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Leftover Chili Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Leftover Chili Stuffed Zucchini Boats - great way to use up leftover chili, low carb and very filling. Great for anyone trying to lose weight!

I love cooking up a big pot of chili, pretty much any time of the year. But something about fall, football and busy school schedules make chili a wonderful option and go to meal for me right about now. I usually like to make it over the weekend and enjoy leftovers throughout the week (easy lunches!). Last week I went outside of my box and got a little creative for dinner and made these Leftover Chili Stuffed Zucchini Boats.

Leftover Chili Stuffed Zucchini Boats

My husband and I LOVED these chili stuffed zucchini boats. I actually prepped and baked them earlier in the day so that we could just quickly warm it up that night for an easy dinner (it was one of those nights where we were all eating at different times because of work, sports, etc). I need more of these meals in my life.

I tend to have plenty of leftover chili (usually turkey chili) when I make it, sometimes even in the freezer. This was a great (healthy and low carb) way to use it up, other than how I usually eat my leftover chili – in a bowl. 🙂

Leftover Chili Stuffed Zucchini Boats - great way to use up leftover chili, low carb and very filling. Great for anyone trying to lose weight!

Browse through this collection of 35 Chili Recipes for Fall to get yourself in the chili making mood!

Print Recipe

Leftover Chili Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Yield: 2 large portions or 4 smaller portions


  • 2 whole zucchinis, trimmed, halved and insides scooped out
  • nonstick spray
  • coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup leftover chili (I like
  • 1/4 cup - 1/3 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • Optional Toppings: chopped cilantro, Greek yogurt or sour cream, chopped green onion, hot sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease a glass baking dish with nonstick spray (or a little oil). Lay zucchini halves in glass dish. Season inside of zucchini halves with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Spoon 1/4 cup chili evenly into each zucchini half. Bake, covered, for 25 minutes - 30 minutes (zucchini will be fork tender).
  4. Spread shredded cheese evenly over zucchini halves and bake for another 5-7 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve immediately with optional toppings.

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9 Responses to “Leftover Chili Stuffed Zucchini Boats”

  1. Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition posted September 14, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Genius idea Aggie!!! I made chili this weekend and now I know what to do with all the leftovers 🙂 My hubby thanks you lol!

  2. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain posted September 14, 2015 at 9:58 am

    We have leftover chili and zucchini in the fridge! Thanks for solving my dinner dilemma! 

  3. rachel @ atheltic avocado posted September 14, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    zucchini boats are the best dinner ever! these look great!

  4. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted September 14, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    We just threw a huge birthday party for Asher and had a big chili bar so guess what my fridge is stocked with? CHILI! What a genius idea friend!! 

  5. Min posted September 14, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I’ve already lost my husband to fantasy football :(. He also asked me to make some chili so I guess it is true – football + chili are close buddies ;). I also have the most delicious zucchini from the farmers market (I seriously adore the farmers I purchase them from). So yup..this is definitely happening very soon ;).

  6. Loraine Keulder posted September 15, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Hi please send me a recipe how to make a chili pot. I have never made one and would love to try it with the zucchini. In South Africa braai (you call it barbeque) when we watch rugby.


  7. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted September 15, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I am totally loving this. Another great way to eat more awesome chili!!

  8. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted September 18, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    This might be the best use of leftover chili I have seen.

  9. Rami @ Tasteaholics posted September 20, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Love the idea of zucchini boats! These look fantastic 😀 Pinned

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