Bacon Beef Butternut Squash


What an amazing and simple recipe this is.  A Butternut squash stuffed with Grass-fed ground beef, bacon and onions.  Then to “top” it off, caramelized onions in balsamic vinegar and it is heavenly.  Hope you enjoy as much as I did, since I ate the whole squash with everything else.  So let’s see, that means the Caveman ingested 2 Lbs of squash, 1 Lb of beef, and lots of onions.  Yep seems perfectly normal to me, and plus who cares, It tasted good and I ate it. Plus I needed it after the week I had (you’ll see below)

4.4 from 7 reviews
Bacon Beef Butternut Squash
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Serves: 4
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Cut squash in half and scrape out the seeds
  3. Place face down in a pyrex dish with 1/2 inch of hot water and cook for 30 minutes
  4. While its in the oven, cook the bacon in a pan until crispy, set aside and leave the bacon fat in the pan
  5. Add 2 of the sliced onions and celery to the pan and then add the beef
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste and your cinnamon
  7. Continue stirring until the beef is finished, remove from heat and place in a bowl
  8. Remove the squash from the oven, when you can handle it scrape out some of the guts, leaving ~1/4 inch of squash, add squash to bowl with meat
  9. Crumble your bacon and add that to the bowl as well
  10. Mix well and then stuff your squashes with the beef mixture and place back in the 350 degree oven for 20 minutes
  11. While your squash are baking, add your reserved onion to your sauté pan and cook them over low heat with your balsamic to caramelize them
  12. Remove squash from oven, top with caramelized onions and Enjoy

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  1. I didnt realize how much i was suffering by not eating this last night and packing it up for lunch for the week. This is close to evil.

  2. George-thinking of trying this tonight with the large yellow summer squash that’s taking over the garden! Do you think this recipe would work with this type of squash? What are your suggestions? Love your books and recipes! Have been paleo for about 7 months now and you have been an inspiration! Thank you!

  3. Made this last night and I was so excited to have it again today as leftovers! I added some extra spices because it’s fun to :)

  4. I made this recipe tonight and it was amazing! We just switched over to paleo in my household and this is definitely the best meal I have made so far! My fiance inhaled it. I will be sure to try some of your other recipes!

  5. Amazing recipe! Always a hit with whoever is lucky enough to get it.

    Try swapping the carmelised onions for fresh cilantro and soft goats cheese. Or do both!

    Keep up the great work!


  6. great recipe! i ended up having to bake the squash 50-60 minutes and had to caramelize the onions over medium heat but this recipe is awesome! my non-paleo husband fell in love. and so many leftovers! will make again and again!

  7. Made this last night and not sure what went wrong. I poured out more than half of the bacon fat b/c there was just SO much, then threw in the onions, etc. After all was said and done, the entire dish was still way too oily. I might throw the leftovers in a pan and try to fry off some more and/or make everything really crispy. It had nice flavor though!

  8. Is it necessary to add the water to the pyrex dish when you cook the squash? Of can you just roast it like we do Spaghetti squash?

  9. I just made this tonight but omitted the cinnamon (hubby not a fan) but it turned out perfect….super delicious, a great cold weather treat. Another good thing is I was able to use part of the ingredients before spices to make a healthy treat for our dog, and she loved it too!

  10. Delicious!! thank you for the dinner idea… I added some garlic salt (instead of regular), ground cloves and ground coriander but those are just the flavors I thought would go well with the recipe :)
    thanks again!

  11. I just made this but omitted the cinnamon completely and used ground turkey I had on hand- it was delicious! but i just have one question, Three tablespoons of cinnamon? That nearly a quarter cup, is that a typo?

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