Mexican Stuffed Acorn Squash

Fall favorite acorn squash gets a Mexican twist with a spicy-as-you-like-it turkey and veggie stuffing.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
6 servings


  • 3 acorn squash (1 1/4 pounds each), halved and seeded

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 12 ounces 93%-lean ground turkey

  • ¾ cup chopped green sweet pepper

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 1 ¼ cups cubed yellow summer squash

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained

  • 1 teaspoon salt-free fiesta lime seasoning, such as Mrs. Dash brand

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper (Optional)

  • 6 tablespoons crumbled queso fresco

  • 3 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Pour 1/2 inch water into a large roasting pan; add acorn squash, cut sides down. Bake 30 minutes. Turn squash halves cut sides up; coat with cooking spray and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. of the salt and the pepper. Bake 20 to 25 minutes more or until tender.

  2. Meanwhile, in a 10-inch nonstick skillet heat 1 Tbsp. of the oil over medium. Add ground turkey; cook until browned. Remove turkey.

  3. In skillet heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil over medium. Add green pepper and onion; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Add summer squash; cook and stir 3 minutes or just until squash is tender. Stir in turkey, remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, and the next three ingredients (through crushed red pepper); heat through.

  4. Spoon turkey mixture into squash cavities. Bake 10 minutes. Top with queso fresco and cilantro.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

263 Calories
11g Fat
29g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 stuffed squash half
Calories 263
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 15g 30%
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Vitamin A 1786IU 36%
Vitamin C 54mg 60%
Folate 59mcg 15%
Sodium 419mg 18%
Calcium 143mg 11%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 90mg 22%
Potassium 1005mg 21%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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