Coming back from Phoenix I was still feeling the Southwestern vibe and was thinking about avocados, roasted veg and jalapenos – yum, so I thought tacos!
I made roasted veg and beef tacos for my fam but I would have loved these as just veg tacos! As long as you season the veg well – you won’t even miss the meat if you choose to try it sans animaux!
Prep the tacos:
Cut your veg in large chunks – I used red and green peppers, cherry tomatoes (use whole) & green onion (use whole). If I was doing veg tacos, I would add regular and/or sweet potato, butternut squash and beans (canned black or refried beans straight up, no roasting required). Season the veg with salt & pepper and drizzle with a little oil (I use coconut or avocado oil). Roast in a 400 degree oven for 25-30 mins until lightly charred.
Meanwhile, fine dice a 1/4 white onion, one carrot, one celery stalk and 1/2 a yellow or green zucchini. Sweat the veg down with some oil and salt and pepper. Add beef (or roasted veg) and taco seasoning.
Make your own taco seasoning: 1 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder, paprika and dried thyme, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne and/or dried chilies if you like it hot. Season with salt & pepper.
While your filling cooks, make the fun stuff – toppings!
Shred lettuce, dice fresh jalapeno and black olives (open a can of sliced black olives if you’re like me and love them). I also used toasted pumpkin seeds for crunch.
Now the even more fun stuff…
Avocado crema : Mash one ripe avocado with salt & pepper, a squeeze of lime juice and a big scoop of plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream if you prefer).
Purple cabbage slaw: Shred 1/4 of a head of purple cabbage, dice your charred green onions inside and then drizzle some avocado oil, rice wine vinegar & salt and pepper.
Now for the surprise kicker…..fried cheese! Yes you read it right, fried cheese! Before topping your taco, make some fried cheese to go on before all the toppings. On medium heat, melt and fry 1/8 cup grated cheese per person turning only once when it’s nice and melty & getting a little crusty. Remove the cheese to cool then throw it on your tortilla (the corn tortillas are the best)…
Now make your taco!!