Spicy Acorn Squash

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Squash with sizzle…

Let’s deliver a little spark to a fall classic side. Spicy acorn squash mixes earthy, sweet, and spicy, and it’s a delicious result. Cinnamon and brown sugar provide the sweet, while chili powder and cayenne pepper light the fire. The cayenne is, of course, optional. If you are looking for a little warmth only, opt for chili powder and maybe a pinch of cayenne. But, if you’re like us – the cayenne is what makes this so fiery good. Adjust according to your heat tolerance.

Spicy Acorn Squash

Spicy Acorn Squash

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Halve the acorn squash and remove all seeds. Keep them halved, or quarter or slice them, depending on your preference.
  • Mix the spices (cayenne optional) in a bowl until fully combined.
  • Place the acorn squash on a foil-lined baking sheet, then sprinkle the spice mix over all of the squash pieces.
  • Place the squash in the oven and bake for 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.


Want less heat? Remove the cayenne, or only use 1/8 a teaspoon (a pinch).
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 15, 2020 to include new content.
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