Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ground Beef and Figs

Since following an Animal-Based Diet, squashes have become a staple. This stuffed acorn squash recipe will make you feel cozy and fulfilling.

Since following an Animal-Based Diet, squashes have become a staple in my house, and acorn squash is a great savory fruit to stuff with meat. This stuffed acorn squash recipe is easy to make and will make you feel cozy and fulfilling. 

This recipe has a few more steps than most of my recipes, but I promise you – it’s worth spending a few more minutes in the kitchen for this deliciousness, and I’ve got step-by-step instructions to show you how easy it is to make!

Ingredients for stuffed acorn squash:

To make this recipe, you’ll need minimal ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Acorn squash, ideally organic.
  • Some sort of healthy cooking fat: ghee, tallow, coconut, or olive oil.
  • Salt.
  • Ground beef, lean, is best.
  • Coconut aminos.
  • Beef or chicken broth.
  • Dried figs
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese.

Optional (none animal-based)

  • 2-3 garlic gloves.
  • 1/4 onion, diced.
  • 1 tsp dried thyme.

Preparing the acorn squash:

How to cut acorn squash:

  1. Slice from the stem towards the pointed edge of the squash directly down the middle. Acorn squashes have ridges, so if you can find a ridge to guide the knife through, it will be easier to cut.
  2. Once the acorn squash is cut in half, scoop out the seeds. You can use a regular spoon. Make sure you scrape the inside of the squash until it is smooth and not stringy. Discard the seeds.
  3. Add coconut olive oil or ghee to the skin and inside the acorn squash with a brush. Now, your squash is ready to roast! 

How to make stuffed acorn squash:

  1. Cut + prep your acorn squash.
  2. Place squash flat on a greased sheet. Bake the squash for 20 minutes, until it is tender when pierced with a fork.
  3. While your squash is roasting, prep your beef filling.
  4. Scoop most of the squash out of the center + add to your beef filling mixture.
  5. Fill the empty acorn squash shells with filling. Sprinkle with copious amounts of super sharp cheddar cheese (yum!)
  6. Return the stuffed acorn squash to the oven and bake for 10 minutes until the cheese melts.

Time-saving tips for stuffed acorn squash

Cook the acorn squash before. The squash takes the longest out of all of the steps. You can bake the squash the night before you want to have them for dinner and cook the filling so that you’re 30 minutes ahead of the game come dinner time.

Cook the filling ahead of time. The filling in this recipe requires the most prep work because of the chopping. You can cook it the night before you’d like to make the squash to save time (and get all those dishes out of the way!)

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ground Beef

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ground Beef

Recipe by Pia SegoviaCourse: main


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  • 2 acorn squash, cut in half.

  • 2 tsps ghee or tallow, melted.

  • 1 tsp salt.

  • 1 pound of ground beef, lean.

  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos.

  • 2 Tbsp beef or chicken broth.

  • 1/4 cup dried fig

  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage

  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese.

  • Optional
  • 2-3 garlic gloves.

  • 1/4 onion, diced.

  • 1 tsp dried thyme.


  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Cut the acorn squash in half, and remove the seeds.
  • Brush the acorn squash with 1 teaspoon of ghee and bake them in a baking tray for 30 minutes or until soft.
  • In the meantime, sauté onions and garlic until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add in ground beef and cook for an additional 10 minutes until browned. Add the broth, coconut aminos, figs, salt and herbs. Sauté for an additional 5 minutes.
  • When the squash is done, remove from the oven + scoop out most of the cooked center, leaving the mostly empty squash skin on the baking sheet.
  • Add the squash filling to the beef mixture in the pan + stir until completely mixed in. Scoop the beef/squash mixture back into the empty squash + top with cheese.
  • Bake them at 450 for 5-10 minutes until cheese melts, and then broil for 2-3 minutes so the cheesy gets crispy.
Since following an Animal-Based Diet, squashes have become a staple. This stuffed acorn squash recipe will make you feel cozy and fulfilling.

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