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Stuffed Zucchinis with Taco Filling | A healthy, gluten free dinner recipe for zucchinis filled with a beef or turkey taco filling.
5 from 4 votes

Mexican Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats

These stuffed zucchinis with taco filling are super light, low-carb and make an excellent lunch or dinner recipe for a busy week!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 boats
Calories 212 kcal
Author London


  • 4 zucchini squash about the same size
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. salt

Taco Filling:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 sweet onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 lb ground meat beef, turkey, or chicken
  • 2 Tbsp. homemade taco seasoning
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup salsa mild or medium
  • 1 cup shredded cheese divided, Cheddar or Mexican blend
  • Green onions or cilantro finely chopped (optional)


Preparing the Zucchini Boats:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut both the stem and the blossom ends off and slice each zucchini in half lengthwise.

  3. Scoop the seeds out using a spoon with a slightly sharp edge. Leave about 1/2-inch of zucchini around all sides.
  4. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil over all of the insides of the zucchini boats and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  5. Place zucchini flat-side down on a large baking sheet in a single layer and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Taco Filling:

  1. Saute chopped bell pepper, onion, salt, and pepper in 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add 1 cup of chopped zucchini flesh that was previously removed from the boats, and 2 cloves of crushed garlic. Continue sauteeing for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  3. Push vegetables to the side of the skillet and add ground meat. Cook for 7-10 minute or until meat is completely cooked through.
  4. Drain any excess liquid from the pan when meat is done cooking.
  5. Sprinkle in seasoning ingredients and add salsa. Stir to combine.
  6. Turn off heat and mix in 3/4 cup shredded cheese.
  7. Flip over all of the pre-baked zucchini boats so the hollow cavity is facing up.
  8. Fill all 8 zucchini boats with equal amounts of the ground meat taco filling mixture and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  9. Return the zucchini to the oven and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  10. Serve with chopped green onions or cilantro and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*This recipe can easily be made vegan.  Simply substitute 1 lb. of ground tofu for the meat and use your favorite vegan cheese blend!

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 671mg29%
Potassium 462mg13%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 1183IU24%
Vitamin C 40mg48%
Calcium 105mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.