Taco-Stuffed Zucchini


These stuffed zucchini boats are filled with all your favorite taco ingredients like seasoned meat, cheese and avocado. They're perfect for a low-carb alternative on taco night or a great kid-friendly way to sneak in more vegetables.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 stuffed zucchini halves


  • 2 large zucchini

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil

  • ¾ pound lean ground beef

  • 1 medium tomato, chopped

  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 8 tablespoons shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce

  • 1 avocado, chopped

  • 4 tablespoons Pico de gallo


  1. Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise. Cut a thin slice off the bottoms so that each half sits flat. Scoop out the pulp, leaving a 1/4-inch shell. Chop the pulp.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, tomato, scallions, chili powder, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt and garlic powder. Cook, breaking the beef into small pieces, until no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the chopped pulp.

  3. Meanwhile, place the prepared zucchini halves in a microwave-safe dish; sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cover and microwave on High until tender-crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Uncover.

  4. Position rack in the upper third of the oven. Preheat broiler to high. Place the zucchini halves on a baking sheet. Divide the beef filling among the zucchini halves and sprinkle each half with 2 tablespoons cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes. Serve with lettuce, avocado and pico de gallo, if desired.


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

367 Calories
25g Fat
14g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 stuffed zucchini half
Calories 367
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Vitamin A 2626IU 53%
Vitamin C 43mg 48%
Folate 123mcg 31%
Sodium 659mg 29%
Calcium 185mg 14%
Iron 4mg 23%
Magnesium 78mg 18%
Potassium 1160mg 25%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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