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Grilled Zucchini Nachos

Grilled Zucchini Nachos-use zucchini as the chips and top with all of your favorite nacho toppings! A great recipe to use up the summer zucchini! 

Grilled Zucchini Nachos Recipe on A great way to use up the summer zucchini!

It’s zucchini season! I know some people try to hide under their covers to avoid answering the door when neighbors stop by with zucchini, but I jump for joy. I will accept any and all zucchini with a big smile. If you need our address, just let me know. Our garden unfortunately hasn’t gave birth to any zucchini yet.

So what should you do with your collection of zucchini? I love using zucchini to make salads, bread, brownies, cupcakes, and cookies! I  also highly recommend you make Grilled Zucchini Nachos. Yep, you heard me, zucchini nachos! Oh, yeah!

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We have made Grilled Nachos before with tortilla chips, but since it is zucchini season, I thought it would be fun to use zucchini as the chips! Plus, I love the idea of a healthy chip! Bring on the veggies!


Grilled Zucchini Nachos are easy to make and you don’t have to turn on the oven. Cut the zucchini into rounds, aka chips, and grill them until they are tender. Sprinkle cheese over the zucchini chips and grill until melted. Look at that cheesy goodness!

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Remove the cheesy zucchini chips from the grill and top with all of your favorite nacho toppings! We topped ours with black beans, garden tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, green onion, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

I will be honest, when I told Josh we were having Grilled Zucchini Nachos for dinner. He asked why I had to go and “healthify” nachos. I told him to not judge my nachos until he tried them. Well, he not only tried them, but he ate more than his fair share. He loved them! Once again, I surprised Josh with my healthy and delicious creation:)

Put your garden zucchini to good use, make Grilled Zucchini Nachos. And if your neighbors knock on your door with a bag of zucchini, get out from under the covers, open the door, say thank you, and make Grilled Zucchini Nachos.

And if you have an obscene amount of zucchini to use up, check out these 35 Zucchini Recipes. Don’t let your zucchini go to waste!

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Grilled Zucchini Nachos

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 16 minutes

Grilled zucchini rounds turned into chips and topped with all of your favorite nacho toppings! Grilled Zucchini Nachos are a great way to use up your summer zucchini!


4 small zucchini, sliced into "chips," about 1/4 inch thick rounds
Olive oil, for brushing zucchini chips
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 small tomatoes, chopped
1 large avocado, chopped, seed removed
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 lime


1. Put the sliced zucchini chips into a large bowl and toss with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place zucchini on a a grill pan or directly on a hot grill, over medium heat. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Sprinkle cheese directly over zucchini chips and cook until cheese is melted, about 1 minute.

2. Remove zucchini from grill and place on a platter or onto plates. Top with black beans, tomatoes, avocado, green onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Serve immediately.

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125 Responses to “Grilled Zucchini Nachos”

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  1. Laura | My Little Gourmet — August 14, 2013 @ 4:41 am

    Since I live in the city I have yet to have a neighbor stop by and offer me some home-grown zucchini. :( But I think I will have to make a run to the store and buy my own so I can try out these ingenious nachos! Love this idea and I think my 2-year-old would absolutely gobble these up. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts — August 14, 2013 @ 7:36 am

    That’s brilliant-I’ve done eggplant chips, but not zucchini, in the oven before. But to take zucchini and top it with cheese and all the fixings? Very inspired.
    Your photos are lovely.
    Thank you!

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 14, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    I love the idea of zucchini nachos! What a fun dinner idea!

  4. Kayley Maybe — August 14, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    Can you believe I’m having trouble finding zucchini??? My friends’ gardens have blossoms but no zucchini yet, and the grocery store was out!

  5. Marie @ Little Kitchie — August 14, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    Such a great idea to use up summer zucchini and get a healthy twist on one of my favorite comfort foods!

