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Spicy Southwest Butternut Squash Casserole with wooden spoon.

Spicy Southwest Butternut Squash Casserole

This Spicy Southwest Butternut Squash Casserole is savory, spicy, wholesome, and perfect for a quick and easy dinner! Made with simple ingredients, this make-ahead meal can be made entirely in a casserole dish and is bursting with flavor. This is healthy comfort food that the entire family will love!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 406kcal


  • 1 lb frozen butternut squash, cubed about 3-4 cups
  • 1 large bell pepper sliced or chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans drained
  • 1 cup cooked ground beef
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper optional


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Place the squash and pepper in the casserole dish and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes, or until squash just begins to soften.
  • Drain any extra liquid in the casserole dish.
  • Mix in the paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper, black beans, cooked ground beef, half of the cheese, and kale to the casserole dish.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake for another 10 minutes (or until everything is soft).
  • Top with crushed red pepper (optional).
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • Prep the ground beef ahead of time so that it's ready to go!
  • Cook the butternut squash in the casserole dish just until soft, but not too soft (as it will continue to cook with the other ingredients).
  • Use pre-cut or frozen butternut squash to help save time.
  • Adjust the spicy level of this recipe by adding more (or less) crushed red pepper!


Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 809mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 15521IU | Vitamin C: 96mg | Calcium: 236mg | Iron: 3mg