Acorn Squash Pasilla Chile Queso Fundido

Appetizers, Fall, Quick and Easy, Thanksgiving

This post is about how cute we can be.

We. Are. Cute.

We’re so cute that we can Pinterest the shit out of any and everything. I will not lie to you: you can do this without putting everything in an acorn squash. You could simply add everything to a ramekin, baking dish or skillet. But if you wanted to, you can put it all in an acorn squash.

I doubled this recipe for you, asking that you buy two acorn squashes so that you can make these for more people. I used and ate only one and Billy and I crushed this by ourselves so feel free to double this recipe below.

Thanksgiving is two days away and I wanted to give you one more recipe that is

A: easy.
B: a crowd pleaser.
C: is perfect for hangry, annoying people who are pacing, waiting for dinner yet not cooking a single thing. EYE ROLL.

But we love them so here you go!!

Acorn Squash Pasilla Chile Queso Fundido

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  • 2 large acorn squash
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • Salt
  • 1 small shallot, peeled and minced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1 pasilla, halved and deseeded OR you can use 1 jalapeño (if you like spice)
  • Salt
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese or Oaxacan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced cilantro


  • You’re going to start by slice off the top of the acorn squash, taking off about 2 inches from the top. Peel the top and dice it up. I ended up about 1/2 cup of squash and that was the perfect amount. Slice off just enough from the bottom end so it can stand up nice and sturdy. Scoop out the seeds from the inside of the squash and discard. Place the squash on a parchment-lined baking sheet and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • To a small saucepan, set over medium heat, add the oil. When hot, add the squash and a pinch of salt. Allow to cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Next, add the shallot, garlic and pasilla chile. Cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • To the squash, add a spoonful of the chile/squash mixture and then top with a handful of cheese. Repeat this until you’ve worked your way through all of the cheese and squash filling. Press the cheese all the way down into the squash and add any more you can to the top—you want this to be cheesy!
  • Transfer to the oven to bake for 15 minutes. Remove it from the oven and using a teaspoon, give it a stir. (I know this sounds weird but you really need to do this so it’s all melty.) And then return it to the oven to bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Serve with chips or crackers. I topped mine with some cilantro and a squeeze of lime.


If you don’t want to serve this in a squash, you can add everything to a 8-inch baking dish and bake it up!
Serving: 4g
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  • Reply Kendra August 16, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Using the squash as the dish is such a wonderful idea!! I tried this recipe and it was amazing! Thank you so much for it!

  • Reply Nak December 1, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I can’t wait to make this! Literally typing in Whole Foods while cradling acorn squash.

    Is it possible to make this the night before a gathering and store overnight in the fridge? And reheat in the oven the day of? Or would you recommend waiting to make it the day of?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme December 1, 2017 at 6:06 pm


      You could assemble it (saute the squash and layer it with the cheese) and keep it in the fridge. Then all you have to do is bake it (for the first time, I wouldn’t recommend reheating it because the cheese might get funny) the night of your gathering!

  • Reply Lori November 25, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Well, I wish I’d read this a few days ago. Sounds delicious and it’s so cute!

  • Reply Becca November 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I want to eat this SO BADLY! (Also, I have a bunch of squash my neighbors grew me which are tiny and misshapen… do I get extra cute points?)

  • Reply Dina November 21, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Sooooo yummy!

  • Reply Tori// November 21, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Omg, incredible!!!! This is such a great holiday recipe! Have a great week, Adrianna

  • Reply Cara Strong November 20, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    The question is who WOULDN’T serve this in an adorable squash. Genius.

  • Reply Cara November 20, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    The question is who WOULDN’T serve this in an adorable squash. Genius.

  • Reply Laurel November 20, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Is the container squash soft enough to eat after only 25 min in the oven?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 20, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      uhh not really. You can get some from the sides but I don’t think it’s soft enough.