Spicy Maple Turkey With Acorn Squash is a sweet and spicy twist on traditional turkey. A simple, bright red marinade bastes the turkey with subtle spice and lots of maple-garlic flavor. Upgrade your turkey with this Spicy Maple Turkey With Acorn Squash and it may just become a new family favorite!

Whether you’re entertaining for the holidays or just feeding your family, getting dinner on the table shouldn’t be complicated. Our Spicy Maple Turkey recipe roasts up a delicious autumn-inspired dinner all in one pan. We used an adobe-spiced, maple-sweetened sauce for basting the turkey, producing crispy skin on the outside while keeping the meat juicy and tender on the inside. Sliced acorn squash and purple onions are nestled beside the turkey for a flavorful all-in-one dinner. There’s so much to love about this crowd pleasing meal!

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Spicy Maple Turkey with Acorn Squash

Serves 8-10     adjust servings

A simple, bright red marinade which bastes the turkey with subtle spice and lots of maple-garlic flavor. Upgrade your traditional turkey for this one, and it may just become a new family favorite!


  • 1 (20 lb) thawed whole turkey
  • 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 acorn squash, sliced into 1” pieces, seeds removed
  • 2 purple onion, wedges
  • 3 garlic bulbs, halved
  • 4 lemons, halved
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp garlic puree
  • 1 Tbsp Hungarian paprika


Heat oven to 275°F.
Place turkey in a GoodCook Jumbo Roaster. Surround with squash, onions, garlic and lemons. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp olive oil.
Remove large peppers from adobo sauce. Save peppers for another use. Mix together adobo sauce, maple syrup, garlic, paprika and 2 Tbsp olive oil. Baste turkey and veggies with sauce.
Tent aluminum foil over turkey and cook 10 minutes per pound.
Increase temperature to 375°F, remove foil. Baste every 30 minutes, cooking until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (this will take 1-2 additional hours).
Remove from oven and allow to cool until you’re ready to carve.

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