Beef Enchilada Stuffed Acorn Squash

I love how simple these Beef Enchilada Stuffed Acorn Squash are!

Beef Enchilada Stuffed Acorn SquashI don’t know why I’ve waited this long to use acorn squash! But, acorn squash just became my new favorite thing to cook with and stuff… you’ll know why after you try this Beef Enchilada Stuffed Acorn Squash.

First off, this recipe is super-duper easy to make! Just pop the acorn squash in the oven to roast while you make a quick and easy skillet beef enchilada mixture. When the squash is done, just stuff them with the mixture, garnish and ENJOY! And I can nearly guarantee you’re going to enjoy this one! It’s as tasty as it is pretty and one that you’ll want to eat all week long.

Beef Enchilada Stuffed Acorn Squash

The subtly sweet flavor of the acorn squash in combination with the rich and spicy beef enchilada concoction is a match made in heaven. I can’t wait for you all to try these Beef Enchilada Stuffed Acorn Squash yourselves!! Let me know what you think by commenting below! 

For another delicious acorn squash recipe, try my Sticky Pomegranate Meatball Bowls!

Beef Enchilada Stuffed Acorn Squash
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
For the Acorn Squash
  1. 2 medium sized acorn squashes
  2. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
For the Beef
  1. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1 cup yellow onion, finely diced (or 1/2 medium onion)
  3. 1 pound ground beef
  4. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  7. 1 teaspoon cumin
  8. 1 teaspoon paprika
  9. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  10. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  11. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  12. 1.5 tablespoons ghee
  13. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  14. 2/3 cup beef broth
  15. 1/2 avocado, sliced, for serving
  16. 1/4 cup pico de gallo, for serving
  17. 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the squash horizontally on a cutting board. Trim the ends off of the squash by cutting just enough of the pointy tip off in order to create a more flat bottom, taking care not to cut too far as to get into the hollow part of the squash. Now, cut each acorn squash in half, horizontally. Then, scoop out seeds and stringy bits inside the squash (I find using an ice cream scoop works best), being careful not to break a hole in the bottom of the cavity.
  3. Place acorn squash cut side up on the baking sheet and brush the flesh all over with olive oil, until evenly coated. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bake in oven until the flesh of the squash is fork tender, about 35-45 minutes, depending on the size of your squash.
  5. Meanwhile, while your squash is baking- heat a skillet over medium-high heat with olive oil. Add the onion and ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Brown the beef, breaking up the meat with the back of a spoon until no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Drain off excess fat if needed.
  6. Reduce heat to medium and add the cayenne, cumin, paprika, chili, garlic, and dried oregano. Toss spices to incorporate with beef until fragrant and lightly toasted, about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add ghee and melt, stir to combine. Add tomato paste and stir until incorporated with meat.
  8. Reduce heat to medium-low and add beef broth. Cook, stirring, until sauce thickens, about 1-2 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm until acorn squash are cooked.
  10. Once squash are cooked, evenly distribute beef mixture among squash by filling the cavities of the squash.
  11. Garnish with cilantro, pico de gallo and avocado.
  12. Serve and enjoy!
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  • Reply
    Acorn Gregory
    January 31, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    You recipes are delicious. It’s there a way you can post the nutrition for each recipe? Also I’m wondering why glee is added to the bed. Thank you!

  • Reply
    January 13, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Hi! Would you be able to use butternut squash (it’s what I have on hand!) instead of acorn?

    • Reply
      January 16, 2022 at 6:42 pm

      Yes it will still be yummy with butternut!

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    November 2, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    I really enjoyed this dinner! I used butter instead of ghee & omitted the cayenne for guests who don’t like heat. My husband was not excited to eat this meal but then was very surprised how well the flavors went together.

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    Kayla Krittenbrink
    April 18, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    I’m OBSESSED with this! I made it yesterday and am buying the ingredients to make it again tomorrow, haha! It is so flavorful and everything works together perfectly. Definitely a new fave of ours! 🙂

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    Shannon Thompson
    April 6, 2021 at 1:24 am

    I made it, but substituted ground turkey and it was fabulous! I also added some Siete foods cashew queso, fresh salsa, and cilantro crema. This will be what I make at our next girl’s night! So dang good and such a cute presentation! Also, it’s really good on macros.

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    Christian Green
    February 10, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Made this for dinner for the entire family and everyone ate it and liked it! I loved it and will be making this again.

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    Caroline Hulse Blog - Whole30 Kitchen Essentials - Caroline Hulse Blog - Healthy Lifestyle
    January 28, 2019 at 3:39 am

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      March 7, 2023 at 10:41 pm

      Can you make double and freeze extra to save for later?

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