Spaghetti Squash Taco Casserole

This taco casserole is bursting with flavor and full of veggies and lean protein, keeping you satisfied and happy all night long! 

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So how’s everyone’s New Year’s resolutions going? We are two and a half weeks into the year, and this is still such a pivotal time for following through with them. Studies say that habits take three weeks to form, which means we’re almost there! This year I committed to sticking to the 6 week long Tone it Up #LookForLove challenge, and so far it’s going awesome. Between that challenge and training for my half marathon I’m pretty sore, but the soreness is a great reminder to how much I’m pushing myself and how far I’ve come in just a couple of weeks. Another goal of mine was to eat lean, clean and green meals during the entire challenge. As much as I love healthy foods and coming up with delicious recipes, this has always been a struggle of mine! Chocolate and sweets are my biggest downfall. But so far I’ve done amazing (if I say so myself!). Besides a few slip ups here and there I’ve stuck to the meal plan and I’m feeling amazing. It’s so crazy how much better you feel when you fuel your body with the things it needs. 

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So, as a little inspiration for y’all to stick to eating healthy, I’m back with another one of my Light & Fresh meals… Spaghetti Squash Taco Casserole. It’s seriously SO good. My favorite part is the fact that you don’t even miss the cheese(the squash with cheese was for my hubby!) and tortillas, because it’s so full of flavor, textures and (of course) lots of veggies. This isn’t your typical casserole, guys. In fact, it is so much better! I made it all in less than 45 minutes AND we had about 2/3 of it left over, which is a major win for me! I’m all about quick dinners that make LOTS of leftovers! You betta believe I ate that casserole for lunch the next day. 

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I made my own taco seasoning following the recipe in my new favorite cookbook “Against all Grains” by Danielle Walker. You may have seen me raving about it on Instagram last week, and I’m not kidding guys… You NEED that cookbook in your life. She makes eating healthy so easy, and it doesn’t hurt that the cookbook is absolutely gorgeous. I could just flip through the pages all day…
Aaanywho, you can make your own seasoning, or use the store bought kind. Just make it doesn’t have a lot of salt/sodium in it, because that can add up fast in those little packages. 

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Another star ingredient in this recipe is mine and Isaac’s favorite salsa, Mateo’s Gormet Salsa. I stumbled upon it at Sprouts almost a year ago, and we’ve never looked back. It’s the best salsa we’ve ever had, and I can’t imagine buying a different brand anymore… Their logo doesn’t lie- you will become obsessed. Our favorite is the medium salsa, since it’s not too bland nor too spicy (I’m a bit of a baby when it comes to heat). The texture is awesome, and you can tell they use fresh ingredients. I also love love love their Salsa Verde! It is flavorful and honestly the only salsa verde I’ve ever liked. Our favorite thing about Mateo’s, though, is the fact that they are a local company. Isaac and I love supporting local businesses, and when we saw they are based out of Frisco, Texas, we knew we’d hit the jackpot. Mateo’s is available all around the country, so I encourage you to check their map and see if a retailer near you sells it. You won’t regret it. This Spaghetti Squash Taco Casserole was brought to a whole new level with Mateo’s. I loved the freshness and kick it gave the dish, and how it really tied the entire meal together. 

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Spaghetti Squash Taco Casserole
Serves 4
A light and fresh dinner that is delicious and full of veggies and lean protein. Taco night never tasted so good!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large spaghetti squash
  2. Olive oil
  3. Salt & pepper
  4. 1 onion
  5. 2 tsp garlic
  6. 1 lb ground turkey
  7. 1 cup corn
  8. 1 can diced tomatoes*
  9. 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed*
  10. 2 Tbsp taco seasoning (or one packet)
  11. 1/4 cup Mateo's Salsa
  12. 2 Tbsp shredded cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and scoop out the seed in the center. Drizzle about 1 tsp of olive oil, salt and pepper on the inside of the squash halves, then roast in a glass baking dish for 25-30 minutes, or until the squash is fork tender.
  3. While the squash is cooking, dice the onion and saute with 2 tsp olive oil and the garlic in a large skillet for 5-7 minutes, or until the onions are translucent and fragrant.
  4. Add the ground turkey to the onions and cook until most of the pink is gone.
  5. Pour in the corn, diced tomatoes and pinto beans. Stir, then mix in the taco seasoning. Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes, or until the ingredients have all heated up and the seasoning is mixed in well.
  6. Remove the squash from the oven and shred with a fork. Scoop the taco meat mixture on top of the squash, and add the salsa or cheese on top. Bake for another 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the squash has finished cooking.
  7. Keep the leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days!
Notes
  1. *I used canned ingredients for this recipe to cut down on time. You could also use fresh tomatoes and make your own beans!
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Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
Have you ever tried Mateo’s before?
What is your go-to ingredient when you are making healthier dishes?

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  1. Amber Marie Werner

    January 11th, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I have all of the ingredients at home! Yay totally making this soon.
    Xoxo Amber

  2. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Awesome!! Were you able to give it a try? How did it go? :)

  3. Leighann Hall

    January 11th, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Ooo, i would love to try this! I love spaghetti squash AND tacos, never thought of putting them together!

  4. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    It’s a super fun recipe, and it works perfectly together. I was a little hesitant at first, but it was amazing!!

  5. Emma Francis

    January 11th, 2017 at 8:40 am

    This looks pretty good, we LOVE tacos and I cant wait to try this.

  6. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Aww thanks girl! This recipe is definitely one you should try. So flavorful and healthy!

  7. Samantha

    January 11th, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Oh this looks so delicious, and I love that it’s healthy! We have a lot of taco salads (with ground turkey), so this will be a refreshing change! Thank you!

