47 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 1 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1

This spicy cheese and ground beef casserole can be used as a side dish or a main course! Any type of squash or ground meat may be used. For winter squash, you may want to pre-cook in the microwave before frying in butter to speed the process.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute squash in butter until tender, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

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  • In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, onion, and jalapeno, stirring until beef is evenly browned. Drain off grease. In a large bowl, mix together the squash, eggs, and mayonnaise. Stir in the ground beef mixture and Cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into a 9x13 inch baking dish, and sprinkle cracker crumbs evenly over the top.

  • Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until heated through, and the top is nicely browned.

Nutrition Facts

487 calories; 36.4 g total fat; 111 mg cholesterol; 508 mg sodium. 21.9 g carbohydrates; 18.4 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (38)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2003
I read the previous reviews and made a few changes based on what ppl were saying about it not having flavor. Instead of sauteing the squash in butter I cooked one slice of bacon in a non-stick pan first and then sauteed the squash in the bacon drippings. I also added a big pinch of ground thyme to the squash mixture. Instead of cooking the ground beef with jalapenos I stirred in a drained can of Rotel tomatoes after I mixed in the eggs and mayonaise. It was GREAT! Even my husband who does not like squash loved the casserole! (of course I didn't tell him it was in there!)
(22)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/12/2002
Needed something... I know! Flavor! Claims to be spicy NOT even! It sounded like it would be really tasty (love casseroles) but was very bland. Leftovers went straight to the trash. Won't make this again. Good dish for fussy kids bad dish for adults.
(5)
47 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 1 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2003
I read the previous reviews and made a few changes based on what ppl were saying about it not having flavor. Instead of sauteing the squash in butter I cooked one slice of bacon in a non-stick pan first and then sauteed the squash in the bacon drippings. I also added a big pinch of ground thyme to the squash mixture. Instead of cooking the ground beef with jalapenos I stirred in a drained can of Rotel tomatoes after I mixed in the eggs and mayonaise. It was GREAT! Even my husband who does not like squash loved the casserole! (of course I didn't tell him it was in there!)
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2002
Very good recipe for a bumper crop of zucchini squash. I didn't have mayonnaise but found sour cream worked well. The hot peppers gave the dish a nice spicy flavor.
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2002
This was better than delicious! I realized when preparing the recipe that I was out of mayonnaise so substituted with sour cream - then realized I didn't have ground beef and substituted with ground turkey - both were - and wonderful. My Beloved and I ate over half the entire casserole and have set plans to finish it off tonight.
(13)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2004
This was easy to make and very good. My husband loved it! It could use a tad more flavor but seasoning with a little salt and pepper will do the trick (and maybe garlic powder?). This is also a great Atkins/low-carb recipe -- the only thing I had to omit was the crackers from the top which I replaced with more cheddar cheese! A welcome change from your ordinary meat and noodles casserole.
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2003
This was the best squash casserole I have ever tasted. It was even a winner for those in my family who insist they don't like squash. And it is a terrific way to use up that bumper crop of squash from your garden. I bought disposable aluminum casseroles and made extras for the freezer too!
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
I have a finicky 14 year old daughter that will not eat vegetables so I am always trying to come up with creative ways to sneak them in. This worked. Instead of slicing the squashed I grated it in the food processor to make it even less noticeable. I also substituted 1 can of diced green chilies instead of the jalapeno's because my family doesn't like things too spicy.
(10)
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2004
Great recipe!. My 9 yr old loved it!. I did not have jalapenos so I added about 1 tsp thyme and 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning for a kick. Also added a little pepper/garlic salt. Also used panko instead of crackers and drizzled butter over them. Thanks Liz!
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2009
Can't eat spicy food? I made this recipe without the jalapenos using Italian-seasoned bread crumbs for the topping instead of crackers. I was afraid it might be too bland but it is now a new family favorite!
(5)
Rating: 1 stars
12/12/2002
Needed something... I know! Flavor! Claims to be spicy NOT even! It sounded like it would be really tasty (love casseroles) but was very bland. Leftovers went straight to the trash. Won't make this again. Good dish for fussy kids bad dish for adults.
(5)