Our garden is bursting with zucchini! To be honest I hate zucchini! When I think zucchini I think the squishy mushy side dish slathered in butter that I was forced to eat as a child (sorry Mom). Tonight I can proudly say I ate zucchini and LOVED it!!! Let me tell you about my latest culinary adventure Primal Zucchini Nachos!
We once made zucchini pizzas. This was the first time I had eaten zucchini since my childhood and I’m not even sure how we ended up with zucchini in the house. They weren’t bad but I wasn’t in love either. It’s not a go to veggie for me at the grocery store but right now my garden is overflowing with them so we need to do something with them. Some are gigantic and honestly what else do you do with gigantic zucchini but slice it up! We started out with the idea of doing another zucchini pizza recipe but my husband wanted Mexican! Thus the zucchini nachos happened! These are delicious and flavorful! I even called them green “chips” and our two year old wolfed them down! They were easy to make and could easily be served during game night as an appetizer or for dinner with extra toppings! They were filling and a fun dinner for families with children who may be fussy with eating their veggies!
Primal Zucchini Nachos
1 very large zucchini sliced about 1/4″ thick (you want them to be able to hold the “fixings” well without falling apart)
1lb local freerange ground chicken (or your choice of ground meat)
Taco Seasoning to flavor meat (1Tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp cumin, dash of cayenne pepper-more if you like spicy, pinch of salt and pepper)
Bacon Grease 1 Tbsp melted
3/4 cup Rawmilk cheese shredded (we chose cheddar)
Any other fixings you may like (Paleo friendly salsa, jalapeños, onion, tomatoes, lettuce, etc. )
1. Preheat oven on Broil-High
2. Toss sliced zucchini in melted bacon grease and salt and pepper to taste set to side
3. Brown meat draining and discarding any excess fat once browned
4. Add in taco seasoning and let simmer
5. While taco meat is simmering heat cast iron skillet on medium high (let preheat at least 5-10min to get a good char on zucchini)
6. Once preheated grill zucchini 2-3 minutes checking regularly for a nice brown char then flip and repeat on opposite side
7. Once charred place zucchini on cooling rack on a baking sheet (keeps zucchini sticking to baking sheet)
8. Top with seasoned meat leaving some room around edges so you can hold your “nachos”
9. Add a small amount of cheese on top of seasoned meat
10. Broil for 3 minutes until cheese has melted
11. Plate and serve with additional fixings. Allow children to top their own nachos making dinner fun!