Taco Tofu Zucchini Boats

This recipe called for sausage meat but I changed it to Tofu. You can sub out the tofu and use about a pound of hamburger, or sausage, even ground turkey if you like.  You use a food processor to make the tofu into a crumb mixture so chop up whatever meat you do use.


4 medium zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise
1/2 cup mild salsa of choice
1 packaged tofu, either processed in a food processor or break it up so it resembles crumbs.
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 small onion, minced
1/2 bell peppers chopped ( red and green work but whatever is on hand will do)
4 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 cup  Mexican blend shredded cheese * I had non so used Mozzarella works fine
1/4 cup chopped scallions or cilantro, for topping
Pepper to taste

* if using any meat, I’d think half a pound of chopped up meat is more than enough


Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place 1/4 cup of salsa in the bottom of a large baking dish.

Using a small spoon hollow out the center of the zucchini halves, leaving 1/4-inch thick shell on each half. Chop the scooped flesh of the zucchini in small pieces and set aside .  Place the zucchini halves in boiling water and cook 1 minute. Remove from water and set aside.
Whether you are using tofu or meat you will add this to a skillet with the onion bell pepper, chopped zucchini and tomato sauce. Stir it and cover , cooking until the onions are tender or if using the meat is cooked through. Remove from heat and place your halved zucchini on a baking sheet. Start filling the zucchini with the mixture from the pan. Top each with shredded cheese and bake for about 25-35 minutes. Zucchini should be tender and cheese should be melted.
You can make these ahead of time just leave the cheese off until you are ready to bake them.

28 thoughts on “Taco Tofu Zucchini Boats

  1. mail4rosey

    I've never tried it like this, but it sounds fantastic. I'm pinning it. Maybe I could make one with Tofu for me, and a couple with sausage for the other folks in our house. 🙂

  2. Kristi Maloney

    These look very yummy. I have some zucchini in the fridge and have been wondering what to make with them. I have the answer. I actually have Boca Sausage that would work perfectly!

  3. Ronnie E.

    Oo la la, love the sound of this recipe. This screams out healthy, but filling snack. I would love it (zucchini fan here) but I'm not sure if my family would follow along..

  4. Jennifer Williams

    I will give this a try, the combination of ingredients tell me it is full of flavor, I like that. I might add some black beans to it (only because I love them in just about everything).

  5. April Mims

    This looks really yummy! I'm not a huge fan of tofu unless it has been seasoned and cooked right. This might be just what I've been looking for!

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