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Sloppy Joe Stuffed Acorn Squash

Roasted acorn squash serves as the most delicious bowl for flavor packed sloppy Joe filling in this recipe. Our sloppy joes are made with real simple ingredients. This dish is so healthy and surprisingly not sloppy at all! Enjoy this fall take on a classic dish.

I love acorn squash because they are so versatile.

Slice them and serve them over salads or grain bowls. Scoop them and mash them alongside a protein. Or slice them in half to roast and use them as a bowl like in these Sloppy Joes or in our Acorn Squash Burrito Bowls.

Do yourself a favor and double this recipe for leftovers.

You'll want extra. The filling could be used throughout the week over greens, rice, potatoes or in a bun or wrap!

Top the squash with creamy melted cheese for the perfect finish!

Sloppy Joe Stuffed Acorn Squash

6 servings | Cook time: 50 minutes


  • 3 medium acorn squashes (~400-600g each)

  • 20 oz ground turkey

  • 1/2 tbsp salt

  • 1 tbsp chili powder

  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika

  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1 tsp liquid smoke

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 1/2 cup onions, diced (~180g)

  • 2 1/2 cups bell peppers (red/ yellow/green/orange), diced (~360g)

  • 1 15oz can no salt added tomato sauce

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

  • 3 oz melting cheese, cheddar, mozzarella, gruyere, etc.


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.

  2. Slice the squash in half with a sharp knife. Scoop out the seeds.

  3. Spray the squash with olive oil spray and season with salt and pepper. Place the halves facedown on a baking sheet.

  4. Place the squash in the oven and cook for 45 minutes or until fork tender.

  5. While the squash is cooking, heat a large sauté pan. Spray the pan with olive oil spray and add onions and bell peppers. Cook for 1-2 minutes and add in ground turkey. Use a wooden spoon to break up the turkey and add in the spices.

  6. Add in the remaining sloppy Joe ingredients, stir to combine. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

  7. Remove squash from oven and divide the sloppy Joe mixture evenly throughout all halves.

  8. Top with shredded cheese and return to oven for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

  9. Remove from oven and serve warm.


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Nutrition Facts are provided as a guideline only. Exact nutrition will depend on quantity, brand and ingredients used.


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