Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash

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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!

What happens when you stuff an acorn squash with turkey chili? You have an edible bowl that's not just good for you, it tastes great too!
Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash

What happens when you stuff an acorn squash with turkey chili? You have an edible bowl that's not just good for you, it tastes great too!
These turned out better than I could have expected! The turkey chili is mild and savory, which is the perfect balance to the slightly sweet acorn squash (would be great with delicata too!). If you want to make this dairy-free and Whole30 friendly, simply omit the cheese.

What happens when you stuff an acorn squash with turkey chili? You have an edible bowl that's not just good for you, it tastes great too!
I had this for dinner last night and I loved every bite of this. It was filling and so good I am excited to have leftovers for lunch today. This reheats well, if you want to save half for another night, leave the cheese off until you’re ready to reheat. Here’s a short video if you would like to watch how it’s made.

What happens when you stuff an acorn squash with turkey chili? You have an edible bowl that's not just good for you, it tastes great too!
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Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash

320 Cals 28 Protein 29.5 Carbs 12 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
What happens when you stuff an acorn squash with turkey chili? You have an edible bowl that's not just good for you, it tastes great too!

Ingredients

  • 2 acorn squash, halved, seeded
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 10 ounces canned Rotel mild tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 tablespoons shredded sharp cheese, omit for Whole 30 and dairy free
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

To reheat, bake in a 350F oven 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1stuffed half, Calories: 320kcal, Carbohydrates: 29.5g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3.5g, Cholesterol: 91mg, Sodium: 650mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 3.5g
WW Points Plus: 8
Keywords: Acorn Squash, chili recipe, Stuffed Acorn Squash, stuffed acorn squash ground turkey, Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash

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

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128 comments

  1. So good. So easy

  2. This recipe is so delicious, hubby and I loved it.  The addition of the Rotel tomatoes made this dish shine.  Perfect for this fall season.

  3. The whole family loved it!

  4. Delicious.!! Very filling. Will definitely make this again.

  5. I wonder what go-withs you would recommend……

  6. Delicious!!  I will definitely make this again!

  7. This is absolutely delicious! Made it for the first time and loved it! My taste buds are overjoyed! I used ground chicken because that’s what I had on hand. You have to try this!

  8. There are 3 of us. Can I freeze one half for a “left-over” night?

  9. Wow! This was delicious and very filling. I couldn’t get the tomato with green chilies, so I added a small can of green chilies. I increased the spices and added a little of low fat cheddar cheese to the mixture. Served with avocado, salsa and low fat sour cream.

  10. Made this tonight. Delicious. I left the cheese off my portion and have a question: 
    All of the ingredients are listed as zero points (on WW Blue); where do the points come from?
    Thanks!

  11. I followed the recipe almost exactly and it was delicious. By my error added a tsp of chili powder, I would do it again. One issue I ran into though is the turkey mixture took along time to cook down, I waited until the there was no water in the pan before stuffing the squash. Worth the wait, and will make them again!

  12. I’ve made this recipe twice now with small variations on the chili and my family loves it!! Thank you so much:)

  13. Made this tonight! Didn’t have green chilis so I substituted with habanero. No chilli peppers but it tasted delicious. My hubby and I enjoyed it 😀

  14. Soooo good! Definitely a keeper and so easy to prepare. Got rave reviews when I prepared it.

  15. Just made these…huge family hit!! We’re vegetarian so I used impossible grounds instead of turkey. Yumm! One thing that I realized after…you have a delicious 3 bean chili recipe on the site that I make all the time (without meat) that would go GREAT with the squash (just less liquid)! I want to try that next time 😉

  16. I see this tonight. It was absolutely delicious!  My new favourite!

  17. This was amazing. I was worried about the minimal spice but it was perfect! This will be a repeat in our house!