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Spaghetti squash halves on platter with burrito toppings
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1/4 squash
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Spaghetti Squash Burrito Boats

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One of our all time favorite recipes, Spaghetti Squash Burrito Boats are as delicious as they are colorful. Bursting with flavor and simple to make, you'll be wondering how often is too often to make these.



  • 2 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1 (15-ounce) can unsweetened canned corn, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Cook spaghetti squash using one of the following methods. Cook times are approximate and will depend on size of squash.

Microwave: Pierce squash with fork several times. Place in microwave-safe dish with one cup water. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Carefully rotate squash and microwave again for 5 minutes. Continue cooking in 5 minute intervals until squash is soft; about 20 minutes.

Oven: Pierce squash with fork several times. Place in oven-safe dish with one cup water. Cook at 350 F for 60 to 90 minutes or until squash is soft.

Pressure Cooker: Pierce squash with fork several times. Place in pot on trivet insert. Add 1 cup water to bottom. Set pressure cooker for 15 minutes on high pressure. You may need to cook squash one at a time depending on the size of your squash and the size of your pressure cooker.

While the squash is cooking, prepare the filling. In a large pan heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ground turkey and cook until golden in color. Stir in taco seasoning and cayenne pepper. Add black beans, tomatoes, and corn. Stir together so flavors meld.

Let squash cool slightly before handling. Slice squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Using a fork, break up the squash strands. Evenly distribute turkey mixture among squash and top with cheese. Place in oven for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

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Dietary and Nutrition


Spaghetti squash, a variety of winter squash, is often used as a pasta alternative. This veggie offers a wide spectrum of nutrients including vitamins, minerals and fiber. To learn more about spaghetti squash and other types of winter squash check out the following publications.

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Field to Fork Winter Squash! (FN1801, Reviewed Jan. 2020)

Squash has been used as a nutritious food for thousands of years in North America. You might find buttercup, butternut, acorn and/or spaghetti squash in your local grocery store.

Let's Enjoy Winter Squash! (FN1979, July 2020)

Winter squash is a nutrient-rich food and an excellent source of fiber. This handout provides tips and recipes for preparing and preserving winter squash.

This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.