Zucchini Boat Tacos


Seasoning Ingredients

  • 2 T. olive oil

  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 sweet onion, finely chopped

  • ½ t. salt

  • ¼ t. pepper

  • 1 lb. ground meat (beef, turkey, venison, etc.)

  • 1 T. cumin

  • ½ t. paprika

  • ½ t. garlic powder

  • ½ t. chili powder

  • ½ t. salt

  • ¼ t. pepper

  • ¼ t. cayenne pepper


  • 2 c. mixed cheeses, divided (Cheddar, Colby Jack, Mozzarella, etc.)

  • 4-5 Zucchini, ends cut off, cut in half lengthwise and insides scooped out

  • Green onions, chopped (optional)



Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Sautée bell pepper, onion, ½ t. salt and ¼ t. pepper in butter for 3-5 minutes over medium heat in a large pan.

Combine seasoning ingredients in a small bowl.

Add ground meat and continue cooking for an additional 7-10 minutes.

When meat is almost done cooking, drain liquid from pan and add seasoning ingredients. Continue cooking until meat is completely cooked through.

Turn off heat and mix in 1 ½ c. mixed cheeses.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place zucchini boats on it (cut-side up).

Drizzle a bit of olive oil and sprinkle salt on the inside of each boat, for seasoning.

Scoop even amounts of meat mixture into the 8-10 zucchini boats.

Cover boats with a sheet of aluminum foil and cook for 15 minutes.

Remove aluminum foil and continue cooking an additional 10-15 minutes, or until zucchinis are completely cooked.

Top each boat with about a tablespoon of cheese and return to oven for 1-2 more minutes to melt cheese. Serve with chopped onions and enjoy!