Zucchini Panga Taco

I saw a photo of a zucchini boat taco on GROCERIZE  (facebook), and knew immediately I would have to make it for the 4th of July neighborhood potluck party.  So here is my easy recipe version for Zucchini Panga (boat) Taco.


zuchinni boat taco


7 zucchini

2 lbs. ground hamburger

1 tomato – diced

1/2 onion – diced

7 oz tomato sauce

7 oz water

1 and 1/2 Tbsp chili powder

2 clove garlic – diced

1 Tbsp gourmet hot sauce (such as Scotty B’s Arch Nemesis)

1 tsp dry Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp cumin

salt and pepper

grated cheese

1 Tbsp olive oil for coating the baking sheet.


Halve the zucchini the long way, and then with a spoon scoop out the seeds and pulp to make a nice trough for taco meat.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread olive oil on the backing sheet and place zucchini halves, cut side down, on baking sheets and bake for 7 to 8 minutes.

In large fry pan, salt and pepper and brown the meat.  Reduce heat and spoon out excess fat grease.

To meat add tomato sauce and water, chili powder, cumin, dry Italian seasoning, garlic and hot sauce.  Stir and then cook to reduce moisture level

Dice the onion and tomato.

With a spatula turn the zucchini up for loading.  Spoon taco meat into each panga (boat).

Transfer zucchini to serving platter and then add the cheese, onion and tomato.

And just like that you are ready to wow your friends with your easy Zucchini Panga Tacos.

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Awesome 4th of July day!  Started the morning power walking, with She Who Must be Obeyed, down to the the gym for a workout.  Then in the afternoon the hood gathered at the beach for a wonderful day in the sun.   Absolutely perfect beach day.

My older son and his girlfriend showed up and eventually we decided to head back to the house and try my home brewed beer.  SUCCESS! The beer was great!

Later that evening we gathered at our neighbor’s house for a potluck party before the fireworks show at the pier.  I think it is very unusual, and special, to have a neighborhood that likes to gather.    Some who have moved away still return for the gatherings.  Sadly, this year the soul of the hood is moving to Texas; like so many others before who have left California for opportunity elsewhere.  They will be dearly missed

The hood seems to have a life of its own.  The rug rats are now in college and high school. The young parents of yesteryear are now a bit older, grayer, and maybe mellower.  Some new young parents have moved into the hood …………….. and so it goes.

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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