An easy dinner meal that frequently makes an appearance on our table is vegetarian tacos! We live in a predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood in Chicago, so we have easy access to some super cheap, yet delicious corn tortillas just a few steps from our door. This makes it especially tempting to make tacos frequently. 🙂 Even though you may think that tacos would be boring without meat, vegetarian tacos can be pretty tasty! We mix it up by changing out the meat with fish, crumbled tempeh, and marinated portobello mushrooms. With just a bit of vegetable chopping and some sauteing, tacos can literally come together in a matter of minutes – making it a great option for those nights when you are tight on time. We usually pair ours with a salad and just maybe, a brew!
Tasty Tempeh Tacos
– Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add about a tablespoon of oil and toss in some chopped onion and bell pepper. Once the onion begins to become translucent, add crumbled tempeh and 1-2 teaspoons of taco seasoning OR 1/4 cup chopped, canned chipotle peppers in sauce and 1/2 teaspoon cumin. Toss and cook until tempeh begins to brown.
-These are great for using up leftover fish! Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add a tablespoon of oil. Toss in some chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook until onion is translucent. Add 1-2 fillets of flaked, cooked mild-flavored fish (think tilapia) and 1-2 teaspoons of taco seasoning. Cook until fish is warmed through.
“Holy Mole” Mushroom Tacos
-Chop 1 pound of portobello mushrooms. Toss with 1/4 cup mole sauce. Add a dash of hot sauce and 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Toss together until mushrooms are coated with sauce. Cover and let marinate in the fridge for 1-4 hours. When ready to cook, spread the mushrooms out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Cook under a broiler on high for 5-7 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings.
Our Favorite Taco Toppings:
- Cheddar cheese or queso fresco
- Sour Cream
- Homemade pico de gallo
- Avocado or guacomole
- Chopped Tomatoes
- Hot sauce
What about you, do you have a favorite way to prepare tacos?