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Taco Zucchini Boats

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Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a low carb and healthier alternative for taco night. Lean ground beef with homemade taco seasoning is stuffed into hollowed out zucchini and topped with melted cheese.

It’s fast, easy and makes a delicious meal.
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With just a few more days left until Christmas, I am trying my best to still eat healthy for the next few days. These taco stuffed zucchini boats really hit the spot. Even Mr. K loved them and he usually isn’t a fan of zucchini. Most of the zucchini taste is masked with the flavorful taco meat. The zucchini is also quite sturdy even after it’s cooked, making it a great vehicle for the taco stuffing.
step by step photos showing how to prep the zucchini and how to stuff them with the filling

Mr. K and I actually made these together for lunch before finally putting up and decorating our tree. It’s finally starting to look like Christmas! I can’t wait to try other types of stuffing for these zucchini boats.
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Taco Zucchini Boats

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
A healthier and low carb solution to taco night. Lean ground beef with homemade taco seasoning is stuffed into hollowed out zucchini and topped with melted cheese.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1 lb lean ground beef I used 98% lean
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 scallions finely chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Wash and dry zucchini and cut off ends. Slice zucchini in half, lengthwise. Use a spoon to hollow out zucchini, leaving a 1/4 inch inch shell (1/4 inch around the edges and the bottom). You can save the hollowed out zucchini chunks for another recipe or add some into your taco meat mixture. Place zucchini into a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, add cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, salt, and oregano. Mix together.
  • In a large skillet, add ground beef and onions. Bring to medium high heat and cook until meat is nearly done. Sprinkle with seasoning mix. Continue to cook until meat is no longer pink. Stir in the salsa.
  • Fill zucchini with taco meat mixture. Place into oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until zucchini is just cooked. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Sprinkle cheese over zucchini. Place back into oven and cook an additional 5 minutes, so cheese is melted over the zucchini boats. Sprinkle scallions over zucchini before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1zucchini boat, Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 5.9g, Protein: 16.5g, Fat: 5.8g, Saturated Fat: 2.9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1.7g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 44.4mg, Sodium: 361mg, Fiber: 1.8g, Sugar: 3.4g, Vitamin A: 200IU, Vitamin C: 28.1mg, Calcium: 110mg, Iron: 2.2mg, Net Carbs: 4g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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8 comments on “Taco Zucchini Boats”

  1. What a neat and healthy way to serve tacos!

  2. I love this recipe, I’ve made it several times, I add black beans, cilantro and hot peppers to jazz it up. Everyone loves it!!

  3. It took longer then 10mins to cook the first time, more like 30 mins to soften Zucchini, then add the cheese and I added some low sugar tomato sauce to the bottom, But how do you hollow out the Zucchini without breaking it.. I had a hard time. 

    thanks

    Jeannie 

    • I’m really surprised it took your zucchini that long to cook. When I roast zucchini, it only takes 10-15 minutes. I wonder if your zucchini was larger or maybe a different type? Also I just use a spoon and scrape across to hollow. The inside usually comes out easily. Are you working with a different garden type zucchini than the typical ones sold in the grocery store?

  4. This was so yummy! I mixed in peppers and black bean salsa into my ground beef. 
    Had to cool the zucchini for about 30 mins to get it nice and soft. 

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