Taco Spaghetti Squash Boats

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6

A fun and delicious low carb alternative to taco pasta. 


  • 3 small spaghetti squash 2 lb each, cooked, seeds removed and sliced in half lengthwise (see note)
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or beef
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 small brown onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp homemade taco seasoning
  • 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • one lime sliced into wedges


  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Use a fork to scrape squash until it separates into strands. Set aside.

  2. Add garlic, onions and ground turkey to a large skillet. Cook until ground turkey has browned, crumbling the ground turkey as you cook it. Drain out excess fat.

  3. Sprinkle taco seasoning across turkey. Add black beans, can of tomatoes (including the liquid), 1/4 cup water and stir into the turkey mixture. Stir and cook on medium heat until everything is evenly mixed, turkey is cooked through, and sauce has thickened.

  4. Preheat oven to 400F. Place spaghetti squash halves onto baking sheet. Top each half with taco meat and sauce. Sprinkle with cheese. Place squash into oven and bake for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted. 

  5. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges to be squeezed over sauce.


  • For oven or microwave spaghetti squash cooking instructions, see this post.
  • For Instant Pot cooking instructions, see this post.
Nutrition Facts
Taco Spaghetti Squash Boats
Amount Per Serving (0.17 of recipe)
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 971mg 40%
Potassium 1082mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 13g 52%
Sugars 15g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 25.9%
Vitamin C 23.1%
Calcium 25.1%
Iron 28.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

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