Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Seared Mushroom Tacos + Two Salsas

Sweltering weather, Mexican food, the backyard -- now that's the perfect summer dinner. Making the mushroom filling for these little tacos is simple, and if you have time, the Smoky Tomato Salsa and Charred Corn and Avocado Salsa are killer. If you don't have time to make the accompaniments from scratch, just get 'em at the store, and then this dinner will come together in a matter of minutes.

Mushrooms are a great taco filling, and the dried spices are typically things everyone has on hand. If you don't have ancho chili powder in your spice drawer, use whatever chili powder you have. The high heat is key here. It keeps the mushrooms from becoming mushy, and it imparts a great smoky flavor to the whole dish. 

Seared Mushroom Tacos + Two Salsas

Charred Corn and Avocado Salsa (served in the avocado skin)

Simple Smoky Salsa (or your favorite prepared brand)

4 cups quartered mushrooms (white button or baby bella)
1 medium onion (sliced, about 1 cup)
1 medium pobalano pepper (diced, about 1 cup)
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder

1 teaspoon granulated  garlic
1 teaspoon cumin powder
Kosher salt to taste
1 tablespoon white vinegar

2 tablespoons canola oil
about a dozen corn tortillas
1 can refried black beans (or vegetarian refried beans)
1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese
1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt or sour cream

First make the Charred Avocado Salsa and the Simple Smoky Salsa according to the recipes.

In a large bowl, mix the mushrooms, onion, pepper, chili powder, garlic, cumin, salt, and vinegar. Toss to coat. Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Add the canola oil and the mushroom mixture. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes undisturbed, toss, and contine to cook until mushrooms are browned and heated through. Set aside. 

Heat the tortillas  one at a time over an open flame and stack them until ready to assemble the tacos. Place 2 corn tortillas on a plate followed by a generous helping of refried black beans, the mushroom mixture, a sprinkling of cotija cheese, Greek yogurt, and Simple Smoky Salsa. Serve alongside Charred Avocado Salsa. 

As you eat the extras will fall into the second corn tortilla shell. You'll never have to pick up a fork. 
(Makes 6 tacos. Serves 3 to 4 people.)


The Hungry Flexitarian said...

These tacos look amazing! Something about summer heat makes me crave the fresh flavors of salsa and avocado. I love the idea of using the avocado skins as individual salsa bowls.

Eileen said...

Eat all the mushrooms!! :) These tacos sound fantastic.

The Yogi Vegetarian said...

Yum! Now all I need is some good weather :)

Kathryn S. said...

This question is actually in reference to your cookbook, are there pictures for every dish?


Catherine said...

I wish I had these right now! So hungry!French Toast and Wine

The Chubby Vegetarian said...

Katie S., yes, pictures for all except the basic recipes in the back!


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