Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with black beans, corn, bell pepper and cilantro – a simple vegetarian dinner recipe that is easily adaptable. Vegan-adaptable or add meat. Up to you!
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This recipe for Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash is packed full of healthy veggies without compromising on flavor! It’s grain-free and vegan adaptable, perfect for mixed households where some eat meat and some are vegan or vegetarian.

Spaghetti squash is cut crosswise, to create a round “bowl”  then roasted in the oven. It is filled with a mixture of fresh corn, black beans, peppers, optional cheese and enchilada sauce. Feel free to add ground meat or chicken to some – or leave them vegetarian.

So hearty, flavorful and satisfying without being overly heavy.

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If beans are not your thing, feel free to substitute lean ground meat, baked chicken or even quinoa.

These can be prepared vegan, without cheese, like my version in the background below– or, if you prefer,  “cheese-it-up” as my husband likes to say, by adding shredded cheese into the mix.

Or try adding vegan cheese! My favorite!

Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with black beans, cilantro, corn and bell pepper --keep it vegan or add cheese | www.feastingathome.com

There once was a time when, like Brian, I too could consume 10,000 calories a day and magically it would evaporate! Not anymore. Not for a long long time. If you are a woman over forty, you will understand this strange phenomenon. Almost overnight, the metabolism just decides to slow way waaayyyyy down, and begins taking it easy. Like it’s on vacation. 😉

But my hunger hasn’t slowed down one bit. So lately, I find myself reading labels, gravitating towards things that are more naturally filling and full of fiber. I lighten up my meals a bit by pairing down on cheese for example, while keeping Brian’s richer and heartier (he who burns calories, while blinking).

This is one of those recipes that is highly adaptable…making us both very very happy. Feel free to add baked chicken breast or browned ground meat or healthier turkey chorizo for meat-eaters in your household.

Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with black beans, cilantro, corn and bell pepper --keep it vegan or add cheese | www.feastingathome.com
Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with black beans, cilantro, corn and bell pepper --keep it vegan or add cheese | www.feastingathome.com

For a pretty presentation, try slicing spaghetti squash crosswise, creating two upright bowls.

Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with black beans, cilantro, corn and bell pepper --keep it vegan or add cheese | www.feastingathome.com
To create a stable base, slice a little off the ends to create an upright bowl.
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Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with black beans, cilantro, corn and bell pepper --keep it vegan or add cheese | www.feastingathome.com
Scrape out the seeds.

Turn over and bake in the oven on parchment paper or a greased sheet pan for 40 minutes.

Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with black beans, cilantro, corn and bell pepper --keep it vegan or add cheese | www.feastingathome.com
While roasting the spaghetti squash, make the enchilada filling. Black beans, fresh corn,  and red bell pepper are the ingredients I used to make this vegan version.
You can always substitute ground beef or baked chicken breast for the beans if you prefer. The key is to make the filling very flavorful, understanding that you will be mixing this in and flavoring the mild-tasting squash itself, not just stuffing it on top.
Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with black beans, cilantro, corn and bell pepper --keep it vegan or add cheese | www.feastingathome.com
When the squash is done, fluff it up with a fork, scraping down the sides.
Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with black beans, cilantro, corn and bell pepper --keep it vegan or add cheese | www.feastingathome.com
Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with black beans, cilantro, corn and bell pepper --keep it vegan or add cheese | www.feastingathome.com
Then slowly mix in the filling, incorporating the squash. The filling is enough for four halves, or if you are especially hungry, you could just mound it up high on two halves, like shown here. If adding cheese, make sure to mix it in the filling and on top.
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Then place it back in the oven until nice and toasty and melty, about 10-20 more minutes.
Other toppings include diced avocado, cilantro, hot sauce and sour cream.

Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with black beans, cilantro, corn and bell pepper --keep it vegan or add cheese | www.feastingathome.com

Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with black beans, corn, bell pepper and cilantro –keep it vegan or add cheese or meat!
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Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash


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Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with black beans, corn, bell pepper and cilantro –keep it vegan or add cheese!


Ingredients

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  • 2 small spaghetti squash, cut in half
  • ½ onion diced ( about 1 Cup diced)
  • 12 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic- chopped
  • 1 Cup fresh corn (one ear, or frozen )
  • 1 red bell pepper – diced
  • 1 1/2 Cups cooked black beans ( 1 can rinsed and drained) or sub browned ground meat, turkey chorizo, or leftover or baked chicken breast )
  • 1 Tble chili powder
  • 1 Tble cumin
  • 1 Tble coriander
  • 1 Tble fresh chopped jalapeño, more or less to taste
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup enchilada sauce or sub tomato sauce
  • ¼ Cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 Cup shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese -per serving
  • Other optional toppings: chopped avocado, hot sauce, sour cream

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 F
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half, and scrape out seeds. If cutting in half horizontally, create a stable base by slicing of a little of the ends, so they stand upright, creating a “bowl”( or fee free to cut vertically).
  3. Place on a parchment lined or greased baking sheet, cut-side, faced down, and place in the hot oven for 40 minutes until fork tender.
  4. While they are roasting, make the filling. Saute onion in a skillet with 1 -2 T olive oil, on medium high heat, stirring, for two minutes. Add garlic, turn heat to medium and sauté for 3-4 minutes until garlic becomes fragrant and golden.
  5. Turn heat to medium low add jalapeno, corn and peppers, and stir occasionally for 5 minutes. Add beans, spices, salt and enchilada sauce and bring to a simmer. Turn heat off and stir in cilantro. Mixture will seem salty, but remember you will be mixing this with under-seasoned spaghetti squash, so the salt will disappear.
  6. When spaghetti squash is tender, ( pierce with a knife through the skin) carefully, using a fork, fluff and stir the inside of the squash, scraping it away from the sides. You will have enough filling for four halves.
  7. Incorporate a little filling at a time, mixing it together with the spaghetti squash. If adding cheese ( or cooked meat) mix a little into the squash and veggie mixture and use the remaining for the top. (At this point you could refrigerate, and bake at a later time) Or, return the stuffed squash into the hot oven and bake for 10-20  more minutes, until heated through and/ or cheese is melted.
  8. Garnish with cilantro, avocado or sour cream, and  hot sauce.

Notes

You can also sub a vegan cheese or vegan soy crumbles ( browned).


Nutrition

  • Calories: 375

Keywords: stuffed spaghetti squash, mexican spaghetti squash, twice baked spaghetti squash, baked spaghetti squash,

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  1. I made this as a casserole rather than put the filling back into the squash boats. That way I could add layers of cheese! I made the 5-minute enchilada sauce, which is so easy and delicious and gives you leftovers! I added more sauce to my casserole. This was a great use of spaghetti squash and an easy, quick vegetarian dinner.

  2. We loved this dish! Not easy to make a veg the star of the dish for this pair of carnivores but this was delicious! I served it with mashed avocado, plain yogurt and tostada chips! Next time I’ll add diced tomatoes to the mix but this is one beautiful veggie dinner!

  3. This was excellent. The cheese really made it come together. Such a great presentation too! I will make it again. Thank you, Sylvia!

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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