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Easy Beef Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats (Keto Low-Carb)

Easy Keto Low Carb Beef Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats is a quick, healthy recipe with ground beef, homemade taco seasoning, and cheese that is perfect for Mexican Taco Tuesday. These zucchini tacos are low-calorie and low-carb. Use ground turkey as a substitute if you wish.

zucchini nachos with olives and sour cream

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This post was originally shared on June 30, 2018. It has since been updated.

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.

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! 

raw zucchini on a cutting board

How to Make Stuffed Taco Zucchini Boats

  1. Trim the zucchini and cut each in half horizontally. Scoop the flesh from the center and remove it.
  2. Add onions and garlic to a skillet with ground beef or ground turkey. Season the meat. Cook until no longer pink.
  3. Top the zucchini boat with the meat mixture. Bake.
  4. Finally, the baked tacos 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!
cooked hamburger beef

How Long to Cook and Bake

Bake the zucchini boats for 20 minutes, until the zucchini has softened and the cheese has melted.

zucchini nachos with olives and sour cream

How Many Carbs in Zucchini?

One whole zucchini has 4 net carbs.

zucchini nachos with olives and sour cream
zucchini nachos with olives and sour cream
zucchini nachos with olives and sour cream

What to Serve with the Zucchini

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
Broccoli Salad
Cauliflower Potato Salad
Green Bean Salad
Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole 
Keto Taco Bowls.

zucchini nachos with olives and sour cream

What to Do If Your Zucchini Boats are Too Wet

Zucchini is naturally a vegetable that holds a lot of water. You can sweat out access water by placing the zucchini on a flat surface with paper towels and salt the zucchini. It will sweat out a lot of moisture, but not all.

zucchini nachos with olives and sour cream
zucchini nachos with olives and sour cream
zucchini nachos with olives and sour cream

I love to make this using my Homemade Taco Seasoning.

zucchini nachos with olives and sour cream in a baking dish
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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!
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword keto nacho zucchini boats, keto tacos, keto zucchini, low carb nachos, low carb zucchini boats, low carb zucchini recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 326kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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. 

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Notes

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
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1zucchini boat | Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 25g
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Recipe Rating




Lisa

Monday 26th of April 2021

I made these last week for Taco Tuesday and they were delicious! I have recently began a lifestyle change and Stay Snatched has helped me fill the gap of eating healthy and loving what I'm eating!!!

staysnatched

Thursday 29th of April 2021

So glad to hear it!

elizabeth

Sunday 18th of April 2021

Made these for dinner tonight and they were so good! So easy to make and pop them in the oven and you have a delicious and nutritious dinner in no time. Even my picky son loved them and asked for more. Thanks so much for an amazing recipe.

staysnatched

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

I love to hear it!

Katie Ann

Sunday 18th of April 2021

Such a simple recipe! I’ve done zucchini boats from a few other recipes but this one kept things the easiest and tasted the best, so it is my new go-to!

staysnatched

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

So Glad you enjoyed it!

Giselle Hernandez

Sunday 11th of April 2021

Brandi never lets me down! Absolutely love these, made mine with chopped up chicken breast since I don’t eat beef. Definitely a winner as far as dinner goes!

staysnatched

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

Yay! Glad to hear it.

Qubilah

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

Made these last nice! So much flavor and I love how you can customize. I shredded my own cheese as I’ve heard/seen Brandi talk about the difference in taste between pre-shredded cheese and cheese that you shred on your own. This will definitely be a repeat as the weather becomes consistently warm!

staysnatched

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

I'm glad you enjoyed them!