Veggie Tacos with Avocado-Tomatillo Sauce Recipe – Love and Lemons


Roasted Vegetable Tacos with Creamy Avocado Tomatillo Salsa / loveandlemons.com


I know – another taco recipe already? Well, I like tacos. I’m sure you do too because you are here after all. In all honesty, these were originally going to become enchiladas until I stopped short. Which is why they’re in a baking pan. Plus, it was a convenient way to get floppy tacos to stand up for the photo.

The plan was to make something similar to this creamy poblano enchilada sauce, but using avocados, pepitas, spinach and tomatillo salsa instead (see below, you can use store-bought salsa if you don’t have tomatillos). The end result? It’s like a tangy creamy pesto and I couldn’t stop eating it straight from the food processor with a spoon.

It’s so fresh and bright and I knew I’d wreck it if I tried to cook it. So taco night it was – with extra green sauce on the side.


Creamy Avocado Tomatillo Salsa / loveandlemons.com


I roasted patty pan squash, eggplant, a red pepper, and cherry tomatoes. But you can roast whatever vegetables you have – anything goes. If you’re craving fall foods, roasted sweet potatoes would be delicious here instead. I stuffed my tacos with black beans and topped them with serrano slices and a little cotija cheese. Skip the cheese if you’re vegan, (it’s not all that necessary).


Roasted Vegetable Tacos with Creamy Avocado Tomatillo Salsa / loveandlemons.com


This taco recipe serves about two with lots of extra sauce – double your taco count to serve four. Or save the leftover sauce and eat it yourself the next day.


Roasted Vegetable Tacos with Creamy Avocado Tomatillo Salsa / loveandlemons.com



Veggie Tacos with Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

  • 1 small Japanese eggplant, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped summer squash (yellow, pattypan, or zucchini)
  • 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 cup cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • handful of cilantro
  • 1 serrano pepper, sliced (optional)
  • crumbled cotija cheese (optional)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup store-bought or homemade tomatillo salsa
  • ¼ cup pepitas
  • ½ avocado
  • handful of spinach
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • squeezes of lime, to taste
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the chopped eggplant, squash, red pepper and tomatoes onto the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and pinches of salt and pepper and roast until golden brown around the edges 25-30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make your sauce. In a food processor, blend together the tomatillo salsa, pepitas, avocado, spinach, olive oil, lime juice and pinches of salt and pepper, to taste. Chill until ready to use.
  3. Assemble the tacos with the black beans, roasted vegetables, diced avocado, cilantro, serrano, cotija (if using), and a generous scoop of the avocado tomatillo sauce. Serve with extra sauce on the side.
  4. Store extra sauce in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.

Vegan: skip the cotija cheese
Gluten free: use corn tortillas

 


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