If you are like us and have a zucchini plant in your garden, you are probably looking for some creative ways to use up all that zucchini you have right now. So how about switching up your normal taco night with a healthy version of taco zucchini boats? These are a great way to get some taco-packed flavors in a healthy form and use that fresh zucchini in a creative way. Plus, you are getting a meal with fresh vegetables and all the toppings you like. It’s a win-win.
These can be ready to eat in about 30 minutes and you can top them with whatever goodies you’d like. We used ground beef seasoned with our taco seasoning, but you could use chicken or turkey for this recipe as well. We piled ours high with onions, tomato, avocado, cilantro and salsa, making them a pretty big mouthful. If you are patient and let them cool off for a minute after pulling them out of the oven, you can cut them into pieces to pick up and eat with your hands. That way you can get a good bite filled with all the taco meat and toppings.
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Now go make these simple and healthy taco zucchini boats!
- 1 large zucchini - cut in halves or quarters
- 1 lb ground beef (ground turkey or chicken would be good too)
- 1/2 yellow onion - diced
- 1/2 green pepper - diced
- Taco seasoning
- Taco toppings (avocado, diced tomatoes, onion, salsa, etc.- get crazy!)
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with foil.
Cut your zucchini in halves or quarters and scoop out the seeds to form a trough in the zucchini and set them aside on your baking sheet.
In a large cast iron or regular skillet over medium heat, add your ground beef to the pan to brown along with your onions.
Once the beef is almost cooked, add in the peppers and stir everything together.
Once the meat is cooked, fill up your zucchini boats with the meat mixture.
Place your baking sheet in the oven and bake for 18 minutes.
Remove from the oven and cool for a couple minutes, then plate your boats.
Load on the toppings and enjoy eating these healthy zucchini taco boats up!