Stuffed Zucchinis with Taco Filling

Prep Time: 20 minutes  Cook Time: 40 minutes  Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 servings   Serving Size: 2 zucchini boats

Ingredients

    • 2 T. butter or 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.)
Seasoning Ingredients
  • 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 Zucchinis, ends cut off, cut in half lengthwise and insides scooped out
  • Green onions, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Sautée bell pepper, onion, ½ t. salt and ¼ t. pepper in butter for 3-5 minutes over medium heat in a large pan.
  3. Combine seasoning ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Add ground meat and continue cooking for an additional 7-10 minutes.
  5. When meat is almost done cooking, drain liquid from pan and add seasoning ingredients. Continue cooking until meat is completely cooked through.
  6. Turn off heat and mix in 1 ½ c. mixed cheeses.
  7. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place zucchini boats on it (cut-side up).
  8. Drizzle a bit of olive oil and sprinkle salt on the inside of each boat, for seasoning.
  9. Scoop even amounts of meat mixture into the 8-10 zucchini boats.
  10. Cover boats with a sheet of aluminum foil and cook for 15 minutes.
  11. Remove aluminum foil and continue cooking an additional 10-15 minutes, or until zucchinis are completely cooked.
  12. 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!

Here are some variations that you can try for the Stuffed Zucchinis with Taco Filling:

  • Use ground venison, turkey, chicken or even tofu instead of the beef.
  • Pick leaner meats for an even lighter and healthy recipe
  • If you want your zucchini filling to be a little spicier, try adding roasted jalapenos to the taco filling.
  • Don’t like cheese or have a lactose intolerance?  Substitute it for dairy-free or vegan cheese!

 

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