Turkey Fajita Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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Simple and delicious Turkey Fajita Stuffed Zucchini Boats that are low carb, gluten free, and packed with flavor make the perfect lunch or dinner.

324 CAL 23g CARBS 10g FAT 37g PROTEIN

Stuffed Fajita Zucchini Boats with ground turkey and fajita veggies may just be my new favorite healthy lunch. Who would have ever believed that stuffing zucchini with ground turkey, peppers, onions, spices, and cheese would taste so good and decadent?

They are seriously something I love to eat and they taste like a mash up of chicken fajitas and pizza. Fajita lovers will also want to try these Chicken Fajitas and Shrimp Fajitas.

Now let's talk about these zucchini. I have always loved stuffing vegetables as a healthier alternative to using bread or tortillas. The veggies serve as the perfect vehicle for all types of fillings and this fajita filling made with ground turkey, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and a quick homemade spice blend really is something special.

Plus the cheese on top doesn't hurt. Depending on when I am serving these and how hungry we are, I usually add some black beans or Mexican rice on the side to round out the meal.

For a low carb side, you could use black soybeans or cauliflower Mexican rice.

Fajita Zucchini Boats with turkey, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cheese in a glass baking dish

How to Make Zucchini Boats

Once you start making zucchini boats, there are so many different ways you can make them. From these amazing Pizza Zucchini Boats to these simple Tex Mex Stuffed Zucchini, zucchini boats are one of those easy, healthy meals that quickly become part of your routine. Here's the basic recipe for making any type of zucchini boat you like:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the zucchini in half and use a spoon to hollow out the center of the zucchini, creating a space for the filling. You can either discard this zucchini or chop it up to use in your filling.
  3. Prepare the filling, making sure to add lots of flavor and spices. If you are using veggies or protein, you will want to cook it before using it as a filling. I also like to use some kind of sauce to make sure the dish doesn't get dry. You could use salsa, enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes, marinara sauce, etc. If you don't use a sauce, make sure your mixture has some moisture. 
  4. Fill the zucchini. Add cheese or breadcrumbs on top if desired. 
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until zucchini are tender. For large or thicker zucchini, they may take a bit longer. If you have trouble with the zucchini not softening, cover the baking dish with foil for the first 15-18 minutes of cooking. This helps the zucchini steam and soften.

Can you Freeze Zucchini Boats?

Although you can freeze zucchini boats, be prepared for them to be a bit mushy after freezing. Zucchini doesn't freeze very well and when it is defrosted and reheated, it tends to become somewhat mushy. With that said, if you want to freeze these zucchini boats, make sure to let them cool completely before freezing. To defrost, place them in the fridge overnight and reheat in the oven or microwave.

For better results, freeze the turkey fajita filling and use it to stuff fresh zucchini when you are ready to eat. This can speed up assembly but ensures you won't get soggy zucchini. The frozen meat filling can be reheated in the microwave at 50% power.

Zucchini boats with ground turkey, tomatoes, fajita seasoning, and melted cheese in a glass baking dish.

Recipe Ideas for Turkey Fajita Stuffed Zucchini

  • You can use any ground meat you have on hand to make this recipe. It's delicious with lean ground beef, bison, or chicken. Shredded rotisserie chicken also is delicious. And for a vegetarian spin, use black beans or pinto beans instead of the meat.
  • If you love enchiladas, you could substitute the spice mixture for a can of your favorite red or green enchilada sauce.
  • Love spice? Add a jalapeno pepper or diced poblano pepper in place of the green bell pepper. You can also add some chipotle peppers for a smoky, spicy version.
  • Craving more fiber? Toss some black beans or pinto beans into the turkey mixture as well to add some fiber and carbohydrates.
  • If you are following a Whole30, Paleo, or dairy-free diet, just leave off the cheese from the recipe. They still come out extremely tasty.
  • Double up the ground turkey and make a batch of these Turkey Taco Salads or Taco Lettuce Wraps as well to have lunches prepped for the week.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common questions asked about making zucchini boats?

If you like the zucchini to be very tender, you can cover the baking dish with foil for the first 20 minutes. Then carefully remove the foil during the last 5 minutes so the cheese can bubble and brown. 

Absolutely! Feel free to swap in summer squash (yellow squash), eggplant, or even halved bell peppers. Just adjust the cooking time as needed so the vegetable shell is tender.

These stuffed zucchini boats will work great with ground beef, ground chicken, or ground vegetarian crumbles. You can also swap in black beans, pinto beans, or kidney beans for a vegetarian option. 

Zucchini boats with turkey fajita filling including tomatoes and melted cheese served with tortilla chips.
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Turkey Fajita Stuffed Zucchini Boats

324 CAL 23g CARBS 10g FAT 37g PROTEIN
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  • 4 zucchini
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 green pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 lb. 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1.5 cups canned fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1.5 tbsp fajita seasoning (or taco seasoning to taste)
  • 1 cup part skim mozzarella cheese

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the zucchini in half and scoop out some of the center using a spoon or melon baller to create the “boat.” Place in a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

Hollowed out zucchini in a bakin dish.

Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and peppers. Cook for 3-4 minutes until beginning to soften. Add turkey and cook until turkey is fully browned, about 6-8 minutes. Add the tomatoes. Stir in the spices and cook for 1-2 more minutes.

Ground turkey with peppers, onions, and tomatoes in a skillet with fajita seasoning.

Fill the boats with the turkey fajita mixture. Top each with cheese. Bake for 22-25 minutes until cheese is bubbling and zucchini is tender

Zucchini boats filled with ground turkey, vegetables, and shredded cheese.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 zucchini halves
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324
Calories from Fat 89
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 76mg
Sodium 764mg
Total Carbohydrate 23g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 13g
Protein 37g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.


Make your own fajita seasoning: 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder. 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/4 tsp kosher salt, 1/4 tsp pepper
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Amy Cook
November 7, 2018 - 10:53
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Terrific. A little work but so worth it! Now if I can just keep my husband away from them.
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August 3, 2018 - 09:55
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This was absolutely delicious...my entire family enjoyed it and wants more the next day...
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