  6. Cookbook Queen — August 14, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    This is definitely the best zucchini recipe I have seen, Maria!! I’ll eat it every day if it’s like this!!

  7. Melanie @ — August 14, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    Oh my. Those look delicious. There can never be enough recipes for zucchini!

  8. Tieghan — August 14, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    AMAZING! Best zucchini recipe I have seen in a while!! Now, I need some neighbors to bring me zucchini!!

  9. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — August 14, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    Love this idea! I need to make this today!

  10. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — August 14, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    Fun, tasty and healthy!

  11. Erica — August 14, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Great idea! I like doing this with jicama too. Has a nice crunch to it!

  12. Aggie — August 14, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    You know I love this! I can eat a whole plate!

  13. Cookin Canuck — August 14, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Guilt-free nachos! What a great idea, Maria. This would be a perfect option for football season, too.

  14. Ali | Gimme Some Oven — August 14, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    Oh my gosh — BRILLIANT idea, Maria! I totally want to make these on our grill — especially for my gluten-free friends. So fun! :)

  15. Monica McGuiness — August 14, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    What a colorful recipes. I am always looking for ways to use up my zucchini and this is a top 5.

  16. Julie @ Table for Two — August 14, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    LOVE this alternative to using up zucchini! how creative!

  17. Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 14, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Geeeeeeeet out. I’d pay rent to live on your tongue.

  18. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — August 14, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    This is a brilliant idea! I bet my kids would like zucchini a lot more if I smothered it in cheese and other nacho toppings. Totally brilliant!

  19. Kalyn — August 14, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    What a great idea; so creative!

  20. HeatherChristo — August 14, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    What a GREAT idea!! I love how you always come up with the most inventive healthy recipes!

  21. Angie | Big Bear's Wife — August 14, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    Grilled Zucchini! One of my favorite grilled vegetables! Those sounds amazing as nachos!

  22. These nachos are pure genius! Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  23. Emilu Loving — August 14, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    Great Idea!! Where did you get your dish you served these in??? SO CUTE!!

    • Two Peas replied: — August 14th, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

      I can’t remember! Sorry! We’ve had them for years!

  24. Abbie @ Needs Salt — August 14, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    This looks fabulous!! I love grilled zucchini. Gorgeous photos! :)

  25. What a fabulous idea! You get to have nachos for dinner, and not really feel guilty about it! LOVE zucchini, but my garden has only given me 2 of them :(

  26. Des — August 14, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    Um….this is genius. Just genius.

  27. marcie — August 14, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    I would be just as happy or happier to eat nachos with grilled zucchini than the traditional way. Lovely idea, and I want to make this very soon!

  28. naomi — August 14, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    It’s a skinny nacho!!!! Awesome.

  29. marla — August 14, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    Love this healthy & colorful meal :)

  30. Andrea — August 14, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    I love zucchini! And right now the zucchinis are so beautiful. I will definitely try this recipe soon! I actually posted a zucchini recipe this week too:

  31. DessertForTwo — August 14, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    What a great idea to use up zucchini! You’re the best at easy, vegetarian recipes! :)

  32. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 14, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

    What an amazing, healthy way to have nachos! You are a genius!

  33. Ash-foodfashionparty — August 14, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

    A great way and the best nachos, so beautiful too.

  34. Laura — August 14, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

    Such a creative way to use Zucchini! Yay healthy nachos :)

  35. Emily @ Life on Food — August 15, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    Nachos are my diet downfall. This is a wonderful way to healthify them.

  36. ashley - Baker by Nature — August 15, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    Oh my goodness, lady, this is genius!!! Must try these very, very soon!

  37. Kristen — August 15, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    Oh my, Maria – these are brilliant!

  38. Rebecca Cooper — August 15, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    I love zucchini…these look delicious! :)

  39. gina @ skinnytaste — August 15, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    Yummy! Love this idea Maria!!

  40. aida mollenkamp — August 15, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

    Such a genius idea, Maria!

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