Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats

These easy, cheesy Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a great meal option if you’re looking to enjoy a healthy, low-carb Taco Tuesday and are also a delicious way to ensure your family gets an extra dose of vegetables! Only 165 calories per boat!

Each zucchini boat is loaded with flavorful ground beef, seasoned to taco perfection and topped with melted cheese, avocado, tomatoes, and plain greek yogurt.

Guarantee you will love this recipe!

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats - a delicious, healthy and low-carb way to indulge in Taco Tuesday without the guilt. Filled with delicious taco flavors - I guarantee you won't miss the tortilla! #lowcarb #tacotuesday #zucchiniboats | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

TACO LOVERS

One thing I will never deny is how much I love anything taco related. If you follow me on Instagram, you are more than likely nodding your head in agreement. Naturally, it’s still a “new year” to me and my husband. We told ourselves that we would do our best to get back on track and stay on track after the holidays derailed us. We enjoyed ourselves, but still made time for the gym. All about balance, right?

Which is what makes this recipe so amazing! You can indulge in having taco’s for dinner, but still keep it relatively healthy by using zucchini rather than tortilla chips or shells. Don’t get me wrong, I envisioned a few bites within a taco shell. It helps when you’re longing for your local Mexican takeout. HA! 🙂

If you have tried my Loaded Skinny Taco Flatbread Pizza or my Chicken Taco Lettuce Wraps, then you will love this recipe, too!

INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR THESE BOATS

  • Ground beef – can sub with ground turkey or chicken
  • Onion – red, yellow or white
  • Cheese
  • Zucchinis
  • Salsa – your favorite kind
  • Green chiles
  • Seasonings: chili powder, onion powder, dried oregano, smoked paprika, ground cumin
  • Cheddar cheese – or cheese of choice
  • Limes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garnishments: diced avocado, diced tomatoes, plain greek yogurt, freshly chopped cilantro

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats - a delicious, healthy and low-carb way to indulge in Taco Tuesday without the guilt. Filled with delicious taco flavors - I guarantee you won't miss the tortilla! #lowcarb #tacotuesday #zucchiniboats | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

HOW TO MAKE THESE TACO STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATS

Full recipe with directions can be found in the paintable recipe card below! 🙂

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise and hollow out the center of each using a small spoon.
  3. Place a large nonstick pan over medium heat with olive oil. Sauté onions and garlic. Add the ground beef and break it into very small crumbles as it browns. Season and continue cooking.
  4. Add green chilis and your favorite salsa.
  5. Divide the taco filling among the zucchini boats, pressing down firmly, filling from one edge to the other.
  6. Sprinkle cheese overtop, cover, and bake 20-25 minutes.
  7. Garnish with chopped tomatoes, avocado, plain greek yogurt, and freshly chopped cilantro. A fresh squeeze of lime juice is lovely, too!

COOKING TIPS

  • I recommend scoring (cutting lines into the surface of) the centers of the zucchinis prior to scooping. I find that this helps to make hollowing them out easier, as well as to avoid tearing the zucchini apart in the scooping process.
  • It’s easier to stuff the boats if the ground beef/meat is broke down into very small crumbles.
  • Firmly press down on the beef mixture after you stuff each one from end to end. It’s ok if they are heaping. Then it’s ‘loaded zucchini nachos’, right? HA!
  • Cut back on time crumbling the ground beef. Score the meat with a knife while it is still in its packaging (plastic removed, obviously). This way it is partially broken up.
  • Freshly grated cheese melted SO much nicer than pre-shredded!
  • PULP: You can add the chopped pulp to the beef mixture while it is cooking. Add it after you sauté the onions and allow it to cook down. The pulp may release water. Simply drain or soak up with a paper towel. OR you can place it in a freezer-safe bag and save it to add to a smoothie! You won’t even taste it!

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats - a delicious, healthy and low-carb way to indulge in Taco Tuesday without the guilt. Filled with delicious taco flavors - I guarantee you won't miss the tortilla! #lowcarb #tacotuesday #zucchiniboats | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

MORE TACO TUESDAY RECIPES TO TRY

  1. Skinny Taco Salad – Meal Prep
  2. Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  3. Easy Instant Pot Chicken Taco Soup
  4. Simple Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
  5. Southwest Style Sweet Potato Taco Lettuce Wraps



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Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats

5 from 1 vote
A delicious and easy way to indulge in taco night while staying low-carb, as well as add a few extra vegetables into your diet! Guaranteed to be a new family favorite.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Taco, Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats, Taco Tuesday, Zucchini
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 boats
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Samantha Buckner

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sized zucchini
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion, (or sub with white or yellow onion)
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic, (3 cloves)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, (or regular)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, (more or less, to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, (more or less, to taste)
  • 1/4 cup salsa, (your favorite kind)
  • 4 oz can diced green chiles
  • 1 medium lime, (sliced)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, (freshly grated)

Garnishement Recommendations:

  • freshly chopped cilantro
  • lime wedges
  • diced cherry tomatoes
  • diced avocado
  • plain greek yogurt

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Trim the ends off the zucchini. Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the centers, leaving approximately 1/2-inch shell. Place each boat into a 9x13 inch baking dish, cut-side up.
  • Place a large nonstick pan over medium heat with the olive oil. Once heated, add the chopped onions and sauté 3-4 minutes, or until translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook 30 seconds, stirring.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Season with chili powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir to thoroughly mix.
  • Add salsa and diced green chiles. Stir to combine. Taste test and adjust seasonings, to taste, such as salt and pepper.
  • Spoon the beef mixture into each zucchini boat, pressing down to fill each one from end to end. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and a fresh squeeze of lime juice. Cover and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the zucchini is fork-tender.
  • Remove and garnish with diced tomatoes, avocados, chopped cilantro, and plain greek yogurt. Or your favorite taco toppings!

Notes:

COOKING TIPS

  • I recommend scoring (cutting lines into the surface of) the centers of the zucchinis prior to scooping. I find that this helps to make hollowing them out easier, as well as to avoid tearing the zucchini apart in the scooping process.
  • It's easier to stuff the boats if the ground beef/meat is broke down into very small crumbles.
  • Firmly press down on the beef mixture after you stuff each one from end to end. It's ok if they are heaping. Then it's 'loaded zucchini nachos', right? HA!
  • Cut back on time crumbling the ground beef. Score the meat with a knife while it is still in its packaging (plastic removed, obviously). This way it is partially broken up.
  • Freshly grated cheese melted SO much nicer than pre-shredded!
  • PULP: You can add the chopped pulp to the beef mixture while it is cooking. Add it after you sauté the onions and allow it to cook down. The pulp may release water. Simply drain or soak up with a paper towel. OR you can place it in a freezer-safe bag and save it to add to a smoothie! You won't even taste it!
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NUTRITION:

Nutrition Facts
Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Amount Per Serving (1 zucchini boat)
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 411mg 17%
Potassium 312mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 13%
Vitamin C 28.7%
Calcium 11%
Iron 19.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats - a delicious, healthy and low-carb way to indulge in Taco Tuesday without the guilt. Filled with delicious taco flavors - I guarantee you won't miss the tortilla! #lowcarb #tacotuesday #zucchiniboats | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats - a delicious, healthy and low-carb way to indulge in Taco Tuesday without the guilt. Filled with delicious taco flavors - I guarantee you won't miss the tortilla! #lowcarb #tacotuesday #zucchiniboats | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com
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