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Summer Calabacitas Tacos

During the summer I probably make these calabacitas tacos once or twice a week. (Every mom in Mexico makes calabacitas, it is one of the most common side dishes.) They are super easy to make and they utilize all the wonderful summer produce available at the local farmer’s market. Tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stew together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.

Traditionally calabacitas tacos are topped with crema and cheese. However, this time I have chosen to use avocado instead, but feel free to use my recipe for almond crema and macadamia nut cheese, or top with your favorite vegan cheese. If you would like to make this a heartier meal you can add baked tofu or your favorite beans.

Calabacitas tacos are tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stewed together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.

This week we went back to the Dole pineapple plantation to ride the train. The plantation has a little train that takes you on a tour of the plantation fields. The kids were more than happy to ride around on the train and spend time with their dad, and the view was amazingly beautiful. While at the plantation my husband and I were commenting that we were so ready for the summer to be over. There are so many tourists, everywhere, all the time. More than 8 million people visit Hawaii every year! It can get kind of crowded. I expect that around September or October things will slow down a bit, and we can enjoy some quiet time at the beach. Look at me sounding like a local!

Calabacitas tacos are tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stewed together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.

Calabacitas tacos are tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stewed together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.

Calabacitas tacos are tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stewed together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.

I am in the process of planning the recipes for the next couple of months, and I want to know what YOU would like to see on the blog. There are many wonderful Mexican recipes that still need to be veganized, so tell me about your favorite Mexican dish or food memory and I will try my best to make it vegan and healthy-ish.

The Recipe: Summer Calabacitas Tacos

This has always been one of my favorite recipes and it is great in tacos, or served over rice with lentil picadillo. Enjoy!

Calabacitas tacos are tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stewed together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.

Calabacitas tacos are tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stewed together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.
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Summer Calabacitas Tacos

Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Vegetable broth
  • 1 cup Onion, white, finely diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 ears Corn, large, cut into kernels
  • ¼ cup Vegetable stock or water
  • 2 Zucchini, large, cut into dice
  • 2 cups Tomato, diced (fresh or canned)
  • 10 Corn tortillas
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup Favorite Salsa

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, set to medium heat; sweat the onion in 1/4 cup of vegetable broth for 2 to 3 minutes until onion is translucent.
  2. Add corn and garlic and pour in remaining ¼ cup of vegetable broth, cover and let steam until corn is tender, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  3. Uncover, add zucchini and cook for 3-4 minutes, until it begins to soften.
  4. Add tomato and cook for 5 minutes more, or until all the vegetables are tender.
  5. Season to taste, and serve on warm tortillas with avocado slices and salsa.

Recipe Notes

During the summer I probably make these calabacitas tacos once or twice a week. (Every mom in Mexico makes calabacitas, it is one of the most common side dishes.) They are super easy to make and they utilize all the wonderful summer produce available at the local farmer's market. Tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stew together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.

Traditionally calabacitas tacos are topped with crema and cheese. However, this time I have chosen to use avocado instead, but feel free to use my recipe for almond crema and macadamia nut cheese, or top with your favorite vegan cheese. If you would like to make this a heartier meal you can add baked tofu or your favorite beans.

 

 

 

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25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo

 The Best 25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo

1. Potato and Homemade Chorizo Tacos

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You can make your own chorizo or you can buy it. Find recipe here.

2. Crispy Coconut Lime Baked Cauliflower Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo                        veggieinspiredjourney.com

This cauliflower is not fried, it is baked, and believe it or not it has no oil! Find recipe here.

3. Slow Cooker Pulled Jackfruit Tacos

25 vegan tacos for 5 de mayo                        theedgyveg.com

Marinated jackfruit served on corn tortillas with spicy mango salsa, and cashew lime crema. Find recipe here.

4. Lentil Picadillo Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo   thymeandlove.com

The comforting taste of picadillo without the meat. Find recipe here.

5. Enchilada Sauce Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo                       brownsugarandvanilla.com 

A creative way to use your enchilada sauce for quick weeknight dinner. Find recipe here.

6. Spicy Zucchini and Black Bean Tacos

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Put it together in less than 20 minutes. Find recipe here.

7. Vegan Street Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo                                      welcomingkitchen.com

Made with spiced sweet potatoes and topped with the classics. Find recipe here.

8. Spicy Plantain Black Bean Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayominimalistbaker.com

Sautéed plantains and black beans with a spicy sauce. Find recipe here.

