Low-Carb Mexican Zucchini Boats are packed with your favorite Mexican flavors! Loaded with veggies, heart-healthy grains, and just a little heat, they are a low-carb must for this week’s menu! #lowcarb #mexican #zucchiniboats
This low-carb meal is an easy, healthy weeknight dinner option. I love that these Mexican Burrito Boats are packed with delicious flavors and not tons of carbs. Spicy sausage, that mouthwatering blend of Mexican spices, and classic burrito flavors like corn, black beans, and salsa more than make up for any missing tortillas or taco shells. It really helps when I can make my filling ahead of time, then I can fill up my zucchini boats and bake! Dinner is done in 30 minutes.
Your Favorite Grains Add Bulk Without Adding Carbs
Similar to these Beefy Stuffed Peppers or this Quinoa Enchilada Bake, choosing a grain that is low-carb or gluten-free makes these zucchini boats hearty and completely customizable. I prefer to use Nulife pearled sorghum because it has a great texture and absorbs all the Mexican flavors of my filling. Quinoa would also bulk up these zucchini boats.
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When preparing these zucchini boats, I often use my Melon Baller or a grapefruit spoon to scoop out the middle of the zucchini. Then I also use a melon baller to scoop equal amounts of my filling into the boat! Sprinkle with cheese, and bake. It’s so easy to get this low-carb Mexican favorite on the table.
Printable Recipe for Low-Carb Mexican Zucchini Boats:
Low-Carb Mexican Zucchini Burrito Boats
Low-Carb Mexican Zucchini Boats are packed with your favorite Mexican flavors! Loaded with veggies, heart-healthy grains, and just a little heat, they are a low-carb must! #lowcarb #mexican #zucchiniboats
- 6 medium zucchini
- 1/2 lb. ground sausage
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinse well
- 1 cup cooked quinoa, brown rice, or pearled sorghum (any cooked grain works great and I often use Nu-Life Pearled Sorghum from Scott City, Ks in this recipe)
- 1 cup of your favorite salsa
- 1 red bell pepper, seeds and membranes removed, diced cored
- 1/2 medium red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup frozen sweet corn or corn kernels cut from the cob
- 1 jalapeño, seeds and membranes removed, minced
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste to taste
- 1 cup shredded Colby Jack or Pepper Jack Cheese, I prefer to use Alma Cheese Co-Jack or Pepper Jack cheeses, a delicious Kansas product
Slice each zucchini in half lengthwise, then hollow out each half (I use my Melon Baller or a grapefruit spoon); spray each half with non-stick spray or brush with a bit of oil. Place prepared zucchini halves into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish or a large well-seasoned cast iron skillet.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat; when the skillet is nicely hot, add the sausage, cumin, and chili powder, cooking until the sausage is full cooked throughout and the spices are fragrant.
Remove seasoned sausage to a bowl and reserve. Add the onion and bell pepper to the skillet and sauté for for 2-3 minutes in the pan drippings, or until vegetables are slightly softened.
Add the the cooked grain of your choice (quinoa, rice, or pearled sorghum), corn, black beans, and salsa. Return the sausage to the skillet and combine all ingredients well, including the cilantro; season mixture to taste with salt and pepper, cooking until mixture is hot throughout.
Spoon the warm filling into each of the zucchini halves; sprinkle with cheese, as desired, then cover with foil.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree F. oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove the foil and turn oven to broil setting. Cook Zucchini Burrito Boats for just a few minutes longer, or until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Garnish with more cilantro, salsa, and sour cream, if desired.
Low-Carb Recipes Your Family with Love:
Mexican Favorites Around the Web:
- Easy Mexican Casserole (Plowing Through Life)
- Healthy Mexican Sweet Potato Skins (Pinch of Yum)
- Crock Pot Low-Carb Taco Lasagna (Beyer Beware)
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