Acorn Squash Turkey Chili

Serves 2.

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Cold night? Craving chili but also want something healthy?  Well then, this Acorn Squash Turkey Chili is perfect for the winter chill and will fulfill your appetite.  I was inspired to make this after seeing it on blogger Skinnytaste's instagram.  Off I went to Trader Joe's and Fairway to pick the ingredients for this delicious meal!

Full credits to Skinnytaste for this amazing and healthy recipe!
* Click for the original recipe here

I modified the original recipe for two servings instead of four but kept some of the spice measurements the same. 

Here's what you'll need:

1 acorn squash (cut in half, seeds removed)
1 lb ground beef, 80% lean, 20% fat
1/4 yellow onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cloves garlic, minced (instead of crushed)
10 oz. Rotel canned tomatoes with green chiles (Fairway or Whole Foods has this)
1/4 cup diced canned tomatoes
1/4 cup water
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 bay leaf
Freshly shredded white cheddar (be generous!)
Fresh cilantro (use as a garnish - wash before using)

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 F degrees.  Use a baking pan and cover with foil. Spray with non-stick baking spray, olive oil spray, or drizzle olive oil over covered baking pan. 
  • Place the squash halves in the baking tray, cut sides down on the foil. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes until squash is soft. Let cool.
  • While the squash is in the oven,  heat a large cast-iron skillet or non-stick skillet over medium-hihg heat and cook the ground turkey until brown turkey. Make sure to break up the meat as it. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Once the ground turkey is brown and cooked through (be careful to not overcook it) add chopped onion and minced garlic; cook for about 2-4 minutes over medium-heat.
  • Add water, bay leaf, chili powder, cumin, diced tomatoes, and the can of Rotel tomatoes.
  • Cover skillet and simmer over medium-low heat for about 25 minutes, stir occasionally.
  • Remove the bay leaf from the turkey mixture and flip the squash over. Fill each half with chili forming a slight mound. 
  • Sprinkle freshly grated sharp white cheddar cheese and place the squash in the oven to bake at 300 F for about 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.

Impressed? You should be! Now you're ready to eat and impress your family and friends with a unique looking and savory meal. Enjoy!