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Dec 262012

Mexican Style Spaghetti Squash

For sometime now, I have been hearing and reading about spaghetti squash and wanted to try cooking something with it. Since the squash inherently has a sweet tinge to it, I wanted to compliment it with flavors that would not mask it completely, but also not make it too evident. That is how this recipe was created and I liked the outcome! Mexican style spaghetti squash is a layered dish consisting of layers of flavored spaghetti squash, cooked beans and corn, and guacamole. You can add an additional layer of stir fried onion and bell pepper.

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash has a spaghetti (noodle) like flesh and hence the name. Raw spaghetti squash has a very hard peel and cutting it can be a bit of a challenge. If you find it impossible to cut it raw, you can bake the entire squash in the oven and then cut the cooked, soft squash. Alternately, you can heat the entire squash in a microwave for about 5 minutes, until partially tender, cut it, scrape the seeds and then bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. You can also cook the entire squash in the microwave for a longer time, without having to use the oven at all. It is very important to pierce holes in the squash using a knife or a skewer before heating, for the gases to escape while cooking.


Guacamole is an avocado-based sauce that is traditional in Mexico. It is commonly used as a dip for chips and nachos (corn-based snack) or as a condiment. Avocado, although native to Mexico, is now largely available in other parts of the world as well. It is commonly referred to as butter fruit in India. They have a thick green skin and a fleshy body. An avocado is perfectly ripe when it is soft enough to make a small dent but not mushy. The skin turns brown as the avocado ripens. The fruit has a single large seed in the center, that has to be removed before scooping out the flesh. Avocado flesh discolors when exposed to  air. Lemon juice is added to the scooped flesh to prevent it from turning brown.

Mexican Style Spaghetti Squash



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