Taco Zucchini Boats {Grilled or Baked} + VIDEO

Two zucchini taco boats on grey plate next to cilantro, avocado and corn oil.

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Taco Zucchini Boats are filled with taco seasoned turkey and topped with melted cheese and your favorite toppings. A low-carb, keto-friendly way to enjoy taco night. You won’t miss the tortilla! Plus, I’m using Mazola® Corn Oil, and a clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, see MAZOLA.com.
I’m always on the hunt for healthier ways to make my favorite dishes, and zucchini seems to always be one of my favorite swaps, like swapping out half my regular pasta for zucchini noodles in this Half & Half Linguini Recipe with Fried Capers and Fresh Herbs. Making a healthier version of lasagna via these Zucchini Lasagna Roll Ups. Or enjoying fries more guilt free with these Air Fryer Zucchini Fries. Tonight, I’m making taco night healthier with three simple swaps:

  1. I’m swapping out the taco shells and making taco zucchini boats instead.
  2. I’m using lean ground turkey in place of ground beef.
  3. I’m using corn oil – a heart-healthy & cholesterol free oil.

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How to Make Zucchini Boats

  • To make zucchini boats, cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the pulp, leaving 1/4″ shells.

Before filling and placing the zucchini boats on the grill, drizzle them with oil and season them with salt and pepper. I’m using Mazola Corn Oil in this recipe. It’s perfect for grilling because it has a smoke point higher than most cooking oils at 450°F. I love having it on hand for so many of my recipes since it has a neutral taste that lets the true flavor of the dish stand out. Zucchini taco boats on baking tray after cooking.

How to Make Zucchini Boats on the Grill

  • To grill zucchini boats, heat your grill to medium-high heat. Fill them with the taco filling mixture and top with additional cheese. Grill for 8-10 minutes until the zucchini is beginning to soften and the cheese is melted.

How to Bake Zucchini Boats in the Oven

  • To bake zucchini boats, heat your oven to 400 degrees F. Bake filled boats for 12-18 minutes until zucchini is tender and cheese is melted.

Are Zucchini Boats Keto?

  • Mexican zucchini boats are perfect to enjoy if you’re following a ketogenic diet. They are low carb and filled with protein from the turkey and cheese. Zucchini are a keto-friendly vegetable because they are grown above ground.

Stuffed Zucchini Boats Topping Ideas:

  • Hawaiian – Ham, pineapple, red onions
  • Caprese – Fresh chopped tomatoes, basil and a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar
  • Pizza – Sausage, mozzarella, peppers, black olives, mushrooms.

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Taco Zucchini Boats Recipe

Zucchini taco boats on baking tray after cooking.

Taco Zucchini Boats

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: taco stuffed zucchini boats, taco zucchini boats, zucchini boats
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 421 kcal

Taco Zucchini Boats are filled with taco seasoned turkey and topped with melted cheese and your favorite toppings. A low-carb, keto friendly way to enjoy taco night. You won't miss the tortilla!



  • 4 medium zucchini ends cut off and cut in half lengthwise
  • 3 Tablespoons Mazola Corn Oil divided
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ small onion minced
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 ounces canned tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup mexican shredded cheese divided
  • 2 Tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice

For Topping:

  • Avocado
  • Red Onion
  • Black Olives
  • Cilantro


  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  2. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp, leaving 1/4-in. shells.
  3. Drizzle with 2 Tablespoons oil. Rub the oil over the zucchini so it is well coated. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat remaining Tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute 2-3 minutes, until beginning to soften.
  5. Add ground turkey and spices and cook, breaking up occasionally until just cooked through.
  6. Stir in tomato sauce and water and bring to a simmer then reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer until sauce has reduced, about 5 minutes. Stir in half the cheese, cilantro and lime juice.
  7. Spoon turkey taco filling into zucchini, sprinkle with remaining cheese and grill, covered, until zucchini is tender, 8-10 minutes.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Oven Method: 

  • To bake zucchini boats, heat your oven to 400-degrees. Baked filled boats for 12-18 minutes until zucchini is tender and cheese is melted. 
Nutrition Facts
Taco Zucchini Boats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 421 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 1054mg46%
Potassium 943mg27%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 1500IU30%
Vitamin C 39.2mg48%
Calcium 260mg26%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    I love how the zucchinis become the taco shells, making for an easy and handheld dinner! Maybe this fun take on taco night will help my kids eat more vegetables. 😉


  2. jennie lamancuso

    These sound so delicious and I can’t wait to try them. Thanks!


  3. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life

    oh heck yes, I am on board with these taco zucchini boats! Can’t wait to make these!


  4. Megan Joy

    Yum! I wish I had known about this recipe when I had Gestational Diabetes a few months back. I was basically eating a Keto diet and this wouldn’t been amazing to add to my recipe rotation 🙂


  5. Jenni LeBaron

    These look perfectly healthy and delicious! I love taco night, but we don’t do alot of carbs lately so the zucchini is a fantastic swap!


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