Tacos don’t need to be meaty to be delicious. These hearty vegetarian squash tacos have all the right flavors and textures. The acorn squash is crispy and tender, with a natural sweetness. Avocados add some cool creaminess, and a mayonnaise-based sauce brings in the rich, smoky, savory flavor you’d get from a traditional carnitas taco.
Inspired by Roy Choi’s famous Korean short rib taco, we’ve borrowed a few Asian flavors for our recipe, this time from Japan. Our tacos start with acorn squash that gets sliced into wedges, battered, and then crisped up tempura-style. Pro tip: when creating your tempura batter, be sure to work with cold water. This will keep the final product light and crispy.
After the squash is fried we pair it with a smoky, tangy sauce and a few bright herbs to make a delicious vegetarian filling. The crispy squash pairs beautifully with bright queso fresco and creamy avocado.
Get the recipe: Squash Tacos with Tempura Acorn Squash
We’re serving these vegetarian squash tacos in toasted corn tortillas with a wedge of lime. Heating the tortillas for about 30 seconds per side will bring out their best flavors and texture. To do this, simply place a pan on the stove top over medium-high heat, and toss the tortillas in the pan. Work in small batches. Serve each taco on two tortillas for extra stability and the perfect filling to tortilla ratio.
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