Zucchini Taco Casserole Recipe

Taking all of our leftover zucchini squash from the garden and throwing it into our favorite taco casserole! You’ll love this healthy twist on a traditional Mexican food favorite. Grab some sour cream and fresh limes as toppings and this Zucchini Taco Casserole will be a hit!
Zucchini Taco Casserole Recipe

This Zucchini Taco Casserole is a family favorite! Even our picky eaters like it!

Let’s talk about vegetables. Do you ever find yourself at the end of the day and realize you didn’t have one vegetable throughout the day!? Or do you have picky kids who might not like eating vegetables?

In this case I have a very super husband which is basically like one of my kids haha.

Cubed Zucchini in a white bowl

I have been trying to incorporate more vegetables into our meals to help everyone get in their daily vegetables. This recipe is PERFECT for sneaking them in and packing them with flavor.

Serve this up with your favorite taco toppings and you’ll have a new taco Tuesday (or any day of the week!) favorite!

Ingredients for Zucchini Taco Casserole mixed together in a white bowl

Related Recipe: Looking for more easy casserole recipes?! Try our Pizza Pasta Casserole!

What’s in Zucchini Taco Casserole?

This recipe is great because you can add just about any vegetables or taco ingredients that you want. Here’s what we used, and a few suggestions for substituting!

  • Ground Turkey – you can totally substitute ground beef if that’s the taco meat you prefer. My husband personally hates ground turkey so I’ve made this with both.
  • Yellow Onion
  • Cooked Quinoa – cooked brown or white rice can also be substituted. You’ll want to keep the measurement the same, so it will be about two cups of cooked rice.
  • Chopped zucchini
  • Red Pepper
  • Black beans – you can add pinto beans if you prefer those instead!
  • Salsa – use your favorite salsa! We usually stick with mild, but if you want to add a little spice, go ahead and add a medium or hot salsa.
  • Taco Seasoning – we usually just buy this in order to save on time, but if you have a good homemade recipe, that works great too. You’ll want about 2 Tablespoons.

Related Recipe: Cornbread Taco Bake Recipe

Zucchini Taco Casserole unbaked in casserole dish

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Health benefits of quinoa:

We don’t use quinoa in a lot of recipes, and honestly I’m not sure why! After seeing how quick and easy it was to cook up a few cups, I think I will be incorporating it into my recipes more often.

Here are some of the health benefits of quinoa:

  1. High in fiber
  2. Good source of protein
  3. Gluten free
  4. Great source of iron and magnesium
  5. Contains antioxidants
Zucchini Taco Casserole baked and topped with cheese

Zucchini Recipes on Six Sisters’ Stuff

Need to use up some zucchini from your garden? Here are a few of our favorite recipes!

  • Zucchini Parmesan Bake
  • Baked Zucchini Bites
  • Baked Zucchini Fries
  • Chicken Zucchini Casserole
  • Baked Parmesan Zucchini Strings
Zucchini Taco Casserole on a white plate, topped with avocado cubes

Serves:
6

Zucchini Taco Casserole Recipe

Taking all of our leftover zucchini squash from the garden and throwing it into our favorite taco casserole! You’ll love this healthy twist on a traditional Mexican food favorite. 
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Total Time
45 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 2 zucchini diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 ounce taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 avocado diced (optional topping)
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro chopped (optional topping)
  • ½ cup sour cream (optional topping)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions.
  • In a large skillet, saute turkey and onion until turkey is cooked through and no longer pink.
  • In a large bowl, toss together turkey, quinoa, zucchini, pepper, beans, salsa, and taco seasoning until seasoning is completely incorporated.
  • Dump mixture into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan and top with Mexican blend cheese.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until zucchini and peppers have completely cooked through, and cheese begins to bubble on top.
  • Serve with your favorite taco toppings.
  • We serve ours with avocado, cilantro, and sour cream.

Notes

Some of the health benefits of quinoa:

  1. High in fiber
  2. Good source of protein
  3. Gluten free
  4. Great source of iron and magnesium
  5. Contains antioxidants

Nutrition

Calories: 587 kcal
·
Carbohydrates: 67 g
·
Protein: 39 g
·
Fat: 20 g
·
Saturated Fat: 7 g
·
Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g
·
Monounsaturated Fat: 7 g
·
Trans Fat: 1 g
·
Cholesterol: 69 mg
·
Sodium: 883 mg
·
Potassium: 1349 mg
·
Fiber: 15 g
·
Sugar: 6 g
·
Vitamin A: 1734 IU
·
Vitamin C: 44 mg
·
Calcium: 223 mg
·
Iron: 6 mg

Equipment

  • Large Skillet
  • Mixing Bowl
  • 9×13-inch Baking Pan

Recipe Details

Course:
Main Course
Cuisine:
Mexican, Tex-Mex

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