Spaghetti Squash Taco Casserole with Ground Beef and Cheese

Mondays are rough, aren’t they?

Who wants to get up at zero dark thirty after a lovely weekend of sleeping in until the sun actually rises?

Not me!

Taco Casserole

Taco Casserole

Nevertheless, here I am on Monday morning at 5:00 am writing this blog post, and contemplating how much time I need to get to work on time.

Mexican Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Mexican Spaghetti Squash

When I return home where it will be just as dark as it was when I left, it’s a good thing I have this easy taco casserole waiting for dinner.

Ground Beef

Ground Beef

All it takes to make this spicy casserole  is a container of pico de gallo, a spaghetti squash you’ve cooked in the microwave, and a package of lean ground beef.

(If you’re not a spaghetti squash fan, try some cooked nutty brown rice instead. )

Mexican Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Mexican Spaghetti Squash Casserole

I’ll sprinkle a little sharp cheddar cheese over my bowl and plop a dollop of sour cream on top, then I can recover from having to start another work week.

Do you have a favorite Monday meal? Be sure and leave a comment. I need all the help I can get on Mondays.

Happy, healthy cooking!

Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowls
  • 6 cups spaghetti squash, cooked
  • ½ tablespoon Mexican seasoning
  • 1 ½ cup pico de gallo, store purchased
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ cup cilantro, minced
  • 8 tablespoons low fat cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons low fat sour cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly spray a square baking dish with cooking spray. Combine squash and Mexican seasoning and spread over the bottom of the dish.
  3. In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat add meat, 1 cup pico de gallo and cumin. Cook until meat is cooked through - about 10 minutes. Drain off fat and liquid.
  4. Spread meat over the squash and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
  5. Top the casserole with remaining ½ cup pico and cilantro. Serve with 2 teaspoons sour cream each.
Calories: 278kcal
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 7
Saturated fatty acids: 4.05g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 3.16g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.76g
Total fat: 7.97g
Calories from fat: 71
Cholesterol: 76mg
Carbohydrate, by difference: 21.94g
Total dietary fiber: 4.52g
Protein: 28.76g
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 servings

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  1. says

    Kristi, your are writing at 5 am… wow you are so dedicated. I remember those days when I use to work in cold New England, left to work and came back without seeing the sunlight. To know a casserole like this waits for you at home is something to look forward to, with or without sunlight.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • says

      It was certainly easy enough. Purchasing a container of pico de gallo is on my list from now on. I didn’t have to chop and drop, and it wasn’t in the least bit expensive. Have a good week. :)

  2. says

    Monday is painful! :) I cooked up a Trader Joes mahi mahi burger for dinner and had it with some avocado and veggies. Simple but filling! Your casserole looks delicious.

    • says

      Don’t you just love Trader Joes? I wish we had one nearby, but whenever I get a chance to take a short trip I stock up. They have an orange chicken I love!

  3. EA-The Spicy RD says

    Reading this now at 6:50, and I’m still tired…last few minutes before I get the kids up for school and the daily madness begins :-). Love this simple dish, and my kids would love it too, minus the spaghetti squash! Favorite Monday meal is probably spaghetti w/ mea sauce, steamed broccoli or salad, and fresh fruit. Everybody loves it and super easy to make. Have a wonderful week!

    • says

      The difference is that my kids are grown and gone, and so is the madness. I can’t say I miss it because I’m loving watching them as adults starting their own families, and waiting to be a grandma and help them with the madness! You can’t beat spaghetti to please a family. We lived on it. I could make a huge batch and freeze it for quick meals. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  4. says

    I am still on my last dream at 5 AM…and you are already busy?
    This dish looks delicious, love the spaghetti squash mixed with the ground beef, what a nice meal.
    Have a great week Kristi!

  5. says

    5 AM? I’m impressed. That’s dedication! And this is one impressive looking recipe. Loads of good flavor, and a way to use spaghetti squash that I hadn’t thought of. Good stuff – thanks.

  6. says

    Oh wow…writing your blog post at 5am!!! You are one amazing woman! Beautiful dish. Looks healthy and delicious. My simple quick meal is always rice, mixed vegetable stir fry and fish as fish is very quick to cook.

    • says

      We don’t eat enough fish in this house. You are reminding me of how important it is – but even more – it’s totally delicious! Have a wonderful Sunday Mary!

  7. says

    This is great Kristi! I feel you on Mondays, it’s even harder when it’s a holiday that my husband is off for but I’m not! Simple but tasty and something I could throw together while bleary eyed lol, it doesn’t get better than that.

    • says

      Hi Mardi – sorry about that. The software I’ve been using to input recipes has only been putting the number at the top of the recipe. I’m working on updating those posts. The serving size is 4 servings. Thank you for asking. I hope you have a terrific week. ~Kristi


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