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.

4.2 from 11 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 ½ 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. Made this tonight, it was so good. Loved the balsamic onions. Didnt have celery so added mushrooms. Not a big fan of cinnamon so used garlic and oregano. Thanks for the recipe

  2. I tried this delicious recipe and was heavenly. Next time I will use a teaspoon of cinnamon instead of a tablespoon since my family thought it was overpowering and top it with baked onions instead of caramelized for a crunchy texture since the bacon lost its in the mixture. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Happy fall.

  3. Made this tonight for my two cavemen. I have a feeling they never tried a butter squash… It just doesn’t look like a manly veg.
    I also made it with turkey (+2tbsp of steak sauce)… Not than man-ly like.
    The verdict: they love it! Ate it all up and wanted more. This dish is fantastic! Thank you George!

  4. I personally do not like balsamic vinegar, so I caramelized all the onions in the bacon fat and Liquid (hickory) smoke before adding the beef. Then when making the boats, wrapped them in foil an put them on the grill for the last 20-30 minutes. It was a hit! Thank you for coming up with a very good recipe, and for humbly receiving our tweeks in these posts.

  5. 30 minutes and 20 minutes was not enough to fully soften the butter nut. I’d go at least 45 on the first round and 30 on the second next time. I’d also go with more bacon next time.

    1. I totally agree. I doubled the time for the first roast and still the squash was hard. Next time I will use foil to keep the heat in.

  6. This wasn’t terrible but I have to be honest, I was not a big fan. The cinnamon really threw me off. I’m not a picky eater and if you like trying different things then give this one a shot. I didn’t care for the flavor so I ended up adding garlic powder.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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 :)

  10. 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!

  11. 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!


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