Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Zucchini Boats

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Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Zucchini Boats-if you like enchiladas, you will LOVE this healthy zucchini version. It is one of our family’s favorite meals. 

Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Zucchini Boats

Stop what you are doing, grab your pile of zucchini, and make these Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Zucchini Boats. I made these zucchini boats for dinner last week and they were a home run. All of my boys devoured the boats.

Josh loves enchiladas, so I knew he would love them, but I was a little worried about the younger boys. You never know what they will eat. Well, I told them they were enchilada zucchini BOATS and they immediately dug in. Of course, they started pretending that their boats were racing and that they were going fishing, but that didn’t bug me. I love their little imaginations and I loved that they were eating a healthy, vegetable loaded dinner without whining. SCORE!

Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Zucchini Boats Recipe

I love this recipe because it uses up a ton of zucchini. I used seven medium zucchini to make two 9×13 pans. You may think that sounds like a lot, but trust me, you are going to want a lot of this dish. It is SO good.

If you don’t need a lot, you can halve the recipe, but I highly recommend making the whole recipe. You can eat leftovers, freeze a pan, or give a pan to a friend. I gave one pan to my friend and she text me that night to tell me that her kids LOVED the recipe. YAY!

Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Zucchini Boats Recipe

To make the zucchini boats, you hollow out the zucchini and stuff them with a tasty black bean and quinoa mixture. Add enchilada sauce, shredded cheese, and bake until bubbly!

Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Zucchini Boats Recipe

Remove from the oven and DIVE in! You will be instantly blown away by the deliciousness.

This recipe reminds me of our Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake, which is the most popular recipe on our site, so if you love that one, I bet you will love this one too!

Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Zucchini Boats Recipe

Put Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Zucchini Boats on your dinner menu ASAP. This recipe perfect for zucchini season and sure to become a family favorite.

If you are looking for more zucchini recipes, check out our favorite zucchini recipes here.

Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Zucchini Boats Recipe

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Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Zucchini Boats

These easy enchilada zucchini boats are guaranteed to be a family favorite meal! Add them to your dinner menu ASAP!
4.75 from 8 votes


  • 7 medium zucchini cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 small red bell pepper seeds removed and diced
  • 1 ear sweet corn kernels cut off the cob (or 1 cup frozen corn)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 10-ounce can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend or Cheddar cheese


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Using a small spoon, hollow out the center of the zucchini halves, leaving 1/4-inch thick shell on each half. Chop the scooped out zucchini flesh and set aside 1 cup to use in the filling. Drop zucchini halves in boiling water and cook 1 minute. Remove from water and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Squeeze the 1 cup of zucchini filling in a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Stir in the zucchini, garlic, red pepper, corn, chili powder, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the black beans and quinoa. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Stir in ½ cup of the shredded cheese and ½ cup of the enchilada sauce.
  • Spray two 9x13 baking dishes with nonstick cooking spray. Drizzle a little bit of the enchilada sauce at the bottom of each pan. Place the hollowed out zucchini cut side up in the dish. Using a spoon, fill the zucchini equally with the black bean and quinoa filling, pressing firmly so it stays in the zucchini. Drizzle the remaining enchilada sauce over the filled zucchini. Sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly over the top.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through. Serve warm.
  • Note-you can halve this recipe. This recipe reheats and freezes well.

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  1. So good! There has been so much great zucchini this year! This will  be perfect for me to use up what I have left!

  2. I cannot get enough of stuffed zucchini recipes! This recipe looks amazing and I am definitely trying this soon!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Going to try this tonight, yet I have one question, will this work with yellow squash? I”m going to try both, yet I have more yellow squash than green.

  4. 5 stars
    Awesome Information sharing .. I am extremely cheerful to peruse this article .. much obliged for giving us experience info.

  5. So many people commented on this, but I didn’t see anyone that made it? AMAZING! I made it last night. I cut the recipe in half cuz I was in a hurry. I wish I DIDN’T. I wanted to freeze some and my honey said he was eating the rest tonight! I had a little of the mix left over and put it in tortilla shells for our lunch today. Can’t wait to eat! Thank you for sharing! I have passed this to my sister also, since I sent her a picture of it last night!

    1. THANK YOU Mary for actually reviewing it AFTER you’ve MADE it. This is my first time on this site and I was disappointed & surprised at how many reviews are based on the aesthetics of the recipe,
      ha ha. What about taste?
      Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!!
    My husband ate 5 boats in one go. Don’t skimp or cut the recipe in half… you’ll be sorry there aren’t more to go around.
    My only suggestion is to get 2 cans of enchilada sauce. We like them saucy! Also I skipoed the parboil step… I just added about 10 more minutes to the oven time.

  7. Made this (minus the cilantro) and it was really great! However, I will say give yourself an hour of prep time… it took quite a while to put together!

  8. 5 stars
    Delicious! Love! Another great healthy vegetarian recipe from Maria. I halved the filling recipe for four medium zucchini and it was perfect.