  8. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks Samantha! Taco salads are another one of my faves, that’s for sure. And YES! This recipe was a great way to mix things up from our usual Taco Tuesday grub :)

  9. Jackie

    January 11th, 2017 at 8:53 am

    That looks so good! I’ve never had spaghetti squash before..may need to try!

  10. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks Jackie! You should definitely give spaghetti squash a try. It’s SO good, and so easy to make:)

  11. Madison - mrsmadisonweaver.com

    January 11th, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I’ve always wanted to try spaghetti squash but never got around to it! This looks great, I’ll have to try it!

  12. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Yes!! You should give it a try. It’s SO good, and you’ll love it, Madison. I love how easy it is to make, and is a great sub for pasta or other high starch foods I crave.

  13. Lisa Warren

    January 11th, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Anything that has to do with tacos I’m in!! Spaghetti squash is so yummy too!

  14. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    You and me both, girl! Tacos are my jam. And it’s SO good with the spaghetti squash. A keeper, that’s for sure!

  15. Katie Kinsley

    January 11th, 2017 at 9:52 am

    I will save this one for later! I’ve made spaghetti squash before and my husband didn’t care for it, but maybe he will like this version :)

  16. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Awesome! You should definitely give it a try, Katie! It was hubby approved over here. :)

  17. Meghan

    January 11th, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Oh my goodness, this sounds awesome. I haven’t found the right way to serve spaghetti squash (so my husband will happily eat it) quite yet, but I’m pinning this to save for future reference!

  18. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks Meghan! You should try this recipe out on him. My hubby LOVED it, and he NEVER ate healthy before marrying me haha!

  19. Jessica Bradshaw

    January 11th, 2017 at 10:25 am

    YUM! That sounds so good. :) I need to try more squash recipes because I am loving this turkey from the TIU challenge.

  20. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    YES. Me too. The recipes from this challenge are SO good! (Esp those almond butter cookie smoothies and the soup!).

  21. Jessi Joachim

    January 11th, 2017 at 10:25 am

    This looks delicious! I am a huge fan of tacos, but never would have thought to use spaghetti squash. I will have to try this out soon

  22. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    You should give it a try! It’s a fun way to forego the tortillas and enjoy something a little healthier for you. I’m sure you’d love it!

  23. Sara Giboney

    January 11th, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing. This looks really good. I love spaghetti squash, but I usually just add tomato sauce. This is a fun way to mix it up.

  24. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Me too!! I LOVE just throwing some marinara and mushrooms on top and calling it done. This was a fun way to try something new and it was a hit!

  25. Cara Owens-Kindly Unspoken

    January 11th, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    This looks so good! I could literally eat Mexican flavored food all day everyday haha. Will definitely have to try this out soon! :)

  26. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks Cara! Let me know if you try it out :) I’d love to hear how it turned out!

  27. Neely

    January 11th, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I love all of the ingredients so its def worth a try to me!

  28. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Yes!! I’m sure you’d love it, and it’s SO easy to make, which is a win in my book!

  29. Chrissy Z.

    January 11th, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Mmh, this looks delicious! We love spaghetti squash so this is something I will definitely try! Pinning as I go!

  30. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for pinning, Chrissy. You should try it out soon. It’s SO good!

  31. Krissie Aguilar

    January 11th, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Wow this looks and sounds delicious! Great for a weeknight meal!

  32. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks Krissie! It was the PERFECT meal to make after a long day at work. Easy and healthy- my two favorite things!

  33. Brittany Dyer

    January 11th, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    I would have never thought of doing this before now! I love spaghetti!

  34. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    It’s a really fun idea, and it turned out SO good. You should give it a try! :)

  35. Charlotte

    January 11th, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Omg this looks so good! Pataskala I would substitute the turkey for veggie beef (some the bf and I are both vegetarian) but that’s easy and this sounds hella amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

  36. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    That’s a great way to make it vegetarian! I’m sure it’d be just as delicious, too <3

  37. Charlotte

    January 31st, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Wow, I’m just rereading my comment and I have no idea what Pataskala is. LOL, thanks phone :p

  38. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Hahaha It happens to me ALL the time!

  39. Rachel @ STCL

    January 11th, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    This look delicious! I love spaghetti + tacos. What a great combo!

  40. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Me too Rachel! It’s amazing how well they paired together. Definitely a recipe I’ll make again and again!

  41. brittany

    January 11th, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    As soon as I saw the title of the post I was in love. Two of my favorite things combined! I’m pinning this to try for later!

  42. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Yay!! Thanks for pinning, Brittany! Let me know if you try it out. :)

  43. Michelle Lynn

    January 11th, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    This looks sooo good.. .OMG!!

  44. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks Michelle!! <3

  45. Claudia

    January 12th, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    oh my goodness this looks so delicious

  46. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Oh it definitely is!! But honestly, anything with taco flavors and I’m sold haha!

  47. Stephanay Jnote

    January 12th, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    That sounds very good and I would think is very healthy as well. Great food option. Thank sfor the recipe

  48. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks girl! It’s so good you don’t even realize it’s good for you. Win-win!

  49. Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    January 12th, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Mmm, I just love spaghetti squash! This sounds like such a delicious combo! Will try soon!

  50. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Oh it definitely is!! Such a great mix between healthy and satisfying. Especially for a fun Taco Tuesday :)

  51. Dawn - Our Food Fix

    January 12th, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Yaassss! Loving this girl. Anything is spaghetti squash is a win in my book, but especially taco casserole!

  52. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 31st, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Oh yes!! It’s almost surprising how delicious this spaghetti squash turned out. #eatallthetacos

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