amazing I also like acorn squash but didnt like them together. It just didnt taste like a good combination to me. However I did have leftover and used it over rice it was awesome so I encourage using this stuffing in other ways. Im gonna try this over fish. Pros: easy to make Cons: takes a bit of time Read More
Rating: 5 stars
spicey squash recipe This recipe is delicious as is. Just follow the recipe and make no changes. I look forward to fall to make this dish. Pros: tasty filling easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great Fall Dinner My husband loves this meal! Its one of his favorites! Its such a great way to cook the squash! Its so easy and the presentation is great! Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Wow it was great. And a great way to get your daily veggies. When I was prepping it the meal did not look that filling but half a squash later I was full. A tasty treat indeed. And if you have left over filling it work great as a filler for a tortilla for the next day. Will make again!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was an EXCELLENT dish! I won my friends over with this recipe and it was so easy to make. It was incredibly full of flavor and a satisfying meal. Will definitely be preparing this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great way to eat any winter squash Great recipe. I didn't have any fresh tomatos on hand so i used 1 cup of stewed tomatos. It was great!! Didn't use the hot sauce but thinking next time maybe some jalepenos. Pros: easy basically ready in an hour Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Absolutely the best... entire family loved it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a favorite. Easy to put together with pantry ingredients and delicious. We frequently leave out the sausage with outstanding results. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made as directed with a few subs: used only 2 squash used veggie meat and a mix of homemade canned heirlooms chopped and store-bought pico de gallo. Also a mixed low fat mexican cheese blend. No hot sauce due to 4 yr old but adults added salsa to theirs. Was delish and my 4 yr old gobbled it up. Read More