Taco Zucchini Boats Recipe

Taco Zucchini Boats Recipe

How To Make Taco Zucchini Boats

These taco zucchini boats make a healthier version of your favorite tacos made with roasted zucchini, ground turkey, and more flavorful fillings.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 45 minutes



  • 5mediumzucchini,stem trimmed, sliced into halves through the length
  • 2tbspolive oil,divided
  • ¾cupyellow onion,chopped
  • 1lb92% lean ground turkey
  • 2tspgarlic,minced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1tbspchili powder,preferably 1½ tsp regular, 1½ tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1tspcumin,ground
  • ½cuptomato sauce
  • ½cuplow-sodium chicken broth
  • ¾cupblack beans,drained and rinsed canned
  • 3tbspcilantro,minced, divided
  • 1tbsplime juice,fresh
  • cupsMexican cheese,shredded
  • 2mediumRoma tomatoes,diced

Optional toppings:

  • sour cream
  • Mexican hot sauce
  • red onion


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Using a spoon, scoop centers from zucchini while leaving a little over the ¼-inch rim to create boats.

  3. Place zucchini in two baking dishes, brush lightly with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and season lightly with salt.

  4. Roast in preheated oven until nearly tender, about 18 to 22 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, add onion and saute 2 minutes.

  6. Add ground turkey and garlic season with salt and pepper and cook, tossing and breaking up occasionally until just cooked through.

  7. Add in chili powder and cumin and cook and toss 20 seconds. 

  8. Stir in chicken broth, tomato sauce and black beans and bring to a simmer then reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer until sauce has reduced, about 5 minutes.

  9. Spoon in 2 tablespoons of cilantro and lime juice.

  10. Spoon turkey taco filling into roasted zucchini, sprinkle top with cheese then return to oven and and bake until cheese is melted and zucchini are tender, about 5 minutes longer.

  11. Sprinkle with tomatoes and remaining cilantro then serve immediately.


  • Calories: 484.43kcal
  • Fat: 25.22g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.38g
  • Trans Fat: 0.48g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 9.38g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.64g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.99g
  • Fiber: 8.55g
  • Sugar: 8.38g
  • Protein: 36.21g
  • Cholesterol: 96.26mg
  • Sodium: 1069.05mg
  • Calcium: 338.11mg
  • Potassium: 1438.80mg
  • Iron: 4.39mg
  • Vitamin A: 166.79µg
  • Vitamin C: 43.45mg
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