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Stuffed Zucchini Boats – Baked tender zucchini stuffed with a rich meat sauce and topped with a mound of melty cheese. Stuffed Zucchini is easy to make and this recipe is one of THE best ways to enjoy zucchini for dinner! 

Taco meat stuffed zucchini in a baking dish.

Few years ago an abundance of zucchini ⬅ that’s putting it lightly – from my garden + leftover Taco Beef in the fridge inspired me to make this stuffed zucchini recipe.

Ana and Aleksandra wanted tacos, the husband wanted zucchini lasagna, and all I wanted was to EAT. 😏 

Thus, badda bing badda boom, we had Stuffed Zucchini Boats for dinner and we all lived happily ever after… or, until dinner time the next day. 🤷‍♀️ 


Stuffed Zucchini is a dish with your vegetables and your meaty entree all in one. It is basically a one-dish meal that covers all the bases. Add a simple side salad and a big bottle of wine, and you’re SET! Trust me. We do it all the time. 

Fresh zucchini stuffed with meat and topped with pasta sauce.


  • Start with slicing the zucchini in half, lengthwise.
  • Using the tip of a spoon, scrape out the zucchini flesh. 
  • Spread a bit of marinara sauce on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Arrange zucchini boats, flesh-side up, over pasta sauce and sprinkle with salt; set aside.
  • Next, prepare the Taco Beef filling; recipe here ➡ Taco Beef and Rice.
  • Wipe down the prepared zucchini boats with paper towels and fill them with prepared beef mixture. No specific amount – just spoon in what the zucchini will hold.
  • Add a bit more pasta sauce or marinara sauce over zucchini boats and top with cheese.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until zucchini is tender and mixture is bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and let stand few minutes before serving. 


Lifting out stuffed zucchini boats from baking dish.


  • Store stuffed zucchini leftovers in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.


  • Allow the stuffed zucchini boats to cool COMPLETELY, first.
  • Store the zucchini boats in an airtight container and freeze for up to 1 month. If you have to stack the zucchini to fit, use wax paper in between the layers.




5 from 14 votes
Taco meat stuffed zucchini in a baking dish.

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

12 12 12
WW Freestyle: 8
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Baked tender zucchini stuffed with a rich meat sauce and topped with a mound of melty cheese.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mexican/Southwest
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 409


  • 3 medium zucchini
  • salt
  • 2 cups marinara sauce, divided
  • 1 recipe for Taco Beef and Rice Skillet <--- click to get the recipe
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Grease a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and spread 1 cup of marinara sauce on the bottom of the dish; set aside.
  • Cut the zucchini in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the flesh with the tip of a spoon.
  • Arrange the zucchini boats in the baking dish, flesh-side UP; sprinkle salt over each boat and set aside.
  • Prepare the Taco Beef mixture.
  • Once you've cooked the beef, wipe down the zucchini boats with paper towels.
  • Fill the boats with the prepared beef mixture. No specific amount – just spoon in what the zucchini will hold.
  • Top each zucchini boat with remaining marinara sauce and add cheese on top.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until zucchini is tender and mixture is bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and let stand a few minutes.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.


  • If counting carbs and/or calories, I would suggest to leave out the rice in the beef recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Amount Per Serving (1 zucchini boat)
Calories 409 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 853mg36%
Potassium 1183mg34%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 675IU14%
Vitamin C 23.3mg28%
Calcium 121mg12%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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16 Responses
  1. adams

    I love Stuffed Zucchini Boats, it’s great to be able to do it right at home, thank you for your video and tutorials, just follow it and everything is easy.

  2. Ramirez@habitatrestaurant

    Stuffed Zucchini Boats is awesome! They look very attractive. Thanks for your guide recipe. You make the processing of them easier. added the menu for this week and will try it soon. thanks again!

    1. Marjorie Ebersole

      I have read thru this entire recipe, what do I do with the scooped out zucchini from the boats. I’m not seeing what to do with it. I’m sure it should be mixed in with the filling but this step has been overlooked. Please let me know how the flesh gets incorporated. Thank you

      1. Katerina Petrovska

        I just didn’t use it in this recipe, but you can definitely include the zucchini flesh with the meat filling.

  3. Susan Dubose

    Your Zucchini Boat recipe look so healthy and delicious. I will definitely try to make this for my family and I am sure they are going to like it.

  4. Richard Tunner

    These looks so good, a great option for a side dish. I definitely need to eat more zucchini so will give these a try.

  5. Beth Pierce

    So much flavor in one dish; can’t wait to serve this for dinner tonight! Great way to sneak in veggies to my family! Delish!

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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