Southwest Spaghetti Squash Casserole
Diane Hopson Smith
Hope you enjoy!
- spaghetti squash, cooked and shredded
- 1 lb
- extra lean ground beef (or ground chicken, turkey or pork)
- 1 small
- onion, chopped
- 1 medium
- bell pepper, chopped
- 3 tsp
- garlic, minced
- 1/2 Tbsp
- taco seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp
- red pepper flakes, optional
- 1/2 c
- refried beans (i used fat free)
- (14-oz) can black bean, drained and rinsed
- (10-oz) can tomatoes with chili peppers (rotel) original, mild or hot
- 1 c
- cheddar cheese, shredded
- additional salt, pepper and taco seasoning for squash
How to Make Southwest Spaghetti Squash Casserole
- 1Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9x9" baking dish for the casserole. Use a different pan for baking the squash.
- 2With sharp knife slice top out of squash. Stand squash flat on the cut side. Slice squash in half. NOTE: this squash was not easy to cut, pretty tough skin.
- 3Scoop out the seed and membrane.
- 4Brush inside of each half with oil; sprinkle with salt an pepper. Place cut sides down in baking pan.
- 5Bake for about 40 minutes or until squash is fork tender.
- 6Remove from oven; let cool for about 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
- 7REDUCE oven heat to 350 degrees.
- 8Using a fork, scrape out the spaghetti squash. Place in bottom of prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and a small amount of the taco seasoning; toss. Spread squash evenly over bottom of baking dish.
- 9In large skillet over medium heat, cook meat, onion, pepper, and garlic until meat is cooked. Add taco seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Add pepper flakes for a little more heat. Stir in refried beans and black beans. Remove from heat.
- 10Layer beef mixture over squash.
- 11Drain some of the liquid from Rotel tomatoes. Spread tomatoes evenly over top of meat layer using about 2 tbsp. of the liquid.
- 12Bake for 40 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven; sprinkle cheese evenly over top. Return to oven and bake a few more minutes until cheese has melted.