9. Portobello Purple Potato Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayoveggiesdontbite.com

Portobello, purple potatoes, and red onions make the perfect combination. Find recipe here.

10. Bell Pepper Chickpea Tacos & Avocado Chile Sauce

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo                         veggieinspiredjourney.com

Takes only 15 minutes to make! The sauce takes it to another level. Find recipe here.

11. Vegan Breakfast Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo                           thymeandlove.com

Spiced tofu scramble with nopales. Find recipe here.

12. Sweet Potato & Potato Tacos with Tomatillo & Chipotle Sauce

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo                        brownsugarandvanilla.com

Sautéed sweet potatoes and potatoes topped with a smoky tomatillo sauce. Find recipe here.

13. Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Spicy Avocado Lime Crema

25 vegan tacos for 5 de mayo                                 theglowingfridge.com

Spiced roasted cauliflower with a cabbage slaw, white beans, and spicy avocado lime crema. Find recipe here.

14. Veggie Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo                                   loveandlemons.com

Eggplant, bell peppers, summer squash, and a avocado and tomatillo salsa. Find recipe here.

15. Mushroom Garlic Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo                        brownsugarandvanilla.com

Mushrooms sautéed in garlic with a splash of lime juice. Find recipe here.

16. Oven Roasted Seitan Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayothymeandlove.com

Seitan marinated in hibiscus flowers and roasted. Find recipe here.

17. Barbacoa Hearts of Palm Tacos

25 vegan tacos for 5 de mayo         forkandbeans.com

Hearts of palm in a roasted pasilla sauce and a sprinkle of lime juice. Find recipe here.

18. Lentil Mushroom Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo                         veggieinspiredjourney.com

Tacos with “meaty” filling of sautéed mushrooms and lentils. Find recipe here.

19. Sweet Potato & Carrot Tinga Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo                                                             dorastable.com

Shredded carrots and sweet potatoes cooked in a chipotle sauce. Find recipe here.

20. Beer Battered Tofu Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo                                      ohmyveggies.com

Beer battered tofu topped with mango salsa and avocado slices. Find recipe here.

21. Nopales, Black Bean & Potato Taquitos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo                     veggiesdontbite.com

Baked taquitos topped with a smoky taco cream. Find recipe below. 

22. Potato and Roasted Poblano Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo                                                         spiciefoodie.com

Potato and roasted poblano tacos on soft corn tortillas. Find recipe here.

23. Spinach & Chickpea Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayodorastable.com

Sautéed spinach, chickpeas, tomatoes, and garlic on warm corn tortillas. Find recipe here.

24. Crispy Potato Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayothymeandlove.com

Pan fried crispy tacos filled with potatoes and your favorite salsa. Find recipe here.

25. Mushroom Fajita Tacos

25 Vegan Tacos for 5 de Mayo                                                               dorastable.com

Sautéed mushrooms, onion, and peppers, topped with avocado and salsa. Find recipe here.

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Spicy Zucchini and Black Bean Tacos

I am going skiing for the first time! It’s not really my first time, but that one doesn’t count. I was thirteen, a tad pudgy, and not very balanced or graceful. For the life of me I could not figure out how to stop or slow down, and I kept knocking little kids over. This time might be better, I hope. I’m not looking forward to the cold though. Me and the cold are not friends. Give me a hot day, a margarita, some spicy zucchini and black bean tacos, a pool, and I’m set. I’ll try and get my husband to take a video of me falling on my butt, which I’m sure will happen, so you can laugh with me (at me).

These spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make.

Next month I will be going to the We All Grow Summit, a latina blogger conference. I am really excited about it, and I’m hoping to learn a lot, so I can grow the blog. I’m a bit nervous though, I’m not so good with the small talk in large group situations. I have to really push myself to interact, but once I get comfortable you won’t get me to be quiet. Do you have any tips for me?

These spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make.

Mexicans can make a taco out of anything. Tacos are very near and dear to our hearts and they have nothing to do with ground beef, taco seasoning, and a crispy shell. I will say, there are some weird tacos out there, like these ant larvae and egg tacos. I don’t think we are going to get to that level of weird here, but I definitely need more taco recipes.

The Recipe: Spicy Zucchini and Black Bean Tacos

These spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make. Simply sauté onion and garlic, then add the zucchini and the black beans. They are topped with a chile de arbol almond sauce, which gives this dish a decadent and creamy touch. Serve on warm corn tortillas. Enjoy!

These spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make.

These spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make.
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Spicy Zucchini and Black Bean Tacos

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil, optional
  • ½ White Onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Mexican zucchini, large, diced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Black beans, drained

Chile de Arbol Sauce:

  • 2 - 4 Chile de Arbol, dried
  • 1 cup Almonds, raw
  • ½ Onion, white, large
  • 3 cloves Garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 ½ cups Vegetable Stock, Warm
  • 2 tsp. White or champagne vinegar

Instructions

  1. Heat vegetable oil to medium heat in a large sauté pan. Add onion and sweat for 2-3 minutes or until the onion is tender and translucent.
  2. Add the garlic cloves and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the zucchini and cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Add the black beans and mix well. Let cook for 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. To make the sauce: heat a griddle, comal, or cast iron pan to medium-high heat. Toast chiles on each side until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Add the almonds to the pan and toast until golden, about 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  6. Toast the onion, and the garlic until slightly charred, about 4 minutes on each side.
  7. Place the almonds, onion, garlic, and chiles in the blender. Add the warm vegetable stock and 2 tsp. of vinegar. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Sauce should be thick and creamy.

Recipe Notes

Chile de Arbol Sauce recipe adapted from Gran Cocina Latina

 

 

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Vegan Potato and Chorizo Tacos

I’m still recovering from the Christmas and New Year celebrations. I can’t seem to catch up with the kid’s school work or any of my work for that matter. We spent almost 3 weeks in Mexico with my family, and it was incredible, as always. The kids were spoiled rotten by their grandparents and so was I. Since I didn’t have to cook, clean or do laundry while I was there, we spent many hours sitting around in our pijamas, sipping hot tea and chatting, while the kids ran amok like wild animals.

vegan potato and chorizo tacos. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa.

The hubby and I were even able to get away for a couple of days and go to Austin. It had been 6 years since we had been without the kids for more than a day! We kind of fell in love with Austin a little bit. It’s a pretty cool town. Once we got back to California I was so sad. It hurts to be so far away from family, it’s not right. I miss them terribly.

Vegan potato and chorizo tacos. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa.

Vegan potato and chorizo tacos. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa.

However, I did return with a renewed mission or purpose for this blog. My mother (the reason I started this blog) has continued to have health problems. This is motivating me to keep going and to keep creating delicious vegan Mexican recipes that my mom would like to eat, in the hope that maintaining a vegan (plant-based) diet can help improve her health. Just like my mom and I, there are many others who would like to continue eating the foods they love and grew up with without sacrificing their health or the lives of animals. I hope this blog and these recipes can help other Latino families make the transition to a vegan (plant-based) way of life.

My crazy family

my crazy family

The Recipe: Vegan Potato and Chorizo Tacos

This is where these potato and chorizo tacos come in. Potatoes and chorizo or chorizo con papas is traditionally a breakfast dish, but I see no reason why this couldn’t be a good lunch or dinner option. You can use store-bought vegan chorizo or you could make the homemade version. Either way, as soon as you mix the chorizo with the potatoes you will understand why this is such a popular dish in Mexico. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa. Make sure you have good tortillas though. My favorite tortillas right now are the Tortilla Land uncooked corn tortillas. It really is like eating your tortillas recién hechas (just made). Enjoy!

Vegan potato and chorizo tacos. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa.

Potato and chorizo tacos. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa.
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Potato and Chorizo Tacos

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil, optional
  • 1 cup Onion, white, minced
  • 3 cups Potato, peeled, diced
  • 1 cup Vegan chorizo, cooked (see note)
  • 12 Corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Your favorite salsa

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a large sauté pan at medium-low heat. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent, about 10 min. It’s ok if they brown a little bit.
  2. While the onions are cooking, place your cut potatoes in a small saucepot with salted water. Bring the water up to a simmer at high heat. Lower heat to medium and let the potatoes cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Drain the potatoes and add them to the pan with the onion. Turn heat up to medium-high. Cook potatoes and onions for 5 minutes or until the potatoes begin to brown. Add more oil if necessary.
  4. Add cooked chorizo to the pan and mix well. Cook for one more minute.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve with warm tortillas and the salsa of your choice.

Recipe Notes

You can buy vegan chorizo or try this homemade vegan version. 

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