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Taco-Filled Zucchini Boats

These delicious Taco-Filled Zucchini Boats are super simple to make utilizing either store-bought taco seasoning or an easy blend of homemade pantry spices. The choice is yours.

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The ingredient list:

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Why this recipe works?

  1. It only takes minutes to prepare.
  2. It’s loaded with great taco flavor.
  3. It’s low carb (if that’s important to you).
  4. It’s good for you.
  5. It’s a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies.
  6. It’s a fabulous way to use up garden fresh zucchini (in the peak of season) when you don’t know what else to do with it!
  7. Zucchini boats are a healthy alternative to corn or flour tortillas!

Can ground turkey meat be substituted for the ground beef?

Yep! I say go for it!!

Just be aware that the calorie count listed in the recipe card will be different using ground turkey than it is with ground beef.

Can these taco-suffed zucchini boats be made totally vegetarian?

Yes!

Just increase the amount of beans used and leave out the meat.

You may want to add other types of beans as well…kidney, navy, pinto, and even chickpeas will work wonderfully well.

Heat the rinsed and drained canned beans in a skillet along with the sauteed onions, spices, and seasonings, and then continue on with the recipe as written.

Can these be zucchini boats be frozen after cooking?

I’d say no (although I’ve not personally tried it).

Of course, you can freeze the cooked taco filling on its own, but freezing them as whole zucchini boats may not be the best option.

Due to the amount of water contained in the zucchini itself I think once thawed, the “boat” will take on too much water, making them a sinking, watery mess.

The step-by-step photo instructions:

To prepare the zucchini boats:

  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Slice the zucchini in half lenghtwise.
  • To make the zucchini boats stable, slice a small portion off the back of each “boat.”
  • Next, take a teaspoon to gently hollow out the center of each boat and discard.
  • Place the prepared zucchini boats on a baking sheet (I line mine with foil).
  • Drizzle each boat with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Roast them in the preheat oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a knife easily pierces the thickest part of the zucchini without resistance.

To make the taco filling:

  • Chop the onion into a medium dice.
  • Add the onion to a large skillet along with 1 tablespoon olive oil and saute over medium/high heat for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 pound of ground beef to the skillet and break into bits as it browns.
  • Add salt, pepper, ground cumin, smoked paprika, dried oregano, garlic powder, ground coriander and chili powder to the ground beef in the skillet. Stir and cook until the meat is no longer pink.
  • Add one can of drained and rinsed black beans to the taco filling and stir to combine.
  • Remove the cooked zucchini from the oven and (if desired) gently transfer the cooked zucchini to a 9 x 13 baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Liberally spoon all the taco filling over the prepared zucchini.
  • Top the zucchini boats with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese and return to the oven to cook for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, chop the scallions and tomatoes and once the taco-filled zucchini boats are out of the oven, top them with the chopped tomatoes and scallions.
  • Finish by topping the zucchini boats with crushed tortilla chips and serve hot.

Additional sweet and/or savory zucchini recipes:

*Zucchini Ricotta Cookies with Lemon and Blueberry (shown below)

Zucchini Ricotta Cookies are super soft, cake-like cookies with a light lemony flavor and a big burst of blueberry!

A baking sheet filled with Zucchini Ricotta Cookies that are drizzled with icing.

*Eggplant Zucchini Bread (not shown)

Yep, you read that right… Eggplant Zucchini Bread. It’s so moist and flavorful, AND it’s a great way to bump up the nutrition level of your next zucchini quick bread without anyone being the wiser.

*Italian Layered Zucchini Parmesan (shown below)

Layered Zucchini Parmesan has all the flavors you love about pizza or lasagna but without all those annoying carbs to weigh you down.

Layered zucchini parmesan on a white scalloped plate with a skillet in the background and an orange napkin.

*Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Pancakes (not shown)

Spaghetti squash and zucchini pancakes are so good that you’ll forget they’re good for you! You’re going to love these savory vegetable pancakes!!

*Taco-Filled Zucchini Boats (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

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Taco-Filled Zucchini Boats

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
These delicious Taco-Filled Zucchini Boats are super simple to make utilizing either store-bought taco seasoning or an easy blend of homemade pantry spices.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course budget main course, Easy Main Course
Servings 6 servings
Calories 315 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the zucchini boats:

  • 3 medium zucchini halved lenghtwise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

For the taco filling:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped (approximately 1 cup)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • ½ cup crushed tortilla chips optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees Fahrenheit

To prepare the zucchini boats:

  • Slice the zucchini in half lenghtwise.
  • To make the zucchini boats stable, slice a small portion off the back of each “boat.”
  • Next, take a teaspoon to gently hollow out a small center portion of each boat, and discard.
  • Place the prepared zucchini boats on a baking sheet (I line mine with foil).
  • Drizzle each boat with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Roast them in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a knife easily pierces the thickest part of the zucchini without resistance.
  • Chop the onion into medium dice.

To prepare the taco filling:

  • Add the onion to a large skillet along with 1 tablespoon olive oil and saute over medium/high heat for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 pound of ground beef to the skillet and break into bits as it browns.
  • Add salt, pepper, ground cumin, smoked paprika, dried oregano, garlic powder, ground coriander, and chili powder to the ground beef in the skillet. Stir and cook until the meat is no longer pink.
  • Add one can of drained and rinsed black beans to the taco filling and stir to combine.
  • Remove the cooked zucchini from the oven and (if desired) gently transfer the cooked zucchini to a 9 x 13 baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Liberally spoon all the taco filling over the prepared zucchini.
  • Top the zucchini boats with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese and return to the oven to cook for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, chop the scallions and tomatoes and once the taco-filled zucchini boats are out of the oven, top them with the chopped tomatoes and scallions.
  • Finish by topping the zucchini boats with crushed tortilla chips (if desired) and serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 315kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 23gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 945mgPotassium: 677mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 776IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 207mgIron: 3mg
Keyword savory zucchini recipes, taco zucchini boats, taco-filled zucchini boats, zucchini boats filled with tacos
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Recipe Rating




Beth

Thursday 5th of August 2021

My life just got super busy with my kids going back to school so I am always on the hunt for quick prep dinner ideas and this is now my new favorite recipe! 10 min prep is just what I'm looking for! And I'm a huge fan of smoked paprika - yum!

Renée

Saturday 7th of August 2021

I use smoked paprika as often as I can. I'm a huge fan of the flavor. Glad you like it also, Beth. Thanks for the rating and sweet comment! Renee

Lisalia

Wednesday 4th of August 2021

My family loved this recipe for dinner! I'm going to keep making it all month long as my garden is overflowing with zucchini. By far our favorite way to eat zucchini... and way healthier than cake-like zucchini bread. SO SO GOOD!

Renée

Saturday 7th of August 2021

I'm thrilled you like this recipe so much, Lisalia! It's a favorite here too. Enjoy! Renee