Do you love tacos but wish they were just a tad healthier? These Avocado Taco Boats are the perfect solution! Using the avocado as the “shell”, these delicious tacos allow you to not feel bad about eating another basket of chips and salsa 🙂
Taco Tuesday is a THING in our house! Mexican food is always a crowd please around here. We eat at our local taco joint more times than I care to tell you about 😉 We created this fun dish to turn up the flavor and turn down the tortillas on this classic dinner! The best part of this recipe is the kids love them too and the healthy fats they are getting in the avocados make this mama very happy! Not to mention, look at how cute they are!!! Fun looking food is the most fun to enjoy 🙂
How can you tell if an avocado is ripe?
The first thing I look for to tell if an avocado is ripe is to look at the color. You don’t want your avocado to be too green. A nice darker color is best, but not too dark or brown. This isn’t the only thing to look at when you are choosing the best one. When you gently squeeze the avocado, make sure it also feels a little soft but not mushy. Once you purchase them a few times, you will start to get a good idea of what ripe avocados look and feel like!
Can I use any type of meat?
Absolutely! We tend to always have ground beef or ground turkey on hand so that is what we use. If your preference is chicken or even tofu, you can definitely substitute those in. When mixing one of the choices above with a strong seasoning, like taco seasoning, the meat flavor typically takes a back seat and the hispanic flavors take over! So feel free to customize any way you want!
Ingredients for our Avocado Taco Boats
- Taco meat of your choice (ground beef, chicken, carnitas)
- Black Bean and Corn Salsa
- Sour cream
How to make our Avocado Taco Boats
Preheat oven to 350. Next, prepare your taco meat any way you like. For this recipe, we love to use ground beef and this seasoning! Then, slice your avocados and remove the seed. Carefully scoop out a little of the avocado so we can get as big of a bowl as you want. We like to stuff ours pretty full!
Place a scoopful of your meat in each avocado. Your amount will depend on the size of your “boat”. We used about 1/4 cup in each.
Next, add salsa to each avocado. Make sure to load it up- the more the better!
Top with cheese and place in the oven to allow cheese to melt. This does not take long, so keep an eye on it! It should only take about 2-3 minutes.
Remove from the oven and add a dollop of sour cream to the top of each boat. Serve immediately and enjoy! Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
We hope you give these are try for your next Taco Tuesday or any night of the week. Customize them to each of your families taste buds and you will have them asking for these cute boats week after week! Topping options are unlimited: tomatoes, cilantro, queso, beans.. you can’t go wrong with anything that sounds tasty to you.
- 3 Avocados
- 1 lb Taco meat of your choice (ground beef, chicken, carnitas)
- 2 cups Black Bean and Corn Salsa
- 1 cup Cheese
- 1 cup Sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Next, prepare your taco meat any way you like. For this recipe, we love to use ground beef and our own taco seasoning.
- Then, slice your avocados and remove the seed.
- Place a scoopful of your meat in each avocado. Your amount will depend on the size of your "boat". We used about 1/4 cup in each.
- Next, add salsa to each avocado.
- Top with cheese and place in the oven to allow cheese to melt. This does not take long, so keep an eye on it! It should only take about 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and add a dollop of sour cream to the top of each boat.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 581Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 997mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 11gSugar: 5gProtein: 29g
(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)