My family loves taco night. We have tacos almost every week. But since I’ve become a vegetarian it’s been hard for me to find something that I love as much as our old stand by steak taco. Until now.
If you’re not a huge fan of mushrooms (than you’re probably not reading this), you can also swap out the mushrooms out for sweet potatoes (I know, right, yum…. so feel free to add them to this too if that sounds good). This is a really flexible recipe.
The star component to the dish is the avocado puree. It calls for an entire head of cilantro. When you first add it to you blender you’re going to think, man this girl is crazy, this does not make sense. But just go with it. Add thew whole thing in there. No need to pull those cute leaves off the stem. Just add it all to the blender.
The cilantro with the combination of the lime and garlic all blended up together makes this beautiful tangy, almost mouse like puree. It’s kind of addicting. I usually make a double batch and then add it on sandwiches, wraps, salads, whatever. It makes a pretty ridiculous dip too. So feel free to put some in a little bowl next to your chips and much away. It’s that good.
Mushroom/Black bean filling
Over medium heat and a skillet, heat 1 tbs of olive oil
add portabella mushroom caps, toss once ensuring all slices are coated with olive oil. Return skillet to heat and let mushrooms cook without touching.
Once mushrooms have browned, toss and allow mushrooms to continue to cook
Add sliced shallots and cook until carmelized
Add black beans, garlic and cumin. Lower heat to low. Only cook until beans are warmed through and you can smell the garlic. Do not overcook at this point
Add salt and pepper to taste (do not add salt too early in while cooking the mushrooms or they will release their juices too early
In a vitamix, or other high speed blender, add avocado, the entire bunch of cilantro, garlic, zest and juice of one lime, 2 tbs. of olive oil, and a a few tbs of water. Blend on low/medium speed
If the mixture is not incorporating easily, add another tbs of olive oil and water.
Let blender run for 30 seconds, but be mindful to not overheat the avocado
Place mixture in a bowl. Add more lime zest/juice to taste. Add salt/pepper to taste
Red cabbage slaw
in a bowl combine shredded cabbage, lime juice, cilantro. Mix.
Add salt/pepper to taste
Heat taco shell in a dry skillet (either corn or flour tortillas work great for this) until it bubbles/browns
Remove from heat
Place a spoonful of avocado mixture along the center line of the shell
Spoon about 1/4 cup of the mushroom/bean fillling over avocado sauce
on top add cabbage slaw.
Fold and enjoy
Avocado sauce and slaw can be made in advance and can last in the fridge for a few days.