If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, sometimes it’s tough to give up these important days of the week – like #TacoTuesday! Although now most restaurants are aware of specific diets I bet your favorite taco joint has something for you on the menu. Spoiler alert: most likely a veggie taco at a restaurant is exactly like it sounds, a taco with veggies (if you’re lucky, maybe some flavorful beans or mushrooms as a base).
For this post, I wanted to show you how to make a quick, flavorful and more healthier taco right at home, without spending $10-$15 on a meal.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 1 cup of chopped Mushrooms
- 1 Zucchini and 1 Squash (chopped)
- 1 chopped Pepper
- 1/2 cup of Bean Sprouts (optional) or rice
- 1/2 can Pinto Beans
- 1/2 can of Black Beans
- 1/2 can of Corn (optional)
- Tortillas or Hard Tacos (6-8 small size tortillas)
- Seasoning for your tacos (salt, pepper, garlic, etc)
- Salsa, Vegan Cheese and Cilantro for your toppings
TOTAL COOK TIME: Less than 20 minutes (makes 6-8 full soft tacos)
First, mix all your chopped veggies (not the beans or toppings) into a large skillet with your choice of oil (I use avocado oil) and cook on medium heat.
After about 10 minutes, the veggies should be cook to standards, now add your desired seasonings to the mix and continue to cook on low. Start to pre-heat the oven if you want to heat up your tortillas (Bake at 450 degrees)
Then toss the beans into the skillet (be sure to strain and wash the beans before hand), by adding these last the mixture won’t get soggy and beans don’t take long to cook.
While your mixture is cooking on low, I like to place my soft tacos in the oven to give them an authentic taco feel with a little bit of a crispy outside. Place in the oven and cook to your desired tortilla texture, I recommend about 5-7min tops.
Now that your tortillas and “taco mixture” is complete, it’s time to dress it up. Feel free to get creative with this, some believe the best part about the taco is the toppings – I’m forced to agree with that 😉
I like to use fresh avocado (smashed with a little lime) and some homemade mango salsa I made the night before. I place those on my warm tortilla first, then my “taco mixture,” topping it off with some vegan cheese and these little guys are ready to take a trip down to my belly!
Taco Tuesday (and any other day that ends in “y”) is a great time to have tacos, something about the day is fun and festive. The great news about being vegetarian is that the natural flavors of all these different veggies bring out a very delicious taste that’s hard to find at a taco joint. So get creative, change up the recipe a little and have fun at home with this, without spending money at your local restaurant.
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