Beef Picadillo-Stuffed Acorn Squash

A nutrient-rich alternative to the brown-sugar-and-butter treatment for squash. Top it instead with a spicy-sweet blend of Ground Beef, onion, cinnamon and raisins.

  • 30
  • 4
  • 290
  • 28 g


  • 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican Seasoning Mix (see below)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 acorn squash, quartered, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds (optional)


  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef and onion; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon; pour off drippings. Return beef mixture to skillet.

    Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
  2. Sprinkle seasoning mix and cinnamon over beef; mix well. Stir in tomato sauce and raisins; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over squash. Garnish with almonds, if desired.

    Cook's Tip: Mexican Seasoning Mix: Combine 1/3 cup chili powder, 1 tablespoon salt, 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin and 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Store in airtight container. Shake before using to blend.

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3.4g SAT FAT

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5 mg IRON

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6.9 mg ZINC

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* Based on a 2,000 calorie diet
** Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet

Nutrition information per serving: 288 Calories; 79.2 Calories from fat; 8.8g Total Fat (3.4 g Saturated Fat; 0.27 g Trans Fat; 0.7 g Polyunsaturated Fat; 3.4 g Monounsaturated Fat;) 84 mg Cholesterol; 834 mg Sodium; 28 g Total Carbohydrate; 4.3 g Dietary Fiber; 28 g Protein; 5 mg Iron; 1098 mg Potassium; 7.9 mg NE Niacin; 0.7 mg Vitamin B6; 2.8 mcg Vitamin B12; 6.9 mg Zinc; 22.5 mcg Selenium; 104.3 mg Choline.

This recipe is an excellent source of Protein, Iron, Potassium, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Selenium; and a good source of Dietary Fiber, and Choline.

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