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Baked Southwest Zucchini Boats Recipe

Baked Southwest Zucchini Boats

5 from 21 votes
Created by Mariam E.
A super delicious and healthy recipe that is low in carb, the zucchini boats are stuffed with a meat and veggies mixture that can be adapted with different kinds of proteins or made vegetarian based on your preference.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex
Servings 10 servings


  • 5 large zucchinis cut in half and cored
  • salt & fresh cracked pepper to sprinkle on the zucchini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil drizzle on zucchini
  • 1 cup shredded mexican cheese


  • 1 lb ground turkey or any meat
  • 1 small onion petite diced
  • 2 medium vine tomato or 4 plum tomatoes
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup corn
  • 3/4 cup black beans
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp taco or chili seasoning
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  • Prepare the stuffing ingredients and cut and core out the zucchinis as shown in the photos.
  • Place the zucchinis in a baking dish, drizzle some olive oil, add some salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes
  • In a large skillet, bring 1 tbsp. of olive oil to medium-high heat. Add in the onions and cook until they are tender. Add in the ground turkey, spices and salt. Cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the black beans, corn, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Mix and simmer on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  • Remove the zucchini dish from the oven and generously stuff them with the stuffing mixture. Top them with some shredded Mexican cheese and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove the dish from the oven and garnish with some fresh chopped parsley or cilantro. Serve with some lemon wedges and sour cream. (Optional)



Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 765mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1041IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 2mg
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