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Mexican Oven Baked Zucchini Recipe

Throughout the site, you’ll find a ton of main course recipes inspired by Mexican cuisine – chicken, pork, beef – anything you’re in the mood for!

Mexican Oven Baked Zucchini

While these are all great Paleo options, traditional Mexican dishes are usually accompanied by some not-so-Paleo-friendly sides (beans, rice, tortillas, etc.) When we think about what to suggest with a Mexican main course, replacements for these dishes – like cauliflower tortillas – usually come up, but making them can be time-consuming and repetitive.

This side dish shows how you can spice things up with a simple vegetable and make a beautiful pairing come together – no “replacement” tortillas needed!

In this dish, your main ingredient is the zucchini, which will be seasoned and simply roasted to perfection. While these vegetables don’t pack in a ton of nutritional content, they do have a respectable amount of some micro-nutrients, including Vitamin C and riboflavin.

They’re also easy on the stomach, making these a good choice for anyone who suffers from digestion issues, especially when eating most vegetables.

When you buy these, try picking them up from a farmer’s market if they’re in season – the taste difference from the ones you find at the grocery store is considerable! While the almond cheese is optional, we recommend using it if you have it.

It brings a different texture element and tanginess to the plate balancing out every bite. Of course, if you happen to incorporate dairy into your diet, cotija would make it extra delicious too!

As stated above, this zucchini dish works well paired with any Mexican main course. Some interesting ones to try include these Mexican-style beef kabobs or this Mexican ribs dish.

Mexican Oven Baked Zucchini Recipe

Serves: 4 Prep: 10 min Cook: 25 min

Ingredients

Mexican Oven Baked Zucchini Recipe PreparationMexican Oven Baked Zucchini Recipe Preparation

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Add the zucchini to a large bowl
  3. Sprinkle in the olive oil, garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Toss everything until well coated and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Serve the zucchini topped with fresh cilantro and almond cheese.
Mexican Oven Baked Zucchini Recipe
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Mexican Oven Baked Zucchini Recipe

Looking for the perfect Mexican side dish? This baked zucchini works wonderfully with any Mexican main course.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword baked, mexican, zucchini
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 167kcal
Cost 5

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 zucchini diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Almond cheese optional
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Add the zucchini to a large bowl
    3 to 4 zucchini
  • Sprinkle in the olive oil, garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper; season with salt and pepper to taste.
    2 garlic cloves, 1 tbsp. chili powder, 2 tsp. paprika, 1/2 tsp. cumin powder, 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/4 cup olive oil, Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Toss everything until well coated and place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Serve the zucchini topped with fresh cilantro and almond cheese.
    Fresh cilantro, Almond cheese

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 532mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2675IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg