Do you like boats?
Vin on the other hand…not so much. The rocking, being out in the middle of the nowhere, the rocking and the rocking just doesn’t do it for him.
He does like one kind of boat though…
Was that cheesy?
Yeah…it was cheesy.
Anyway, let’s chat about zucchini boats for a second. Umm…best idea ever. These are SO easy and delicious. The concoctions are endless…I decided for Mexican but you could make an Italian one, a veggie one, an Asian one, a BREAKFAST one. OMG. Breakfast – maybe some egg, sausage, green pepper topped with cheddar cheese?
Seriously though…I LOVE this dish. It’s simple, delicious, on the healthier side and so much fun to make. The hardest part is scooping out the seeds of the zucchini and browning some ground beef. These only bake for 25 minutes so dinner could be ready in let’s say…35 minutes! To save extra time, brown the beef in the morning or the night before, bring to room temp, put it in the refrigerator then simply assemble them when you’re ready for dinner.
If your house is anything like my house, from 5-7pm is all about the toddler – feeding, bath time, play time then bed time. These Mexican Zucchini Boats are an easy dinner that still give you time to enjoy your family during the evening hours. Like I said, do a little prep work like browning the beef, or removing the zucchini seeds and this dish will literally be ready in 25 minutes.
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- 3 large zucchini
- ¾ pounds ground beef
- ¼ cup salsa
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon chili powder
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¾ cup shredded colby jack cheese (cheddar, pepperjack, mexican, etc. would also work)
- Olive oil
- Sour cream
- Hot Sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheets with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray; set aside.
- Cut zucchini in half and take out the seeds with the back of a spoon; set aside
- Add a drizzle of olive oil to a saute pan and place over medium heat. Cook ground beef until browned. Add salsa, salt, pepper, chili powder and garlic powder and stir.
- Drizzle olive oil on top of zucchini and fill with ground beef. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with shredded cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes.
- Top with desired garnishes.