Chili Stuffed Delicata Squash

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Chili Stuffed Delicata Squash is hearty Southwest turkey chili stuffed in roasted delicata squash.  Top with cheese and cilantro for one delicious fall meal!

Southwest Turkey Chili Stuffed Delicata Squash |

Believe it or not, it’s still around 80 degrees here in Northern California.  I haven’t even worn boots or sweaters yet, and it’s almost Halloween!  We have rain in the forecast this week for one day, then we’re warming back up again.  

I’m seriously ready for colder weather so I can enjoy my soups and chilis without sweating bullets.

For real.

Southwest Turkey Chili Stuffed Delicata Squash |

It was even hotter outside when I made this chili stuffed delicata squash, and yes, I was sweating it out a bit as I ate it.  

That didn’t keep me from loving every bite, though!  I have told you that I’m a year-round soup and chili eater, so I do have experience eating it when it’s warm out. πŸ™‚

Not only did I have warm chili to eat, but I had the oven on to roast my squash while the chili cooked, which made my house even warmer.  

It was a small price to pay.

Southwest Turkey Chili Stuffed Delicata Squash |

I think you know what I mean. πŸ™‚  This meal cooks up quickly — about 30 minutes and some change is all you need.  The chili stuffed delicata squash roasts up in about 30 minutes, just in time for the chili to be done.

Timing could not be more perfect.

delicata squash

If you’re not too sure how to cut delicata squash, see my post on delicata squash.  I also discussed that delicata squash is great because it has an edible skin…which happens to be gorgeous too!  

This means your chili is in an edible “bowl”, and you’ve got a few less bowls to wash. πŸ™‚

Delicata squash is sweet and silky, and is a match made in heaven with the bold southwest flavors going on in this turkey chili.  That whole sweet & savory thing gets me every time.  If it gets you, too, this meal is for you.

And if it’s cold out, even better!

Southwest Turkey Chili Stuffed Delicata Squash |

See my post on Delicata Squash for more information and recipe inspiration!

More delicata recipes you’ll love:


Chili Stuffed Delicata Squash

Yield: 8 stuffed delicata halves
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Chili Stuffed Delicata Squash is hearty Southwest turkey chili stuffed in roasted delicata squash. Β Top with cheese and cilantro for one delicious fall meal!

southwest turkey chili stuffed delicata squash on a white serving platter


For the squash:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 delicata squash, halved lengthwise, seeds removed
  • salt and pepper, to taste.

For the chili:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 15 ounces black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Top with cheese and extra cilantro, optional


    Prepare the squash:

    1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat the squash with the olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes, or until soft. Set aside.

    Prepare the chili:

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook 5-8 minutes or until softened and translucent. Add the garlic and spices and cook 30 seconds. Add the ground turkey and break up with the back of a wooden spoon, stirring to coat with the spice mixture. Cook 5-8 mintues or until no longer pink.
    2. Add the corn and saute 1-2 minutes until softened. Add the tomato sauce and black beans, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on medium low 10-15 minutes for the flavors to meld.
    3. Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro and lime juice.
    4. Fill the delicata squash with the chili, and serve with optional toppings if desired. Enjoy!

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 324Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 440mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 10gSugar: 11gProtein: 23g

    Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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