This easy keto ground beef stuffed zucchini recipe is a healthy, gluten-free, and low-carb dinner recipe for taco nights! Bonus, with only 4 grams of net carbs per serving, these are perfect keto zucchini boats to integrate into your keto meal plan.
They are also known as zucchini boats or zucchini tacos. In a stuffed zucchini recipe, the zucchinis are cut lengthwise, cored, and filled with cooked meat like ground sausage, ground beef, ground turkey, or vegetarian filling. The filled zucchini are then baked in the oven.
Not all stuffed zucchini recipes are keto-friendly because some use bread crumbs on top of the zucchinis. But this ground beef stuffed zucchini recipe is keto-friendly, 100% made with low-carb ingredients.
It is super easy to make stuffed zucchinis at home.
You must choose zucchinis that:
Zucchinis are made at 95% water, and you don’t want all the vegetable water to end up in your dish. So first, cut the zucchinis lengthwise, keep the skin on, and don’t cut the sides!
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Use a teaspoon to carefully scoop out the flesh from each zucchini half, as seen in the picture below.
Watch out. If you go too deep, you can break the zucchini halves. Discard the flesh from the zucchinis or set it aside to use in a keto soup recipe later.
Then, lay each zucchini boat on a large baking dish – at least 9-inch x 13-inch to fit 4 medium zucchini or 8 zucchini halves.
Lightly oil the dish with olive oil and sprinkle salt all over the zucchinis. The salt will extract the water from the zucchinis. They are going to sweat!
Set aside the zucchinis for 20 minutes while preparing the filling.
After 10 minutes, using an absorbent kitchen paper towel to pat dry the zucchini.
For the taco stuffed zucchini, you need:
In a large frying pan, heat olive oil, and cook the onion until fragrant.
Then, add ground beef and, using a spoon, crumble the beef to create small pieces of meat that grill evenly on all sides.
Finally, add taco seasoning, beef broth, sour cream, and tomato paste, and keep cooking the beef for 5-6 minutes until cooked through and fragrant.
The mixture should be thick and not runny. If too runny, keep cooking until it forms a paste and the liquid evaporates.
Now, spray a large 9×13-inch baking sheet with olive oil. Next, lay the zucchini shells next to each other onto the baking sheet.
It’s fine if they touch each other.
Fill the zucchini with the cooked ground beef and add the grated cheese on top of each keto-stuffed zucchini boat.
Bake the stuffed zucchini ground beef and cheese for 15-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Remove the baking tray from the oven and serve immediately as a low-carb alternative to tacos for taco night!
Serve the stuffed zucchini boats with keto Mexican toppings like:
Store the cooked zucchinis in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
These healthy stuffed zucchini boats are amazing to meal prep healthy lunch or dinner.
They are delicious when rewarmed in the microwave or a frying pan until piping hot.
These stuffed zucchini boats with ground beef are very fulfilling on their own, and you don’t have to serve them with any sides.
However, if you really fancy something on the side, you can add some of these keto-friendly sides:
Zucchini is a wonderful low-carb vegetable for creating tasty and healthy recipes. Below I listed more low-carb keto zucchini recipes for you to try.
Have you made these keto stuffed zucchinis with ground beef? Share a review or comment below to tell me how it goes!
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