Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash

Apr 23

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My best friend, Kristie, came to visit over a month ago (has it been a month since she visited, and I am just posting this now?!? Wow, I’m way too busy….), and we made a great spaghetti squash dish! I have no idea where the recipe came from, whether a cookbook or from her own invention, but it was absolutely delicious. It was healthy but still hearty and vegetarian ( a must since Kristie is a vegetarian!).

We had a great weekend of hanging out– and we ate a lot, but this was my favorite meal. I was full but didn’t feel stuffed since everything was good for me– unlike my usual meals of heavy pastas or, recently, frozen pizzas!


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  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • Paprika
  • Ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3-4 tomatoes, chopped into chunks
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Poke holes in the spaghetti squash with fork. Microwave for five minutes to soften. Split/cut in half with knife. Take innards out.

Season liberally with paprika and cumin. Place spaghetti squash on a cookie sheet, cut side up. Cook for one hour.

Use a fork and shred the spaghetti squash. Put into two large bowls and season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with avocado, tomatoes, and black beans. Enjoy!

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Comments: 86

  1. Carol at Wild Goose Tea Apr 23 at 12:11 pm Reply

    Spaghetti squash saved me in my childhood. It was a squash I actually liked! Eventually I moved up to butternut. But it got me off the hook for some other squashes that I didn’t like at the time. So needless to say it holds a special place in my heart even after all the decades. This looks like a fun fun recipe. It’s a treatment I haven’t seen before. It’s awesome when we have hang out time with our women friends. I sighed when I wrote that. Smiles—–

    • Elizabeth Apr 25 at 9:42 pm Reply

      Thanks Carol- it was a great weekend. I am a huge spaghetti squash fan!

  2. Ginny McMeans Apr 23 at 12:19 pm Reply

    This is such a fresh and healthy recipe. I absolutely love it. Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Apr 25 at 9:42 pm Reply

      Thanks Ginny- perfect to eat in good weather!

  3. Terry Apr 23 at 1:09 pm Reply

    I can’t do a lot of carbs. If I eat too many carbs, my tongue burns, so I do a lot of things like spaghetti squash. Very tasty. I need to try your recipe.

  4. Louida Apr 23 at 1:56 pm Reply

    I never had spaghetti squash before, sounds and look like it would taste really good. I’m going to pin this for later, thanks!

  5. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes Apr 23 at 2:43 pm Reply

    Glad you had fun with your best friend! Lovely dish!

  6. Shop with Me Mama (Kim) Apr 23 at 2:54 pm Reply

    Oh yum! I never would have thought to make it this way! Looks and sounds amazing!

  7. Nutmeg Nanny Apr 23 at 3:06 pm Reply

    This dish looks totally up my alley! Loving all that TexMex flavor!

  8. Keikilani Apr 23 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Love spaghetti squash! Great recipe. I love all the veggies.

  9. My kids got tired of spaghetti squash as noodles with a tomato meat sauce. This looks amazing and something super easy. Plus, it’s gluten and dairy free which I need!

  10. Brenda@SugarFreeMom Apr 23 at 3:45 pm Reply

    This sounds delicious! I’ve not made much with spaghetti squash but now I really want some!!

  11. Janel Apr 23 at 3:59 pm Reply

    I much prefer feeling full but not overly stuffed. Looks like a yummy meal!

  12. oooh mexican and italian AND healthy. I like iT!

  13. I’ve never ever had spaghetti squash before. My sister makes it all the time and they love it. I really need to try it. I’ll have to have her make it one night so I can run over and try it out. :)

  14. Samantha Apr 23 at 6:02 pm Reply

    I love when I get to visit with my best friends who live out of the state! I’m glad she came and you made this because it sounds SO GOOD!

  15. Rose | The Clean Dish Apr 23 at 6:08 pm Reply

    This is great! I make all kinds of stuff with spaghetti squash and frankly, I’m a bit tired of all of my variations so I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  16. Rosey Apr 23 at 6:33 pm Reply

    Good food + good friend = a good time. Thanks for sharing the dish with us, and I’m glad you had a nice visit!

  17. Robin (Masshole Mommy) Apr 23 at 6:46 pm Reply

    Yes please! I love spaghetti squash and Mexican ALWAYS goes over well in our house!!

