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Closeup of Mexican Zucchini Boats with black beans and cilantro recipe in a casserole dish

Mexican Zucchini Boats

These Mexican Zucchini Boats are a fabulous healthier alternative for taco night. Seasoned ground turkey, added veggies and topped with cheese and cilantro for mouthwatering yum.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 395kcal


  • 4 medium zucchinis cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 lb 93% - 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup mild salsa
  • 1/2 small red onion diced
  • 2 tbsp red pepper diced
  • 1 cup corn frozen or canned
  • 15 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup Reduced fat cheddar or Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions or cilantro for topping


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Place 1/4 cup of salsa in the bottom of a 9x13” casserole dish or spray a with non-stick spray.
  • Using a small spoon or melon baller, hollow out the center of the zucchini halves, leaving about 1/4-inch thickness on each half.
  • Brown turkey in a large skillet until about 1/2 cooked.
  • Add red bell pepper, onion, chopped zucchini, and taco seasoning and sauté until meat is throughly cooked.
  • Add corn, beans, and salsa
  • Stir and cover, simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
  • Using a spoon, fill the hollowed zucchini boats with the meat mixture
  • Top each with 1 tablespoon of reduced fat cheddar or Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through.
  • Top with cilantro and serve with salsa and light sour cream or fat free plain greek yogurt on the side.


Nutritional information includes 93% ground turkey


Serving: 2halves | Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1061mg | Potassium: 1429mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1275IU | Vitamin C: 48.3mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 5.3mg