Pantry Tacos

This recipe for tacos literally came from what I had on the shelf! These are vegan if you use vegan cheese.

  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can fire roasted chilies
  • Olives
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced red onion
  • Cheese of choose
  • Tortillas, warmed
  • Hot sauce

In a medium pot, combine tomatoes, beans and chilies and cook over medium heat for 15 – 20 minutes, until it thickens – mashing the beans a little.

Scoop into tortillas and top with remaining ingredients.

Serves 4.

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Panko Crunchy Avocado Tacos

Panko crusted avocado tacos – yes – and they are amazing!! You want the avocados to be a little firm. Leave off the cheese and they are vegan.

  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 2 Tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 2 Tbsp plain, unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp each salt + pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 6-8 tortillas
  • 1/2 red onion, very thinly sliced
  • Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Hot Sauce and/or salsa

Preheat oven to 450 degrees , line a baking sheet with parchment paper. whisk together almond milk and oil in a shallow bowl and mixing panko bread crumbs and spices in another shallow bowl.

Halve avocados, remove from skin and slice into 3 equal parts. Each avocado should yield 6 pieces. Repeat until you have 12 pieces.

Dip avocados first into almond-olive oil mixture, then transfer to the panko-spice mixture and use a spoon to gently coat. Carefully transfer to lined baking sheet and repeat until all avocados are coated.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned on the exterior.

Assemble tacos and serve with slaw.

Serves 3 – 4.

Taco Pizza

This recipe comes from Eating Well with a few minor tweaks. I found that 1/2 c a water was not adequate to bring the dough together so I added another 1/2 c. I also added a few more ingredients to the vegetarian delight!

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 c masa harina
  • ½ c sliced scallions
  • ½ – 1 c water
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 can black beans, heated and mashed
  • 1 c shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 2 c shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, thinly sliced
  • ¼ c slivered red onion
  • ½ c pico de gallo or fresh salsa
  • 1/4 c crema
  • Sliced olives

Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Beat eggs in a medium bowl.

Mix in masa, scallions, water, chili powder, garlic powder and salt. Spread evenly on the prepared baking sheet into a 9-by-11-inch oval. Bake the crust until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Spread beans on the crust and sprinkle with cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes more. Top the pizza with romaine, avocado, onion, pico de gallo, olives and cilantro. Drizzle with crema.

Serves 4.

Black Bean and Vegan Chorzio Tacos

Taco Tuesday!! These are packed with veggies and oh so good. It comes together in les than 20 minutes so perfect for a weeknight meal.

Taco Filling:

  • 1 15 oz can fire roasted tomatoes with chilies
  • 6 oz soy chorizo, crumbled
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Taco

  • Tortillas
  • Cheese – vegan or regular
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Combine all filling ingredients in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring several times.

Fill tortillas with filling and top with avocado and cheese.

Serves 4.

Korean Style Tacos

I love dishes I can toss in my pressure cooker and forget it! You can also cook for 6 hours in a slow cooker.

  • 1 14-ounce can pears, drained (fresh pears work, too)
  • 1 two-inch knob of fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 c soy sauce
  • 2 lbs. top sirloin

For the Tacos:

  • chopped cilantro
  • chopped peanuts
  • kimchi
  • Grated carrots
  • Sliced jalapeño
  • Crisp Bibb lettuce leave
  • Corn tortilla

Make the sauce: Pulse pears, ginger, garlic, soy sauce until mostly smooth. Reserve half for later use.

Cook the meat: Trim any fat off the meat and cut into a few large chunks (it will shred, but cutting the meat helps it cook faster). Place in an Instant Pot and cover with half of the sauce. Cook on high pressure (manual) for 45 minutes. Release steam and shred the meat in the Instant Pot with two forks.

Serve and let folks assembly their tacos.

Serves 4.

Cuban Pork Tacos

I love the multicooker! It sautes, pressure cooks and reduces – all in one pot!

  • 8 cloves garlic
  • Juice and zest of one grapefruit
  • Juice and zest of one lime
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp oregano, chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 2 – 3 lb pork shoulder, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Lime wedges
  • Tortillas
  • Romaine, chopped
  • Avocado, sliced thin
  • Tomato salsa

Combine juices, zest, garlic, olive oil, oregano, cumin and salt in a blender and purée till smooth. Pour over pork and let marinade for 4 – 6 hours, turning several times (I just used the pot for the multicooker).

Cook pork for 1 hour and 20 minutes on high pressure. Shred and cook on reduce until most of the juices are absorbed.

Serve with taco fixings.

Serves 6 – 8.

Veggie Tacos

This is from Nopalito – it is amazing! Going to put these into regular rotation for taco Tuesday! You can pretty much use any hearty veggies. You’ll have leftover oil, it will keep in the fridge for several weeks.

  • 3 c diced broccoli
  • 2 c carrots diced
  • 2 c white onions, sliced
  • 2 c butternut squash, cubed
  • 3 c potatoes, cubed
  • 6 tbsp cascabel oil

Cascabel Oil

  • 6 Cascabel chiles, stemmed
  • 2 guajillo chiles, stemmed
  • 1 c grape seed oil
  • 1 clove garlic

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.

Preheat oven to 400. Toss veggies with oil and roast, stirring several times, for 15 – 20 minutes until veggies start to char.

Serve with warmed tortillas and cheese.