  18. Erin Apr 23 at 7:05 pm Reply

    I love spaghetti squash, never thought to use it in a Tex Mex recipe, love it!

  19. Lora @cakeduchess Apr 23 at 7:06 pm Reply

    I really, really like any kind of squash-such great dinner inspiration with this flavorful idea!!

  20. Liz Mays Apr 23 at 7:38 pm Reply

    I love the flavors you used in this, and I’m a big veggie person. This sounds wonderful!

  21. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme Apr 23 at 7:41 pm Reply

    Yum! I love everything about this recipe and I can’t wait to try it in my kitchen this weekend.

  22. veronica Apr 23 at 7:46 pm Reply

    What a wonderful recipe. This is one I could definitely try

  23. Alissa Apr 23 at 8:09 pm Reply

    I’m not a huge fan of squash in general. That said, I have been looking at ways to incorporate more veggies and fewer carbs – and this looks like a pretty delicious way to do so.

  24. What a fun, family friendly way to serve spaghetti squash!

  25. Joelen Apr 23 at 9:32 pm Reply

    I like spaghetti squash and could probably incorporate it in more meals for my family, simply for the health factor alone! This looks delicious and I love how you incorporated tex mex flavors!

  26. Karen Apr 23 at 10:17 pm Reply

    This looks delicious! I actually really like spaghetti squash. My husband won’t even try it though. I’ll have to make this for myself!

  27. valmg @ From Val's Kitchen Apr 23 at 10:44 pm Reply

    My brother and his wife would love this, they love squash!

  28. Jenn @ The Rebel Chick Apr 23 at 10:45 pm Reply

    This sounds yummy! And I love the colors, so bright!

  29. Melissa Apr 23 at 11:48 pm Reply

    YUM! This looks delicious and pretty easy too!

  30. Camesha Apr 24 at 12:41 am Reply

    Oh my goodness, this looks amazing. I have never prepared spaghetti squash but I hear so many people talk about it. Gotta try it.

  31. I declare you a culinary genius! I’ve never thought of using spaghetti squash for Mexican food! I gotta get out of my Italian box!

  32. Tracey Apr 24 at 8:39 am Reply

    This is genius! I’m a huge spaghetti squash fan but am sick of eating it the same way. Never ever would have thought to make it Mexican! Thank you !!!!

  33. Christina S Apr 24 at 9:00 am Reply

    I love summer squash and zucchini, but I’ve never tried spaghetti squash. This looks like something I’d like.

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:18 pm Reply

      This was only the third time I made spaghetti squash, and it was a hit!

  34. Mandi Apr 24 at 9:08 am Reply

    This sounds like it could be really good! I’ve been looking for new dinner ideas, so we might give this one a try!

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:18 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Mandi- let me know if you give it a try!

  35. Angie Apr 24 at 10:15 am Reply

    I would love to make this, but my hubby is so sick of spaghetti squash because I cook it every week! I adore it!

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:17 pm Reply

      haha…I can understand that :)

  36. Chrishelle Apr 24 at 10:17 am Reply

    This looks like a light spring dinner dish. Have only tried spaghetti squash a time or two. I will have to give this a try.

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:17 pm Reply

      Perfect for spring and summer because it’s so light!

  37. teresa mccluskey Apr 24 at 10:52 am Reply

    This looks really good!! I so want to try this, maybe I can make in next week!!

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:17 pm Reply

      Hope you give the recipe a try :)

  38. Brandi Apr 24 at 11:46 am Reply

    I’m wanting to incorporate a few veggie meals into my weekly meal plans. I think it would be a good thing for the kids, hubs, and I to start doing. This recipe sounds like something I will be trying!

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:16 pm Reply

      Let me know how you and the family like it!

  39. Jessica Apr 24 at 12:14 pm Reply

    This looks like a delicious way to get veggies in. I have a hard time incorporating them into meals because I have never been a big vegetable person. My daughter would love this recipe.

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:16 pm Reply

      I hear ya- my husband isn’t a huge veggie eater either…I sneak it in!

  40. Autumn Apr 24 at 12:15 pm Reply

    This looks like a very healthy alternative to heavy pastas. I love that it is vegetarian friendly!

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:15 pm Reply

      Thanks Autumn!

  41. Aimee Smith Apr 24 at 12:47 pm Reply

    This looks so yummy! We love spaghetti squash at our house, my little boy calls it magic spaghetti!

