Spaghetti Squash Cincinnati Chili

Discover the fusion of classic Cincinnati chili and the wholesome goodness of spaghetti squash in this unique and flavorful dish. Combining the hearty, spiced chili with the lightness of spaghetti squash creates a balanced and nutritious meal.

This recipe offers a delightful twist on traditional chili, perfect for those seeking a healthier alternative without compromising on taste.

Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serving Size

  • Serves 4


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 2-3 lbs)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (for garnish)
  • Chopped onions (for garnish)
  • Kidney beans, cooked (optional for garnish)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Brush the inside with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place cut-side down on a baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes or until tender.
  2. While the squash is roasting, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped onions and garlic, sautéing until translucent, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook, breaking it apart with a spoon, until browned and cooked through.
  4. Stir in tomato paste, diced tomatoes, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Once the squash is cooked and cool enough to handle, use a fork to scrape the flesh into spaghetti-like strands.
  6. To serve, place a portion of the spaghetti squash on a plate, top with the Cincinnati chili, and garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped onions, and kidney beans if desired.

Nutritional Info

NutrientPer Serving
Calories350 kcal
Protein26 g
Fat15 g
Carbohydrates30 g
Fiber6 g
Sodium470 mg

Enjoy this heartwarming and nutritious meal that seamlessly blends traditional chili flavors with the lightness of spaghetti squash!