Spaghetti Squash “Fideos” with Chipotle, Chorizo, Crema and Avocado

Fideos de Calabaza Espagueti al Chipotle con Chorizo, Crema y Aguacate
Servings: 6for dinner



Wrap each spaghetti squash half in plastic wrap, poke a couple of holes in the plastic, place in the microwave and cook at 100% power for 10 minutes, until the squash is soft. (My microwave has a rotating carousel; if yours doesn’t, you’ll need to rotate the squash every minute or so.) Remove and let cool, still wrapped, for 10 minutes. Remove the plastic and use a fork to scrape at the exposed insides, working in the direction of the “grain,” freeing the spaghetti-like strings into a bowl or deep plate.  Discard the skin.

In a very large (12-inch) skillet, cook the chorizo over medium heat, stirring to break up any clumps, until it is browned and done through, about 10 minutes.  Use a slotted spoon to scoop the chorizo into a small dish, leaving behind as much fat as possible. (You need about 2 tablespoons for the next step; if there’s not enough, supplement with vegetable oil.)

In a blender, combine the tomatoes, chipotle and canning sauce and blend until smooth.  Set the chorizo-cooking pan over medium heat, add the garlic and stir for a minute or so, until it releases its aroma, then pour in the tomato mixture.  Raise the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring almost constantly, until the mixture has darkened and thickened noticeably, 7 or 8 minutes.  Stir in the broth or water and bring to a simmer.  Taste and season with salt, usually ½ teaspoon depending on the saltiness of the broth. Add the spaghetti squash, stir carefully to coat it with the sauce, then stir in the crema (or one of its stand-ins) and half of the cheese. Transfer the fideos to a large pasta bowl and top with the remaining cheese and the reserved chorizo. Dot with the avocado, strew on some cilantro leaves if you have them and carry the bowl to the table—you’re ready to eat something pretty special.

Going Vegetarian: You can simply leave out the chorizo (and cook the sauce in vegetable oil) or you can replace it with a generous cup of diced zucchini or other summer squash.  Brown the squash in a little olive oil over medium-high heat, scoop it out as you would have the chorizo, and continue with the recipe, sprinkling the browned zucchini over the finished dish.


  1. This recipe is a keeper! Very tasty. I thought the 8 oz. of chorizo might be a bit overwhelming, but it wasn’t at all. The cilantro and avocado offset the chorizo and chipotle wonderfully. My wife gave it two solid thumbs up as well.

  2. I did a search for vegetarian recipes on your site and this recipe came up? It contains chorizo in the ingredients…not a meatless recipe.

  3. Thank you Rick Bayless et. all for an amazing recipe! Such amazing heat and depth of flavors from the chipoltles in adobo sauce added to the tomato base. Love the flavors and will add this to my arsenal of regular recipes. Thank you and miss you (and Xoco) from CA!

  4. I just made this for the third time. There we’re extra folk, so I chose a very large stripetti squash (hybrid of spaghetti and delicate), used nearly a pound of chorizo, and added a chopped tomato to the blender. Used manchengo cheese tonight, which was perfect. Just a wonderful dish.

  5. I’ve made this many times and everyone I’ve served it to asks for the recipe. We eat the leftovers as a breakfast meal tucking it into a corn tortilla along with a poached egg.

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