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Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini
with guacamole / chips

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min

Stuffed and roasted zucchini (sometimes we call them zucchini "boats") are fun enough that kids will love them and packed with enough good stuff that grown-ups can feel good about eating them. This version is inspired by enchiladas and, just like the inspiration, is finished with cheese and sour cream.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Southwestern Spice Mix:
  • Coriander, dried - 1 tsp
  • Paprika - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini:
  • Onions, medium - 1/2, chopped
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Mushrooms, white button - 8 oz, chopped (look for pre-chopped)
  • Corn kernels, frozen - 1 cup
  • Zucchini, medium - 4 (~½ lb / 227g per zucchini)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Tomatoes, crushed (15 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Cheese, shredded Mexican blend - 2 oz +2 oz
  • Sour cream (opt) - 1/2 cup
Guacamole and Chips:
  • Shallots - 1 clove, diced
  • Cilantro - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Avocados - 2
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp
  • Hot sauce (opt) - 1/4 tsp
  • Tortilla chips - 4 cups

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Prep

  1. Make southwestern spice mix - (Skip if spice mix was made ahead for Monday.) Combine coriander, paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt and black pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Shallots / Onions / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Mushrooms / Cilantro - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Corn - Defrost in the microwave

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 500F / 260C.
  2. While oven heats, line a sheet pan with foil or brush with some cooking oil. Slice zucchini in half lengthwise and place them cut-side up on the pan. Use a spoon to scoop out the center of each zucchini half, leaving ~1/2” / 1.25cm thick shell on all sides (discard the center you scoop out or save it for another purpose). Cover sheet pan tightly with foil.
  3. Transfer pan to heated oven and bake until zucchini halves are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
  4. While zucchini roasts, heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add oil and then mushrooms. Saute until mushrooms are starting to turn golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add onions to mushrooms. Saute until onions are tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, corn and southwestern spice mix and saute for 1 minute more. Pour crushed tomatoes over top and bring to a simmer.
  6. Remove zucchini halves from oven and turn on the oven’s broiler.
  7. Fill zucchini halves with first portion of cheese and then mushroom / tomato sauce mixture. Top with remaining cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly, ~3 minutes.
  8. While zucchini finishes under the broiler, mash avocados and combine with shallots, cilantro, lime juice and hot sauce. Taste and season with some salt and more lime juice or hot sauce if you’d like.
  9. Serve zucchini with sour cream for topping. Enjoy chips and guacamole on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (99)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (7)
Vegetarian (20)

36 reviews

Eliminated the corn but other than that made the recipe as written. I agree that the zukes need seasoning and I’m sorely tempted to add green chilis to the recipe to amp up the spice level. Got the husband’s seal of approval - “I’d eat those chicken enchilada zucchini things again.” (His highest praise.)

By: Elizabeth
Posted: Jan 09, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Used fire roasted tomatoes.

By: Cathleen
Posted: Oct 02, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

I was pleasantly surprised by the zucchini boats, as I’d never had them before.

By: Leeanne
Posted: May 08, 2019
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

This was pretty good! My 20 month old grubbed it down so that is a win in my book.

By: Corey
Posted: Sep 08, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The fam really liked these! I seasoned the zucchini before roasting and doubled all spices except salt. I also think this would work great with pizza-flavors.

By: Meghann
Posted: Mar 01, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Itended up being easier to put together than I anticipated. My daughter tried it, but didn’t like the “fancy zucchini”. It didn’t taste like the enchiladas I am used to. If I do it again, I would use an enchilada sauce instead of crushed tomatoes. Also, I ended up with way more sauce than I needed.

By: Brenda
Posted: Feb 26, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful