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Spaghetti Squash Boats Tex Mex

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Olena Osipov
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These Tex-Mex Spaghetti Squash Boats are packed with fresh veggies, beans, and enough cheese to make this a hearty, wholesome meal while remaining healthy. Your entire family will love it!

Plus, why not also try this avocado and egg spaghetti squash boat, butter chicken stuffed spaghetti squash boat, or even chicken Alfredo stuffed spaghetti squash boats?!

Spaghetti Squash Boats Tex Mex

These spaghetti squash boats is one of the best dinners I made. The texture, the flavour, the smell and the calories…all to die for! What a great light dinner, and it wasn’t hard.

I had these 2 spaghetti squash laying in my fridge and no plan. I have made spaghetti squash casserole and an even cheesier spaghetti squash mac n’ cheese before and wanted to try the boats.

Spaghetti Squash Boats Tex Mex

Just bake the squash for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, quickly saute the veggies, fill the boats, sprinkle with cheese, bake for another 10 minutes, and you’re done!

Crunchy strands of spaghetti squash, almost like pasta but better, combined with beans, fresh cilantro and gooey cheese on top = heavenly. Just the best! One of the best parts of these spaghetti squash boats is that you eat a lot and feel like you completely pigged out but you did not.

Still have more spaghetti squash to use? You might also like using it to create a butternut squash crust quiche with mixed Mediterranean vegetables or kale and mushrooms.

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Spaghetti Squash Boats Tex Mex

Spaghetti Squash Boats Tex Mex

Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash Boats are vegetarian healthy boats with beans, tomato sauce and cheese.
5 from 26 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 2 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 large bell pepper diced
  • 14 oz red kidney or black bean beans drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp organic chili powder
  • 2 tbsp diced canned chilis or jalapeños or to taste
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped + more for garnish
  • 1 + 1/2 cup Colby Jack/Tex Mex/Mozzarella cheese shredded & divided
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray I use Misto


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Lay skin side down on a rimmed baking sheet, lined with unbleached parchment paper, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 45 mins or until cooked to a touch with a fork.
  • In the meanwhile, preheat medium skillet on medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add onion, garlic, bell pepper and saute for 4 - 5 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add beans, chili powder, chilis/jalapeños, tomato sauce, cilantro and stir. Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup cheese. Stir again.
  • Remove baked spaghetti squash from the oven and let cool a few minutes. Fluff each squash "boat" with a fork releasing some of the strands, leaving the squash in a shell. Fill each "boat" with heaping 3/4 - 1 cup prepared bean/pepper etc. mixture and sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese each. Bake for additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve hot, garnished with extra cilantro.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 3 days. Do not freeze.


    Serving: 1spaghetti squash half | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 477mg | Potassium: 647mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1720IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2mg
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    1. 5 stars
      One of my favorite meals that I’ve been making for more than 6 years now, my steak loving son also liked this a lot; So delicious! I often cheat and just use spaghetti sauce and add jalapeños on top. Thank you for the recipe!

    2. 5 stars
      I made the spaghetti squash boats too. But I made chicken enchiladas (without the tortillas) and filled the boats! Absolutely delicious!

    3. Made this for my hubby’s birthday. It was really good. Made with salsa instead of tomato sauce. Had a cheese version and a Daiya cheddar version. Both were good.

    4. 5 stars
      Made this yesterday. I am not a big fan of beans, so I switched the protein to chicken breasts. I used Kraft no fat shredded mozzarella. Half a spaghetti squash is A LOT of spaghetti squash, so I split the chicken/pepper, etc. mix into two halves of spaghetti squash. A serving is 1/4 of the squash!
      The flavoring in this was perfect. I could have eaten both halves [and had a tummy ache!], but I had my serving knowing I have more as leftovers. It’s easy to prepare and would be great as a filling for a lettuce wrap, too!
      My compliments on this recipe.

    5. 5 stars
      I’ve made this twice. Made a double recipe and took it to a church potluck – it was a hit! Thanks for posting. I microwave the squash on high 4-5 min., turning once. That makes it easier to cut and reduces the cooking time. I brush the squash with oil and bake it at 400 for 30 min. As suggested, I used Rotel instead of tomato sauce and jalapenos. I mixed the squash with the bean filling and poured into a 8×8 baking dish, then finished as recipe directs. Great recipe! Already shared with friends!

    6. I misunderstood that this recipe is vegetarian rather than vegan so am disappointed it calls for cheese. HOWEVER, I should be able to modify it using Daiya or cashew cheez as substitute. It looks amazingly deilcious!

      1. It looks delicious, but I would also veganize this recipe. There are so many great vegan “cheese” options that I’m sure would work perfectly in this dish. Cutting the cholesterol to zero and saving the lives of cows and their calves makes the food taste even better! There are lots of great vegan “cheese” recipes online and a number of brand names at lots of groceries.

        1. Hi Maureen. Feel free to do so. I personally think vegan cheeses are not healthier alternative because they are full of chemicals. I haven’t seen a healthy vegan cheese at the store yet. Juts like meat alternatives. Homemade cheeses are more like sauces which are not really cheese. I mean whether vegan lifestyle is healthy or not is a big debate which leads only to making a personal choice. A bit of cheese won’t hurt your cholesterol levels, all in moderation. I frankly believe in whole foods, not depriving my body of nutrients and sourcing local organic products as much as possible.:)

    7. 5 stars
      I have never eaten spagetti squash. We were given one and this recipe looked good. I followed the recipe and it was delicious!

