These keto Taco Zucchini boats are made with fresh zucchini stuffed with seasoned ground beef, bell peppers, and topped with cheese and a spicy salsa.

low carb Taco Zucchini Boats

Taco Zucchini Boats

Taco Zucchini Boats are one of those low carb, keto recipes that everyone in the house will love whether they are watching their carbs or not. It’s a great way to use up all of that amazing summer zucchini (though we eat it year round in my house!), sneak some veggies into a family meal, and get all of those take flavors you love without ever missing that crunchy shell.

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What is in Taco Zucchini Boats?

  • Zucchini
  • Ground Beef
  • Bell peppers
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Salsa

baked Taco Zucchini Boats

How to Make Taco Zucchini Boats:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Prepare your zucchini by trimming off the stem end. To do this I just gently round the end of the zucchini with a knife, removing the stem. Then cut each zucchini in half length-wise. Use a measuring spoon (teaspoon) to hollow out the zucchini forming a boat. Note: You can also just trim the ends with a straight cut I just like to keep the rounded so nothing spills out the end when I fill the boats. 
  3. Place the zucchini boats in a greased baking dish and sprinkle a small amount of salt over them. 
  4. In a skillet over medium heat brown the ground beef.
  5. Add bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, salt, and ¼ cup of water to the ground beef. Continue to cook until vegetables are softened and water has been absorbed. 
  6. Once the beef mixture is ready fill each zucchini boat with the beef and vegetable mixture.
  7. Top the zucchini boats with cheddar cheese.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until zucchini has softened and cheese is melted.
  9. Pour salsa over boats before serving. You can also add a little sour cream to each if you like!

keto Taco Zucchini Boats

Can You Make Zucchini Boats Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can make these up to 2 days ahead of time. Follow all of the instructions up to step 6, filling the boats. After each one is stuffed cover tightly (or store in an airtight container and put the back in the casserole dish before baking). When you are ready to cook them just sprinkle the cheese on top and bake.

This may take slightly longer since they will be cold but just keep an eye on them and use a fork to test when the zucchini has softened.

Alternatively I bake mine and then keep the leftovers in the refrigerator to heat up for a quick lunch during the week. They reheat great!

Can You Freeze Zucchini Boats?

I don’t recommend freezing zucchini boats because zucchini gets mushy when it is frozen and reheated. You can make the filling ahead of time and keep it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Then all you have to do is prepare the zucchini, spoon the thawed out filling into each one, top with cheese, and bake!

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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins

Taco Zucchini Boats

These keto Taco Zucchini boats are made with fresh zucchini stuffed with seasoned ground beef, bell peppers, and topped with cheese and a spicy salsa.
low carb Taco Zucchini Boats
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5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 Zucchini
  • 1 pound Ground beef
  • ½ cup Bell Peppers, mixed Red & Yellow, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 8 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Salsa

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Prepare your zucchini by trimming off the stem end. To do this I just gently round the end of the zucchini with a knife, removing the stem. Then cut each zucchini in half length-wise. Use a measuring spoon (teaspoon) to hollow out the zucchini forming a boat.
  • Place the zucchini boats in a greased baking dish and sprinkle a small amount of salt over them.
  • In a skillet over medium high heat brown the ground beef.
  • Add bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, salt, and ¼ cup of water to the ground beef. Continue to cook until vegetables are softened and water has been absorbed.
  • Once the beef mixture is ready fill each zucchini boat with the beef and vegetable mixture.
  • Top the zucchini boats with cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until zucchini has softened and cheese is melted.
  • Pour salsa over boats before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1boat, Calories: 242kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 482mg, Potassium: 301mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 108%, Vitamin C: 47%, Calcium: 218%, Iron: 8%
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: keto dinner recipe, low carb dinner recipe, low carb taco, zucchini boats, zucchini recipe

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This post was originally published on June 4, 2015. It was republished on July 15, 2019 with slightly updated recipe and new photos.