Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
65mins
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Recipe by Administrator
Published on February 12, 2024

These Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a tasty and healthy alternative to traditional tacos. The zucchini serves as a flavorful vessel for a mixture of seasoned ground beef, black beans, corn, and cheese. Topped with salsa and sour cream, these boats are sure to be a hit at your next dinner party or family meal. They are easy to make and customizable to fit your taste preferences.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and flesh, leaving about 1/4-inch shell. Reserve the flesh for later use.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until browned and cooked through. Drain excess fat.
  4. Add the diced onion and minced garlic to the skillet with the ground beef. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  5. Stir in the chili powder, ground cumin, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes, until the spices are fragrant.
  6. Add the reserved zucchini flesh, black beans, and corn to the skillet. Cook for 5 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
  7. Remove the skillet from heat. Stir in half of the shredded cheese and chopped cilantro.
  8. Spoon the ground beef mixture into the hollowed-out zucchini boats. Place the boats in a baking dish.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender and the filling is heated through.
  10. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top of each boat. Return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  11. Serve the Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats hot, with salsa and sour cream on top. Enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Zucchini is low in calories and high in fiber, making it a great choice for a healthy meal.
  • You can use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef for a leaner option.
  • Feel free to add your favorite taco toppings, such as diced tomatoes, sliced black olives, or avocado slices.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheated in the microwave or oven.