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How to Make Ground Beef Stuffed Zucchini Boats

These beef-stuffed zucchini boats are made with fresh herbs, earthy vegetables, and hearty beef for the perfect weeknight dinner that’s low on carbs, but jam-packed with flavor! These beef-stuffed zucchini boats are going to delight your senses!

stuffed zucchini boats lined up in a baking dish with garnish and tomatoes on top

Why Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a Family Favorite

We love summer for many reasons around here, and the abundance of zucchini in the kitchen is one of them! I love to come up with new and unique ways of serving the humble green vegetable.

From hummus to salad, I’m not kidding when I say zucchinis get a lot of lovin’ in our home, but when I made these stuffed zucchini boats the other day I knew we had a new favorite on the leaderboard! 

I know there are so many variations of stuffed zucchini, but this one that’s bursting with delicious ground beef filling has got to be my favorite. It’s a great healthy dish for lunch or dinner, and I promise, the leftovers are just as good the next day!

Recipe Highlights

  • Easy low-carb main course!
  • Pine nuts, raisins, and cinnamon. You’ll just have to trust me on this one!
  • Saute the beef mixture, stuff the zucchini, and bake. It’s so easy!
  • Enjoy the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
  • Customizable to your favorite ingredients!

Key Ingredients for This Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

ingredients spread zucchini cinnamon tomato olive oil onion pine nuts salt and pepper garlic and raisins.

Zucchini: Boiled
Ground Beef: This is what makes this recipe a hearty and complete dish. It’s delicious and gives the recipe an extra oomph of flavor from the fat. You could use ground lamb or ground turkey here as well.
Onions and Fresh Garlic: For a delicious flavorful base.
Pine Nuts, Raisins, Cinnamon: This is what takes this recipe to the next level! It gives it a unique flavor profile and makes this stuffed zucchini dish stand out from all others.
Tomatoes: For topping.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to Make Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Step 1: Prepare

Set out an oven-safe baking dish.

Step 2: Blanch Zucchini

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and blanch the zucchini. Boil until it’s almost tender and then drain well. 

whole zucchinis in a silver pot filled with water.

Step 3: Begin Sauteing

Chop the onion and mince the garlic, then heat extra virgin olive oil in a pan. Add the chopped onion and statue until it’s lightly browned. Then, add in the minced garlic, pine nuts, raisins, and cinnamon. Stir well, and allow this to simmer for 5 minutes. 

sauteed veggies with pine nuts and raisins added in.

Step 4: Add Beef

Add ground beef (or lamb) to the pan and statue for 10 minutes, or until it’s browned. 

beef added to stuffing toppings in a black skillet.

Step 5: Cut Zucchini Boats

Cut a lid out of the top of each zucchini. I cut my zucchini in half because it was easier to stuff and serve. 

zucchinis with the centers carved out with a white cutting board on it.

Step 6: Hollow Zucchini and Add to Pan

Scoop out the zucchini flesh and add it to the meat mixture. Cook until the liquid absorbs, and then add salt and pepper to taste. 

stuffing in zucchini boats in a white tray.

Step 7: Stuff

With a spoon, fill the hollowed-out zucchini boats and place them in the baking dish side by side. Add chopped tomatoes and a pinch of salt and pepper on top. 

boats of zucchini with beef stuffing and red peppers on top.

Step 8: Bake

Place the baking dish in the oven, uncovered, for 30 minutes (you can broil for the last 5 minutes if you’d like). Serve hot and enjoy!

baked zucchini boats with stuffing.

Recipe FAQs

Do you eat the skin of the zucchini boats?

Yes! The skins of zucchinis are perfectly fine (and nutritious!) to eat. If you want to make sure they taste a little less bitter, use smaller zucchinis. 

Do leftovers store well?

Yes! Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator and have them for lunch the next day.

What is there to serve with stuffed zucchini?

This tasty main dish pairs well with these great side dishes! Try some tasty Homemade Canned Dill Pickles, some garlic naan bread, or this recipe for Simple Roasted Carrots!

What if I want to pair this with rice?

This zucchini recipe goes great with White Rice. It may not be a low-carb option, but it’s a great option for many other diets and lifestyles.

close up of stuffed zucchini boats with parsley on top.

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a baking tray with stuffed and baked zucchini boats in it.

How to Make Ground Beef Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Classy stuffed zucchini, complete with flavors of garlic, onion, and cinnamon.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Meat Dishes
Allergy: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Sugar Free
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings7
Calories: 368kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini, boiled
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 lb ground lamb, or beef
  • 3-4 medium-sized tomatoes chopped

Instructions

  • Set out an oven safe baking dish.
  • In a large pot of salted boiling water blanch the zucchini, boil just until it’s almost tender; drain well.
    4 medium zucchini,
    whole zucchinis in a silver pot filled with water.
  • Chop the onion and mince the garlic.
    1 large onion,, 2 cloves garlic,
    a cutting board with chopped onion and garlic on it and a knife.
  • In a pan, heat the extra virgin olive oil.
    ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Add in chopped onion and sauté until lightly browned.
    1 large onion,
    a black skillet with onion and garlic sauteing with a spatula.
  • Add in minced garlic, pine nuts, raisins, and ground cinnamon. Simmer for 5 minutes.
    2 cloves garlic,, ½ cup pine nuts, ¼ cup raisins, ½ tsp ground cinnamon
    sauteed veggies with pine nuts and raisins added in.
  • To the pan add ground lamb or beef. Sauté for 10 minutes or until browned.
    1 lb ground lamb,
    beef added to stuffing toppings in a black skillet.
  • Cut a lid out of the top of each zucchini. I cut my zucchini in half, it was easier to stuff and easier to serve.
    zucchinis with the centers carved out with a white cutting board on it.
  • Add the zucchini flesh into the meat mix and cook until the liquid absorbs. Salt and pepper to taste.
    stuffing cooked in a black skillet.
  • With a teaspoon fill the hollowed zucchini and place in baking dish.
    stuffing in zucchini boats in a white tray.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss into the dish with zucchini.
    3-4 medium-sized tomatoes
    boats of zucchini with beef stuffing and red peppers on top.
  • Place in oven uncovered for 30 minutes. I broiled for last 5 minutes. Serve hot.
    baked zucchini boats with stuffing.

Notes

  • You can also use yellow squash zucchini instead of green.

Nutrition

Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 688mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 667IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg
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