Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Spring Break……….a whole week of sunshine and spring like temperatures………if you live somewhere other than Northern Illinois. Woke up this morning to, you guessed it, more snow. The wind is blowing ninety miles an hour and it actually hurts your skin………that should not be happening on March 25th………..just saying! 


So, since the weather is, well what it is, I have more time to cook. Tim and I have a mild affliction to Mexican food.

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When we started dating again, we frequented a Mexican restaurant called La Mex, and when we dated all those years ago……for the story check out the Poor Mans Lobster post, we went to an Irish bar called Kelly’s that is still serving the best Mexican food.

For me, I still remember with longing, two places where my Mexican food affliction began. One was a place whose name I cannot for the life of me remember, but I remember the burritos ………….they were to die for. If anyone can enlighten me on the name, it was below the Poison Apple Disco, which eventually became Waldo Stubbs. My girlfriends and I would go to the Disco early to get a table, then go downstairs to have a bite to eat before the dancing began. But, alas it closed.

Enter Mexican restaurant #2……….Vince’s Taco Inn. Awww the memories. After a night of partying, when you really needed something to eat, the Mexican food at Vince’s was just the ticket. It was a small, quaint, little hole in the wall…….you know one of those local iconic places. The food was awesome, and it was amazing how many of us could fit in one of their booths.

Do you detect a theme………one, we love Mexican food……….two, all of the places we loved dearly have closed. I guess its up to me to put on my Super Chef hat and coat …….maybe a pair of those crazy chef pants, and some Mario Batail clogs and make my own Mexican recipes……….Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash.

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I know, it’s not a traditional Mexican recipe, but it sure was tasty, and healthy too. The spaghetti squash takes on the flavor of whatever you add to it. The spicy enchilada mixture starts with ………my favorite ground chicken( you can substitute ground turkey or ground beef), a frozen bagged mix of southwest veggies, that I purchased a my local Kroger’s, canned enchilada sauce, cilantro, and cheese. It’s super easy to make, can be made ahead of time, and I can get two meals out of one recipe. I divided the meat mixture in half before I added the sauce. You can freeze the extra meat mixture and make the recipe again, or use the meat for taco filling or nachos.

So try the Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash for a Mexican food fix………and who knows maybe I will get enough recipes for another e-Book……………so look for more Mexican recipes………

Adios for now…..

Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • FOR THE ROASTED SPAGHETTI SQUASH:
  • 1 small spaghetti squash, cut in half and seeded
  • 1 canola cooking spray
  • FOR THE CHICKEN ENCHILADA STUFFED SPAGHETTI SQUASH:
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1-12oz. bag frozen Zesty Corn & Black Bean Blend
  • 1 can -14oz enchilada sauce
  • ¼ cup cilantro, torn
  • ½ cup 4 Cheese Mexican Blend
Instructions
  1. FOR THE ROASTED SPAGHETTI SQUASH:
  2. Spray the inner flesh of the spaghetti squash with canola spray, season with salt and pepper and roast, skin side up, in a preheated 400F oven until tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. FOR THE CHICKEN ENCHILADA STUFFED SPAGHETTI SQUASH:
  4. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.Cook the chicken until all the pink is gone.Add the corn and black bean mixture and cook until heat through. Remove ½ of the mixture and freeze/save for another meal. Add the enchilada sauce, and cilantro, divide the mixture between the spaghetti squash and top with the cheese.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until heated through. Turn the oven to broil. Broil until the cheese has melted and turned a light golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Watch closely so it does not burn.

 

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2 thoughts on “Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash”

  1. Made this for my husband. We both loved it. He says he is beginning to really like spaghetti squash now. I put it all in a 9×13 pan and cooked it as a casserole. Yummy. Had it for several meals. Thanks, Marty

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