Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash With Beef and Tomatoes

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Beef on plate
Diana Rattray
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
298 Calories
13g Fat
10g Carbs
34g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 298
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 107mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 34g
Calcium 51mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This baked stuffed squash is a delicious alternative to sweetened squash and easy to prepare. The beef is lightly seasoned with tomatoes and a hint of cinnamon.

Serve the stuffed squash with a tossed salad or rice dish. Baked potatoes could be cooked in the same oven along with the squash.


  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 1 pound lean ground beef, round or chuck
  • 1/4 cup red or green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Line a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan with foil; lightly grease the foil or spray with nonstick olive oil or cooking spray. Heat oven to 350 F.

  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Spray the cut sides with olive oil spray or nonstick cooking spray and place, cut side down, on the foil. Add about 1/2 inch of water to the pan then cover with foil. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until tender.

  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the ground beef with bell pepper and onion, stirring, until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Drain and discard excess drippings. Add pepper, salt, tomatoes, parsley, and cinnamon, if using. Cook, stirring, until hot and bubbly.

  4. Scoop the ground beef and tomato mixture into the squash shells. Arrange the stuffed squash in the baking pan.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until hot.


  • Add a topping of shredded mild cheddar or cheddar jack cheese to the stuffed squash about 5 minutes before it's done.

Recipe Variation

  • Tex-Mex Stuffed Acorn Squash: Reduce the ground beef to 1/2 pound; brown the ground beef, onion, and peppers and then add 1 can (15 ounces) of drained black beans and 1 can (12 ounces) of drained corn kernels. Season with salt and pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder. Add the tomatoes. Omit the cinnamon and replace the parsley with cilantro, if desired. Stuff the squash and bake as directed. Top with shredded cheddar, pepper jack, or a Mexican blend of cheeses about 5 minutes before it's done.