Spaghetti Squash Tacos

vegetarian tacos tinga style

Spaghetti Squash Tacos (Tinga Style) is a vegetarian taco inspired by Pollo de Tinga. This Mexican inspired classic has deep flavors from Guajillo Chilis, onion and tomato. It can be eaten as a taco or with rice…or any way you wish!

Spaghetti squash Tinga is a great alternative for vegetarian tacos or tostadas and can be accompanied with all the traditional fixings. We love to eat ours with some pico de gallo, black beans & spicy salsa verde.

If you want to have a traditional Mexican taco night, be sure to get yourself some corn tortillas and Queso Oaxaca.

Looking for some more recipes with Guajillo Chilis? Check out this one.

vegetarian tacos tinga style
Spaghetti Squash Tinga Style
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Spaghetti Squash Tinga Style is a vegetarian dish inspired by Pollo de Tinga. This Mexican inspired classic has deep flavors from Guajillo Chilis, onion and tomato and can be eaten with rice, on a taco or any way you wish! Spaghetti squash Tinga is a great alternative for vegetarian tacos or tostadas and can be accompanied with all the traditional fixings. We love to eat ours with some pico de gallo, black beans & spicy salsa verde.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
vegetarian tacos tinga style
Spaghetti Squash Tinga Style
Print Recipe
Spaghetti Squash Tinga Style is a vegetarian dish inspired by Pollo de Tinga. This Mexican inspired classic has deep flavors from Guajillo Chilis, onion and tomato and can be eaten with rice, on a taco or any way you wish! Spaghetti squash Tinga is a great alternative for vegetarian tacos or tostadas and can be accompanied with all the traditional fixings. We love to eat ours with some pico de gallo, black beans & spicy salsa verde.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Spaghetti Squash
  1. Half each spaghetti squash and drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper. Place on a baking sheet, face down, and roast in the oven at 450 for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Once squash is slightly soft, take out of the oven and let cool. Once completely cooled, use a fork to scrap the flesh out. The flesh will naturally come out in strings.
    spaghetti squash vegetarian tacos
Tinga Sauce
  1. Place dried chilies, cumin & coriander in a small pot with 2 cups of water. Let simmer for 20 minutes while squash cooks.
    guajillo chilis for Mexican tinga sauce
  2. Heat 3 T olive oil in a separate pot and add sliced onions in batches to caramelize. When caramelizing onions, be sure to cook in small batches. If the pot is too crowded or not hot enough, the onions will steam and not get brown. Continue cooking onions adding more as the previous batch is complete. Be sure to season each batch with salt and pepper.
  3. After chilies & spices have simmered, add to a blender or food processor with 4 tomatoes. Season with salt and blend until liquid. (I usually quarter the tomatoes before adding to the blender/processor.)
  4. Once your sauce is blended and onions are caramelized, pour your sauce into the onion pot and simmer 3-5 minutes. Stir occasionally and season with salt/pepper if necessary.
  5. Combine sauce, shredded squash and chopped cilantro together. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Be sure to season at every step and taste as you go!

This recipe is all about building and coaxing flavors, so slow and steady will always give you a more flavorful product.

Pro Tip for Timing:

  1. Put squash in the oven
  2. Put chilies and spices in the pot
  3. Cook your onions with the above is cooking
  4. Pull out your squash and turn off your chilies
  5. Blend your sauce & add to the onion pot
  6. While sauce is simmering, shred your squash with a fork

**Doing this recipe in those steps will make the different steps feel less overwhelming!

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Winter Squash Soup

Winter squash Soup

Getting a variety of Winter squash in the Fall months is my favorite! Winter squash keep outside the fridge for what seems like ever and are so great for adding some depth and warmth to any dish.

This Winter squash soup is very simple and fast AND like so many of The Connected Chef recipes, can be batch made and frozen for another week’s meal. I love working smarter, not harder. 🙂

This recipe uses Butternut Squash, but feel free to swap that out for any other Winter squash you have available. (Kabocha, Acorn, Carnival, Pumpkin, ect.)

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  You know what you like!

Check out some of our other One Pot Meals too!

Winter squash Soup

Winter Squash Soup

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This Winter squash soup is very simple and fast AND like so many of The Connected Chef recipes, can be batch made and frozen for another weeks meal. I love working smarter, not harder. 🙂

This recipe uses Butternut Squash, but feel free to swap that out for any other Winter squash you have available. (Kabocha, Acorn, Carnival, Pumpkin, ect.)

Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes

Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes

Winter squash Soup

Winter Squash Soup

Print Recipe

This Winter squash soup is very simple and fast AND like so many of The Connected Chef recipes, can be batch made and frozen for another weeks meal. I love working smarter, not harder. 🙂

This recipe uses Butternut Squash, but feel free to swap that out for any other Winter squash you have available. (Kabocha, Acorn, Carnival, Pumpkin, ect.)

Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes

Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes

Ingredients


Servings: people

Instructions
  1. Rough chop onions & garlic & set aside

  2. Rough chop squash & set aside

  3. Brown 1 stick of butter at the bottom of a stock/soup pot

  4. One butter is browned, add onions & garlic and season with salt & pepper. Let brown lightly.

  5. Add squash, sage, thyme & maple syrup and stir. Reseason.

  6. Let vegetables cook and soften slightly.
    Then, add your liquid (chicken/veggie stock or water).

  7. Allow the soup to simmer as the squash softens, about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally.

  8. Add milk and let cook for 5 minutes more.

  9. Blend soup in blender or food processor. Fee free to add more stock at this point if the soup is too thick.
    Once blended the soup can be strained through a fine mesh strainer if you'd like.

  10. Re-season & enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Ingredients to prep ahead: 

  • All vegetables can be prepped ahead of time
  • When storing precut veggies, be sure to store them in an airtight container. You can also store them together based on the stages that they are used in the recipes. (i.e. onions/garlic in 1 container, squash/herbs in a separate container)
  • Brown Butter can also be done ahead and stored in a mason jar or other air tight container - I actually love making a giant batch of brown butter and storing it in my fridge. It's a great flavor boost in so many recipes.

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