    8. as a weight watcher member.. this looks amazing… when you calculated the WW points did you use a full fat cheese or a low fat or fat free cheese???

    9. I bought my first spaghetti squash and just attempted to cut it and it was near impossible! My hands cramped up a bunch during the process and the fact that I didn’t lose a finger (or hand) during the process is pure luck. Do you have any tips for how to make it easier (and safer) to cut the spaghetti squash? Should I poke holes in it all over with a fork and microwave for a few minutes before I follow your recipe? It looks delicious but I have no idea how to cut the squash….

      1. I know it is hard. I usually use chef’s knife and try to keep my fingers away from the board as much as I can. I first insert the knife then smack the squash gently on a board a bit by holding the knife’s handle. Then move knife down a bit. Sometimes I use small serrated knife. Depends on a size of a squash too. I haven’t had an accident yet.

      2. Yes, a couple of pokes with a sharp knife and microwave for 5 minutes. Let cool. Cut off the stem end. The spaghetti squash will slice nicely in half with the stem end removed.

      3. Use an ice pick to poke (stab) holes all the way through – usually do about four rows of ice pick holes And then microwave for 10 minutes. When you take it out, it’s done and very easy to slice in half. (removing the seeds seems to take longer than anything).

    10. 5 stars
      AMAZING!!!!!!! Will be making these again soon. How delish, I’ve never ate spaghetti squash before but with all the toppings it paired perfectly together

    11. 5 stars
      Wow these were great. My first time using spaghetti squash, and we loved it. I did not have bell pepper on hand do used eggplant instead, delicious. And you are right they are very filling for under 300 cal

    12. 5 stars
      These are so very good! I have never tried spaghetti squab(because I didn’t know what to do with it). I am sharing recipe with all my friends! Thank you

    13. 5 stars
      I made these last night but cooked them in the microwave instead of the oven. I followed the rest of the preparation instructions. We did add guacamole and sour cream as garnishes. My 13 year old loved this!!! We have had spaghetti squash before…in fact we usually have it instead of spaghetti noodles.

    14. Always have cans of Ro-tel on the shelf which I’ll use instead of tomato sauce and jalapenos. Can’t go wrong with this wonderful use of the calorie saving spaghetti squash!!!

    15. I am going to make this tonight but am changing it up a bit. I am the only one who will eat spaghetti squash so I am going to use canned chili and cheese in one half and save the other for tomorrow. It sounds wonderful to me!

    16. 5 stars
      Made this today loved loved loved it.!!! I used 1 cup of each black beans and red beans as I had them fresh on hand. The fresh cilantro really made the dish. Will make again !!

      1. That’s awesome! Yes, use what you have, common sense. What kind of beans really doesn’t matter. I will be making these next week as well. As soon as I get affordable organic squash.

    17. 5 stars
      I just made these for dinner and they are so good!! This is definitely something I will make again. 🙂

    18. 5 stars
      I made this and enjoyed it as it was super delicious… I’m watching my carbs & processed food intake so this was great … As to the person who said its not low carb it’s on south beach phase 1 of accepted foods so thats good enough for me. It was delish & super filling & I had 3 co-workers ask for the recipe. So thank you so much for sharing 🙂

      1. You are so welcome.:) I find these boats having perfect amount of carbs for me as well. Not too much and enough to make me full and give energy.

    19. 5 stars
      I made these last night and they were delicious! My only comment would be that I would use a smaller spaghetti squash next time, or up the filling. The filling to squash ratio was a little off.

      1. Glad you liked these! I personally didn’t find that but I guess it’s a personal preference. For example, I don’t like too cheesy things either, and some people love food swimming in cheese.

    20. 5 stars
      We are vegetarians and always looking for new ways to cook this. I make spaghetti squash all the time, just sautéed with a little olive oil, garlic and topped with Parmesan cheese or served with homemade sauce (just like my Mom used to do). I think I will add some veggie chorizo into this next time! But this is simply DELISH!!!

    21. hum, 38 carbs? don’t know what you think low carb eating is, but that is NOT low carb. low carb is less than 27 & should actually be closer to 21-23 to be considered low carb.

      1. Hum, considered by who?! I’m not promoting any low carb diet or am on any. I actually think it’s unhealthy and dangerous. This recipe wouldn’t work for you for obvious reasons. Unfortunately. It’s delicious and healthy.

        1. There are actually healthy ways to do low carb. Carb cycling is great for fat loss. You have high carb, normal carb, and super low carb days. This wouldn’t work for low carb but may be a great option for an average carb day.

      2. Kat, I’m diabetic & in the class that I went to about how to eat healthier, when the fiber is above 5g then you can take half of the fiber off the total of carbs. But need to watch the rest of info also. I’m allowed 35 to 45 carbs for breakfast & lunch, supper is 55 to 65. So I sure hope this helps.

      1. I do not peel spaghetti squash. Maybe you meant fluff the inside to separate the strands? If so, the dish is more flavourful this way.

    22. I just discovered Spaghetti squash! Definitely making this! Love your style & simplicity in cooking! Thanks for sharing!

    23. Squash is one thing I always hesitate to experiment with, but these look too good not to try!! When we get back from our trip, this will be on our menu for sure!!

    24. My kids love spaghetti squash. And I LOVE anything with a Mexican flair. So I will be making these asap… and am off to look at that quinoa casserole! Pinning both to add to the menu.

      1. Hm, that’s interesting your kids like spaghetti squash. I don’t remember if mine do. Will try tonight and see.:) Enjoy! These boats are amazing!!!

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