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Keto Low Carb Beef Nacho Stuffed Zucchini Boats is a quick and easy ground beef and cheese recipe that is perfect for keto diets and ketosis. These nachos are loaded with toppings like taco seasoning, black olives, sour cream, cilantro, and avocado for amazing flavor!
Calories: 326 Fat: 25G Net Carbs: 2G Protein: 21G
One serving = 1 zucchini boat
Are you trying to follow a keto lifestyle, but struggling to celebrate Taco Tuesday? Well pull up a chair and grab your grocery list! This recipe is certainly for you.
One of the things I love most about the keto lifestyle is that you don’t have to leave behind all of your favorite foods and dishes! I feel like I can flip pretty much any high carb dish into something with a lot fewer carbs, while not compromising at all on taste.
It’s summer, which definitely isn’t a shocker for me because I have been feeling the effects of summer for the last two months. The temperatures here in Kansas City have been scorching, and actually downright disrespectful! It has felt like late July and August with temperatures in the high 90s and things don’t appear to be letting up.
Soooo…since it’s summer that means zucchini is in season. I can find great zucchini just about anywhere. Last month I shared a recipe for Keto Shrimp Alfredo Zucchini Noodles. I used my spiralizer and it was amazing! I have been getting a lot of great feedback from you guys on that dish!
So I decided to do something somewhat similar, yet different!
I have taken a couple of international vacations recently. So I have been doing a lot of eating and indulging! After returning from one of the trips I felt really sluggish and bloated. I’m sure this was due to all of the bread and wine I was drinking. (I visited Greece so there was plenty of bread, olive oil, and wine to go around!)
This led me to want to give my body a break from the crappy foods, in hopes of gaining back energy by following a strict keto plan.
I was out with friends one night after returning from vacation and I had an amazing set of nachos from a local bar. Bar nachos really are the best! They were loaded with cheese, ground beef, and a ton of toppings! The spread was incredible, but I wondered how the nachos would taste with zucchini.
I have thought about sweet potato nachos in the past, but those aren’t keto. With zucchini in season, I thought why not try it?
These nachos are a lot like tacos, so feel free to call them tacos! The recipe is geared a little bit more towards nachos because nachos usually have the creamy melted cheese. I add shredded cheese to the ground beef so that it could melt down and provide a creamier texture, similar to melted fake cheese. Most nachos are loaded with fake cheese, but I prefer the real thing!
I am in love with the taco seasoning at Trader Joe’s. It has the perfect balance of spice for me. You can choose to use this brand, your favorite, brand, or you can also make your own taco seasoning.
Finally, the baked nachos are topped with all of your keto-friendly favorites. YUM! Don’t get stingy here! If it’s keto-friendly then pile it on and enjoy!
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Keto Low Carb Beef Nacho Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Keto Low Carb Beef Nacho Stuffed Zucchini Boats is a quick and easy ground beef and cheese recipe that is perfect for keto diets and ketosis. These nachos are loaded with toppings like taco, seasoning, black olives, sour cream, cilantro, and avocado for amazing flavor!
- 3 whole zucchini, sliced lengthwise to form 6 boats
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 packet taco seasoning Use your judgment for how much taco seasoning you wish to use. Some brands may be saltier than others. Season to taste. Refer to cooking note below on tips on how to make your own seasoning.
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (add to ground beef) You can also use taco/Mexican flavored cheeses
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (sprinkle over the boats) You can also use taco/Mexican flavored cheeses
- 1 jalapeno chopped optional, if you prefer spicy
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 2 tablespoons chopped black olives
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Trim the ends of the zucchini. Then cut the zucchini in half horizontally.
Scoop and remove the flesh from the center of the zucchini so that you can stuff the zucchini with ground beef. Be careful not to scoop out too much. The zucchini should resemble boat form.
You can choose to discard the zucchini flesh or add more veggies to you nachos! Chop up the removed zucchini flesh and set aside.
Place a skillet on medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onions. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
Add the ground beef, reserved zucchini, taco seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the ground beef is no longer pink.
Add 1/2 cup of shredded cheese to the ground beef. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes until the cheese has melted.
Place the zucchini boats in a baking dish.
Load the ground beef mixture evenly into the zucchini boats.
Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded cheese on top and throughout.
Bake for 20 minutes (uncovered) until the zucchini softens and the cheese has melted.
Remove the boats from the oven and load them up with toppings: sour cream, black olives, avocado, jalapenos etc. Sprinkle cilantro throughout.
One serving = 1 zucchini boat
If you prefer to make your own taco seasoning, here is a recipe. Combine the following:
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika