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Taco Zucchini Boats

A budget-friendly and Paleo-friendly meal!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheap paleo dinners, taco zucchini boats
Servings: 4 servings


  • 4 large zucchini
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 3/4 lb. ground beef, browned
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 small red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sliced green onion, chopped cilantro, as optional garnish
  • Fresh fruit, as side dish (we had watermelon...and Cuatro came up with an interesting way to eat it!)


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Bring a pot of water to boiling. Slice the zucchini, lengthwise and then drop into the boiling water for 2 minutes. Remove carefully with tongs and place on towel to dry. Add the salsa to the bottom of a 9x13-inch glass baking dish and nestle the zucchini into the dish.
  • If necessary, brown the ground beef with the minced onion and garlic powder. Drain and return to the pan. Stir in the tomato sauce, diced bell pepper, chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and some salt and pepper. Bring to simmer, then remove from heat.
  • Once the zucchini has cooled some, use a spoon or melon baller to remove the insides of the zucchini. (You can save it to use for zucchini bread or muffins. Just run your knife through it to make it seem 'shredded' and then let it cool before freezing to use for bread/muffins.)
  • Spoon the taco meat into the zucchini and bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes.
  • Prepare the fruit.
  • Serve Taco Zucchini Boats with cilantro & green onion garnish and side of fresh fruit.