Cheesy Chipotle Beef & Vegetable Bake with Spaghetti Squash & Jalapeño Sour Cream

Cheesy Chipotle Beef & Vegetable Bake

with Spaghetti Squash & Jalapeño Sour Cream

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To contrast the sweet flavors of our spaghetti squash—a special variety whose flesh transforms into delicate, spaghetti-like strands when cooked—we're tossing it with spicy chipotle-glazed beef, poblano, and onion, then baking it all under a layer of melty cheese.

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Cheesy Chipotle Beef & Vegetable Bake with Spaghetti Squash & Jalapeño Sour Cream
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  • 10 oz Ground Beef
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Poblano Pepper
  • 2 Scallions
  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • 2 tsps Chipotle Chile Paste
  • 2 oz Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 oz Sliced Pickled Jalapeño Pepper
  • ¼ cup Sour Cream
Prepare & cook the squash
1 Prepare & cook the squash

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Using a sharp, sturdy knife, carefully halve the squash lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out and discard the pulp and seeds. Drizzle the cut sides with olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

Microwave or oven: MICROWAVE: Working in two batches if necessary, transfer the prepared squash to a microwave-safe baking dish, cut side down. Fill with 1/2 inch of water. Microwave on high 3 to 5 minutes, or until the flesh easily pulls away from the skin.   

OVEN: Line a sheet pan with parchment paper (or foil). Transfer the prepared squash to the sheet pan, cut side down. Roast 25 to 30 minutes, or until the skin is lightly browned and the flesh easily pulls away from the skin.

Transfer the cooked squash to a large bowl to cool slightly.

Prepare the remaining ingredients
2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

Meanwhile, halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Grate the cheese on the large side of a box grater. Cut off and discard the stem of the poblano pepper. Halve lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Finely chop the jalapeño pepper. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling the peppers. In a bowl, combine the sour cream, 1 tablespoon of water, and as much of the chopped jalapeño pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper. 

Cook the vegetables
3 Cook the vegetables

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced onion and sliced poblano pepper; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. 

Add the beef
4 Add the beef

To the pan of cooked vegetables, add the sliced white bottoms of the scallions and beef; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 4 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the beef is cooked through. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Separate the squash into strands & make the filling
5 Separate the squash into strands & make the filling

When cool enough to handle, using a fork, scrape the flesh of the cooked squash into the bowl; separate any clumps. Discard the skins. Add the squash strands to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until combined.

Bake & serve your dish
6 Bake & serve your dish

Transfer the filling to a baking dish. Evenly top with the grated cheese. Bake 3 to 4 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven. Let stand at least 2 minutes. Garnish with the jalapeño sour cream and sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

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Prepare & cook the squash
1 Prepare & cook the squash

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Using a sharp, sturdy knife, carefully halve the squash lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out and discard the pulp and seeds. Drizzle the cut sides with olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

Microwave or oven: MICROWAVE: Working in two batches if necessary, transfer the prepared squash to a microwave-safe baking dish, cut side down. Fill with 1/2 inch of water. Microwave on high 3 to 5 minutes, or until the flesh easily pulls away from the skin.   

OVEN: Line a sheet pan with parchment paper (or foil). Transfer the prepared squash to the sheet pan, cut side down. Roast 25 to 30 minutes, or until the skin is lightly browned and the flesh easily pulls away from the skin.

Transfer the cooked squash to a large bowl to cool slightly.

2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

Meanwhile, halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Grate the cheese on the large side of a box grater. Cut off and discard the stem of the poblano pepper. Halve lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Finely chop the jalapeño pepper. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling the peppers. In a bowl, combine the sour cream, 1 tablespoon of water, and as much of the chopped jalapeño pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper. 

Prepare the remaining ingredients
Cook the vegetables
3 Cook the vegetables

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced onion and sliced poblano pepper; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. 

4 Add the beef

To the pan of cooked vegetables, add the sliced white bottoms of the scallions and beef; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 4 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the beef is cooked through. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Add the beef
Separate the squash into strands & make the filling
5 Separate the squash into strands & make the filling

When cool enough to handle, using a fork, scrape the flesh of the cooked squash into the bowl; separate any clumps. Discard the skins. Add the squash strands to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until combined.

6 Bake & serve your dish

Transfer the filling to a baking dish. Evenly top with the grated cheese. Bake 3 to 4 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven. Let stand at least 2 minutes. Garnish with the jalapeño sour cream and sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Bake & serve your dish