***"Chorizo" is both a Mexican, and Spanish (Portuguese) sausage, and varies in style depending on which kind you use. (It is traditionally a variation of a fresh cured and smoked, pork sausage made with either dried smoked red peppers, or chili peppers.) If you can't find Chorizo sausage, simply purchase any style of pork sausage as a replacement, and add additional Paprika, chili powder, and/or chilis to "spice it up"!
Yields: 6 servings
3 Acorn Squash (Each cut in half, with seeds removed.)
Salt & Pepper
1# Chorizo Sausage- sliced (Or any ground meat of your choice)
1 cup cooked black beans
1 cup cooked corn
1/4 cup diced mixed peppers (green, red, yellow, etc.)
1/2 cup shredded cheese (Cheddar, Colby Jack, Mexican variety, etc.)
Dash each of: Cinnamon, Cumin, & Chili Powder
**Optional: Sliced Scallions or chopped Cilantro
Preheat oven at 350F
1) On a foil lined sheet tray, place the 6 halves of Acorn Squash. Lightly brush on some oil all over the inside, (hallowed out center), and flesh portion. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Place in the oven at 350F, and bake for about 45min., or until cooked all the way. (You can test with a fork or knife for tenderness.) Remove from the oven.
2) In a pan, cook the chorizo and peppers on medium heat. Remove from heat once the meat is cooked. Add in the corn, beans, and spices, and mix well. **You can either add the cheese into the mixture as well, or add on top in the last 5min. of baking.
3) Scoop the mixture into the hallowed out centers- dividing it between all 6 halves of the cooked Acorn squash.
Bake (covered loosely with foil) at 350F for about 15min. **If melting cheese on top, remove after 10min. of baking, add the cheese, and return to oven uncovered for about 5min. Remove from oven, garnish with chopped scallions or cilantro if you wish, and serve hot!