Acorn Squash Turkey Chili

Serves 2.


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)


  • 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!