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Rosemary's Taco-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Zucchini is not very exciting, interesting, or fun to eat, which is basically the opposite of a taco. But what we’re going to do here is use the same filling used to make tacos to stuff zucchini and turn something that’s generally unremarkable into something that is incredibly remarkable.


  • For the Taco Meat Stuffing:
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    ⅔ cup diced yellow onion
    1 pound ground beef 
    2 tablespoons Rosemary's garlic flake
    2 tablespoons diced jalapeno pepper

    1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
    1 tablespoon Rosemary's chili powder
    1 teaspoon Rosemary's paprika
    1 pinch Rosemary's cayenne pepper
    1 teaspoon Rosemary's cumin
    ½ teaspoon Rosemary's dried oregano
    2 teaspoons cornmeal
    1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
    1 cup tomato sauce
    ½ cup water

  • For the Rest:
    4 large zucchini, halved lengthwise
    1 ½ cups grated pepper Jack cheese

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Step 1
Combine olive oil, onion, and ground beef in a skillet over high heat. Cook, stirring, until onion turns translucent and the beef is browned and broken up into very small pieces, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeno pepper and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt, chili powder, paprika, cayenne, cumin, dried oregano, cornmeal, and black pepper. Cook for 1 minute more.
Step 2
Stir in tomato sauce and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens to your desired texture, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Step 3

Use a teaspoon or melon baller to scoop out about half the center of each zucchini to create a “boat.” Sprinkle generously with remaining kosher salt and let sit, 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 4

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone l

Step 5

Use a paper towel to blot any moisture that the salt draws out of the zucchini. Place boats on the prepared baking sheet and fill each one with as much taco meat mixture as will fit. Top evenly with pepper Jack cheese.

Step 6

Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is browned and the zucchini is just barely tender, about 20 minutes. Test for doneness with a sharp knife. Serve immediately.

You can find many of the herbs and spices on our website. Just look under 'Spices' and at our store.

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