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Taco Baked Zucchini Boat Recipe

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Give taco night a new twist with this taco baked zucchini recipe! Turn ground turkey into a taco meat and fill zucchini, cover with cheese and bake 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

Tacos are an easy weeknight dinners.  A little ground meat, a little seasoning, tortillas, salsa, cheese and you are good to go. But the same old tacos in a shell or tortilla can get boring.  Instead, make these stuffed zucchini boats for a delicious, and healthy, twist on taco night. 

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

 

To make the taco zucchini boats, start with 3 or 4 small zucchini.  Save the large zucchini to make zucchini noodles.  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

Next, scoop out the most of the middle of the zucchini. You can use 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.

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You can use any ground meat you like to make the taco meat filling. You can use a store bought mix or a homemade taco mix. Make a batch of homemade seasoning and keep it for easy use.  You can saute the inside of the zucchini and add that to the meat, too. Beans are another delicious addition to the mix. 

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. Go ahead and fill those babies up! Let the meat spill over if you need to. You can put extra meat in between the boats if there is extra.

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 the taco zucchini boats with cheese. You can use any type of cheese. Cheddar, Monterrey jack or a Mexican blend work great. 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!  Baked zucchini boats recipe help add an extra helping of veggies to taco night, too. You can’t ask for much more than that for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

 

Yield: 6-8

Taco Baked Zucchini Recipe

Taco Baked Zucchini Recipe

Give taco night a new twist with this taco baked zucchini recipe! Turn ground turkey into a taco meat and fill zucchini, cover with cheese and bake for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. 

Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3-4 zucchini
  • 1 lb ground turkey (or any ground meat)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or homemade seasoning

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:)