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Chipotle & Garlic Taco Baked Zucchini Recipe

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Give taco night a new twist with this taco baked zucchini recipe! Turn ground turkey into a taco meat filling with McCormick Spice’s new skillet sauces.  Then fill zucchini, cover with cheese and bake for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Thanks to McCormick for sponsoring this post.

Taco baked zucchini recipe is stuffed with a ground turkey taco meat and topped with cheese. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner! |GrowingUpGabel.com

Tacos are one of my go to easy weeknight dinners.  A little ground meat, a little seasoning, tortillas, salsa, cheese and we’re good to go. But we all get a little bored with the same old same old so I decided to try a baked zucchini recipe for tacos.

Taco baked zucchini recipe is stuffed with a ground turkey taco meat and topped with cheese. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner! |GrowingUpGabel.com

 

Start with 3 or 4 small zucchini.  In the winter, zucchini are pretty small so plan on 1 whole zucchini per person.  You can get away with less in the summer when they are a little bit bigger.

Taco baked zucchini recipe is stuffed with a ground turkey taco meat and topped with cheese. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner! |GrowingUpGabel.com

I used a melon baller to scoop out the middle of the zucchini.  I got a little close to the edge on one of them, but don’t worry about it. The meat filling will cover it up.

Taco baked zucchini recipe is stuffed with a ground turkey taco meat and topped with cheese. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner! |GrowingUpGabel.com

You can use any ground meat you like to make the taco meat filling.  I used ground turkey and McCormick’s Taco with Garlic and Chipotle Skillet Sauce.  I meant to saute in the scooped out zucchini but forgot! You can add that too.

Taco baked zucchini recipe is stuffed with a ground turkey taco meat and topped with cheese. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner! |GrowingUpGabel.com

Once the meat is cooked, fill your zucchini. I way under filled mine and had left over meat.  Go ahead and fill those babies up! Let the meat spill over if you need to.

Taco baked zucchini recipe is stuffed with a ground turkey taco meat and topped with cheese. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner! |GrowingUpGabel.com

Finally, cover with cheese. I used a Monterrey jack but cheddar or a Mexican blend would work great, too.   Cover with foil and bake.

Taco baked zucchini recipe is stuffed with a ground turkey taco meat and topped with cheese. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner! |GrowingUpGabel.com

 

Everyone loved these – even the kids!  I usually find ground turkey to be really dry as taco meat, but the McCormick Skillet Sauce made the filling nice and saucy.  I love how this baked zucchini recipe helped add an extra helping of veggies to taco night, too.  Can’t ask for much more than that for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Taco baked zucchini recipe is stuffed with a ground turkey taco meat and topped with cheese. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner! |GrowingUpGabel.com

Yield: 6-8

Chipotle & Garlic Taco Baked Zucchini Recipe

Chipotle & Garlic Taco Baked Zucchini Recipe
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice zucchini lengthwise. Use a spoon or a melon baller to carefully scoop out the middles of the zucchini. Place zucchini halves in to a baking dish. Set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in ground meat and cook through, chopping to separate.
  4. Once meat is cooked through, add in McCormick skillet sauce. Stir and heat through. Remove from heat.
  5. Fill zucchini with the taco meat. Top with shredded cheese. Cover baking dish with foil. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the zucchini is fork tender. Serve.
 

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22 Comments
  • Miz Helen
    January 2, 2017

    We will really enjoy your delicious Chipotle & Garlic Taco Bake, it looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Wishing you a fantastic 2017!
    Miz Helen

  • the cape on the corner
    December 29, 2016

    this looks and sounds delicious. i am always looking for more ways to cook zucchini…now i need to buy a mellon baller!
    thanks for the inspiration,
    b

  • Janet Vinyard
    December 28, 2016

    Hi Camille, This recipe sounds delicious and one that I’ll save for summer when zucchini abounds! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    December 26, 2016

    Sounds really good – and great for us pre-diabetics! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

  • Lindsay Eidahl
    February 7, 2015

    These look so good and healthy! Thank you for sharing on Show Me Saturday! Pinning!

    • Camille
      February 11, 2015

      Thanks for hosting, Lindsay!

  • Jess
    February 7, 2015

    Ok this is super cute and creative, yum! Totally pinning xo

    • Camille
      February 11, 2015

      Thanks for pinning and for stopping by, Jess!

  • Ome Sanchez
    February 6, 2015

    This is literally what is for dinner tomorrow night! Cannot wait to try

  • Ome Sanchez
    February 6, 2015

    This is literally what is for dinner tomorrow! I can’t believe I’ve never thought of this. Thank you for sharing

  • Creative Mama Renee
    February 5, 2015

    This is so great! One of the ways that I can actually get my kids to eat zucchini is to stuff it with a meat mixture and cover it with cheese. Saving and adding to my dinnertime recipe collection!

  • Lysa
    February 5, 2015

    This is such a fabulously healthy version of tacos! I love it! 😉 Thank you for linking up to the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Linky Party!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Much love,
    Lysa xx
    Welcome to My Circus
    Co-Host OMHGWW

  • Rach D
    February 4, 2015

    I love this combo! The cheese on top just took it to a whole new level. I’m a sucka for anything with cheese 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing on this week’s Mom 2 Mom Link Up Party! Hope you come join us again soon 🙂

    Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

    • Camille
      February 4, 2015

      Cheese makes everything better!

  • Kaylene
    February 3, 2015

    These look awesome! We are harvesting lots of zucchinis at the moment so I will be trying this recipe out very soon!

    • Camille
      February 4, 2015

      Enjoy! I can’t wait for summer to get here so we have loads of zucchini, too!

  • Laura
    February 2, 2015

    These look so amazing! I’m totally making ’em!

    • Camille
      February 3, 2015

      I ate them for both lunch and dinner!!

  • Laura
    January 30, 2015

    What a hearty but healthy dinner! Looks delicious!

    • Camille
      February 3, 2015

      Very filling and I love sneaking in some veggies!

  • Scarlet
    January 29, 2015

    Easy and delicious! I love zucchini and those sauces are so convenient! Clever way of using it:)