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Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash

What happens when you stuff an acorn squash with a delicious turkey chili recipe? You have an edible bowl that’s not just good for you, it tastes great too!

Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash

Fire Roasted Garlic Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash – a healthy, low carb alternative to a bread bowl, and it's quick and easy enough for a family dinner even on a busy weeknight
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Acorn Squash, chili, Stuffed Acorn Squash, stuffed acorn squash ground turkey, Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash
Servings: 4
Calories: 320kcal


  • 2 Acorn squash, halved, seeded
  • 1 lb. 93% lean ground turkey
  • ½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • cup Onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves garlic, crushed
  • 10 oz. Canned Rotel mild tomatoes with green chilies
  • ½ cup Canned tomato sauce
  • ½ cup Water
  • ¾ tsp. Cumin
  • ¼ tsp. Chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. Paprika
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 6 tsp. Shredded sharp cheese, omit for Whole 30 and dairy free
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  • Place squash halves on the baking sheet, cut sides down. Bake until soft, 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown turkey over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks into smaller pieces and season with salt and pepper.
  • When meat is browned and cooked through add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes over medium heat.
  • Add the can of Rotel tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, cumin, chili powder, paprika, and bay leaf.
  • Cover and simmer over medium-low heat about 25 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Remove bay leaf, flip the squash over and fill each half with 3/4 cup chili.
  • Top with cheese and bake until melted, about 5 minutes. Top with cilantro.


Serving: 1 stuffed half, Calories: 320kcal
  • To reheat, bake in a 350F oven 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

  • % Daily Value *

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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