Mexican Spaghetti Squash Bowl

Mexican Spaghetti Squash Bowl Carolyn Williams, PhD, RD

It's National Spaghetti Day!  Instead of celebrating in the traditional Italian way, I’m mixing it up with a healthy and delicious Mexican Spaghetti Squash Bowl. This recipe is sure to become a staple to your menu planning and will be something the entire family can enjoy!

Mexican Spaghetti Squash Bowl /

Mexican Spaghetti Squash Bowl

A fun spin on Taco Tuesday, these quick bowls are also one of my favorite lunch meals. Prep taco meat and squash ahead of time and then just head and assemble in less than five minutes!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey

  • 1 (1.1-oz) packet taco seasoning mix*

  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 2 ½ teaspoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • 4 cups cooked spaghetti squash strands (about 1 small spaghetti squash)

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • TOPPINGS OF CHOICE: cubed avocado, shredded cheese, plain Greek yogurt or sour cream, cilantro, crumbled tortilla chips


  1. Brown beef in a skillet over medium heat, stirring to crumble. Add taco seasoning and water as directed on package. Add beans. Stir to combine, reduce heat and cook on low 4 to 6 minutes or until slightly thickened.

  2. Halve or quarter cherry tomatoes, and place in a small bowl. Whisk together red wine vinegar and 1½ teaspoons olive oil. Pour over tomatoes, tossing to coat.

  3. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add squash strands and sauce until hot, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt. Place one cup of squash in each of 4 bowls or individual storage containers. Top each evenly with meat and bean mixture and tomato mixture. Add any additional toppings if desired.

    * Look for a taco seasoning mix that is predominately spices such as Wildtree, Simply Organic and McCormick Organic. Iit’s normal for a seasoning mix to have a small amount of corn flour or starch to prevent caking, but I try to avoid the ones with excessive additional ingredients—particularly ones that aren’t an identifiable food. Another option: make your own batch of taco seasoning! 

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