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Keto Zucchini Boats with Chorizo

Summer Yule
Make these keto zucchini boats when you are looking for an easy meal that packs in the veggies. At only 11 net carbs per serving, this recipe will fit into most low-carb dietary patterns.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 562 kcal


  • 1.5 lbs. zucchini (680 grams; about 6 zucchini)
  • 1 lb. fresh chorizo, casings removed (454 grams)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup strained tomatoes
  • ½ medium red onion, chopped
  • 4 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded (113 grams; about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Crumble the fresh chorizo into a skillet. Add the onion and garlic. Cook over medium heat until the chorizo is browned, about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While the chorizo cooks, wash your zucchini and chop off the stem end. Cut them in half lengthwise. Use a melon baller to scoop out the middles, forming the boats, as shown. Arrange the boats in a single layer in a large tray pan. Save the zucchini middles to use in other recipes.
    Empty zucchini boats
  • Add the strained tomatoes to the chorizo mixture. Allow it to simmer down for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The results should not be very liquidy.
  • Evenly fill your zucchini boats with the chorizo mixture using a spoon.
    Zucchini boats with chorizo
  • Top the filled boats with the pepper jack cheese shreds.
    Zucchini boats with chorizo and cheese
  • Cover the pan with foil and bake in the heated oven for 35 minutes.
  • After baking, garnish with the cilantro. This makes 4 servings of 3 zucchini boats (i.e., 3 zucchini halves) each. You may end up with more or fewer boats per person depending on the size of the squash you start with!
    Keto zucchini boats with chorizo


This is a level 2 recipe (transition or weight maintenance). My strategy for a higher energy meal here would be to add a big side salad with dressing. Another (not low-carb/keto) option would be to add a grain-based side.
On the other hand, if I were looking to cut calories, I would substitute a leaner meat option for the chorizo. You could add chorizo spices to lean ground turkey or lean ground beef to get somewhat similar flavors. It won’t be quite the same, but it should still be delicious and capture the spirit of the dish.


Calories: 562kcal
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