{Whole30} Spicy Ground Beef and Butternut Squash

This dish of ground beef and butternut squash is spiced with nutmeg and cumin – will leave your kitchen smelling so warm and inviting and your tummy full and happy. 

There are times that even if you haven’t tasted the food or the combination of ingredients, you’d instantly thing that it’s weird. That’s what happened when I saw nutmeg and cumin a recipe. I am not a huge fan of cumin, but I am trying use it so I would be used to it. And nutmeg – I only use it for white sauce for pasta. The smell of nutmeg is kinda weird to me when I think of adding it to food. So nutmeg and cumin? Hmm, let me think about that! But you gotta try to see for yourself, right?

If you notice from the amount of serving I have written below, it’s 1-2. That is because I just wanted to try this recipe, especially the combination of cumin and nutmeg. I was doubtful at first, but I know I’d eat anything with butternut squash. I cannot explain how I liked the dish, but it was definitely good! It was a unique combination (at least for me) of everything, but I am happy that I tried it – so perfect for to add up to my collection of Whole30 recipes. And as I expected, I finished the dish in one go!

I am taking this with me at Fiesta Friday #179, hoping that my food buddies will love this. Thanks to our co-hosts, Petra @ Food Eat Love and Laura @ Feast Wisely. And of course, to our lovely Angie!

Spicy Ground Beef and Butternut Squash


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 250g ground beef
  • 1 cup peeled & chopped butternut squash
  • Parsley or coriander, to garnish*


  1. In a pan with medium heat, add in olive oil.
  2. Add onion and jalapeno and cook for about 5 minutes or until onions turn brown.
  3. Add in beef and cook until no longer pink.
  4. Add in powdered spices and mix to incorporate.
  5. Add in butternut squash and put the lid on. Cook until the butternut is cooked (about 8-10 minutes).
  6. Remove the lid and season with salt and pepper. Add in fresh herb.

Source recipe: Spicy Ground Beef and Butternut Squash by My Heart Beets


The source recipe calls for fresh sage, but I didn’t have any.

This serves from 1-2. You can double the recipe. 


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25 thoughts on “{Whole30} Spicy Ground Beef and Butternut Squash

  1. I use cumin a lot but nutmeg sparingly and only freshly grated! But I do put it in a lot of things. Sparingly but in a lot of things, does that make sense, lol 😂

    Oh, Jhuls, can you cohost this week with Tracey? Everybody else bailed on me! 😣

  2. I don’t think I have had cumin and nutmeg together in a dish before either but I like the sound of the ingredients you have used. Its nice to have a new idea for using minced beef. Thanks. #CookBlogShare

  3. What an interesting flavour combination. I use both cumin and nutmeg a lot but I don’t think I have ever used them together. Love squash so will have to try sometime. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare.

    Ps . You may have notice the #CookBlogShare is no longer showing properly in your side bar. If you delete and then copy and paste the new code it will start showing properly again.

  4. I have never tried cumin and nutmeg together ad it sounds intriguing. My mother used to buy ground cumin powder that I was never too keen on but whole cumin seeds are delicious. The recipe sounds just like my kind of food! 🙂 Happy FF!

  5. Sounds…um…interesting, lol! I think cumin can be strong and I often use a little less and I usually think of nutmeg in things like puddings or custards or baked goods. But you never know until you try right? You’ll have to stop by and see my Ice-cream cone cupcakes. I put a little something in the photo just for you. As I was making them and digging through my stepmom’s pantry I found them, and it made me laugh after our discussion the other day…:)

    1. Cumin and I should meet and talk more to each other so we could be good friends!😂 Hmm, I think I know what that is. I will take a look.👀 Thanks, Mollie!

  6. Happy Fiesta Friday Jhuls – I use both cumin and nutmeg in my standard garam masala spice blend to great success – but I guess they’re not as exposed there being mixed with other spices.

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