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:15 pm Reply

      It is magic spaghetti and so much healthier too!

  42. Christie Apr 24 at 12:57 pm Reply

    Ok, seriously spicy yum over here! I’ve only seen this used as pasta, so nice to see a tex mex version

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:15 pm Reply

      This was my first time not using it like pasta, and it was a hit!

  43. Angela S Apr 24 at 1:41 pm Reply

    This is a neat recipe. It has to be delish!

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:14 pm Reply

      So good I had it for leftovers twice!

  44. It’s so very awesome that you were able to get together with your best friend like that. It’s always such precious time, isn’t it? I love the dish that the two of you had and am sure it’ll bring back fun memories every time you make it now.

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:14 pm Reply

      Thanks Christiane- we try to have a weekend together once a year :)

  45. Amanda Apr 24 at 3:51 pm Reply

    What a great twist! I would love to try it out!

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:14 pm Reply

      Thanks Amanda- let me know if you give it a try!

  46. Debra Apr 24 at 4:01 pm Reply

    What a simple recipe. It’s so healthy and colorful, I’d love to try it.

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:13 pm Reply

      Thanks Debra- I love simple recipes!

  47. Chelsea Apr 24 at 4:02 pm Reply

    This looks delish! I love anything with avocado in it :)

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:13 pm Reply

      Thanks Chelsea!

  48. Ashley M Apr 24 at 4:13 pm Reply

    Yum that looks really good. I’ve only ever had it baked so it’s nice to see it used differently.

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:13 pm Reply

      There’s surprisingly a lot you can do with spaghetti squash after baking it!

  49. Angie | Big Bear's Wife Apr 24 at 4:47 pm Reply

    I LOVE spaghetti squash! It’s so good and can be used in so many recipes! Love this one!

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:12 pm Reply

      I’m a huge fan too…it’s so versatile!

  50. krystal Apr 24 at 4:55 pm Reply

    I’ve made spaghetti squash once before, and I loved it! I would love to try this version of it!

    • Elizabeth Apr 24 at 6:12 pm Reply

      Definitely give it a try :)

  51. Crystal @TwoChicsAndABlog Apr 24 at 7:55 pm Reply

    This looks so yummy! I’m planting spaghetti squash in my garden this summer so I’m going to give this a try.

    • Elizabeth Apr 25 at 9:39 pm Reply

      Yes- please give it a try. I love that you have a garden…I don’t have a green thumb :(

  52. Dawn Lopez Apr 24 at 10:38 pm Reply

    This sounds like such a tasty recipe! I’ve been wanting to try spaghetti squash in a dish, this will be perfect. Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Apr 25 at 9:39 pm Reply

      Let me know how you like it :)

  53. Connie | URBAN BAKES Apr 24 at 11:16 pm Reply

    Ooo I’ve never had spaghetti squash. Sounds great! Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Apr 25 at 9:40 pm Reply

      Thanks Connie!

  54. Dawn Apr 24 at 11:26 pm Reply

    I am shocked at how many recipes I see to use squash in! Very inventive. I like squash but could never figure out what to do with it besides fry it.

    • Elizabeth Apr 25 at 9:40 pm Reply

      Thanks Dawn- I love trying different spins on spaghetti squash!

  55. Tonia Sanders Apr 25 at 3:59 am Reply

    I have never heard of a spaghetti and squash dish–. Looks yummy!

    • Elizabeth Apr 25 at 9:40 pm Reply

      Thanks Tonia!

  56. Marly Apr 25 at 5:11 pm Reply

    Spaghetti squash rules! I love the idea of using it in a tex mex dish!

    • Elizabeth Apr 25 at 9:25 pm Reply

      Thanks Marly- I heart spaghetti squash.

  57. Amber K Apr 27 at 3:17 pm Reply

    I love spaghetti squash, it’s so versatile. This looks so yummy

  58. Zoe B Apr 28 at 6:25 am Reply

    This looks like a great quick & healthy option! Thanks for sharing.

  59. StacieinAtlanta Apr 28 at 11:55 am Reply

    That looks great. I’ve been working more salads into my diet and this looks like a nice recipe to add to the repertoire.

  60. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious Apr 30 at 10:03 am Reply

    Spaghetti sqaush is the best! I love how simple this recipe is.

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