Vegetarian Tacos with Spicy Crema

 

Vegetarian tacos with spicy crema. Fresh veggies sauteed and stuffed into a crunchy delicious taco topped with creamy queso fresco ohsweetbasil.com

 

Meat is a major part of our lives in my family, but  we love vegetarian options as well. Just because you are not vegan or vegetarian doesn’t mean that you can’t have vegetarian meals. In fact, with all of the different vegetables and flavors in these vegetarian tacos you really have no need for meat at all. Old El Paso asked a few bloggers to come up with a fun recipe using their seasoning and I already had this recipe in mind so it was a perfect fit. I love Old El Paso and they’ve helped me create a few favorites already like, Deep Fried 7 Layer Dip Taquitos, Enchilada Style Meatloaf, Sweet Pork Taco Bowls, and coming soon, the most authentic copycat Cafe Rio Pork recipe ever. Stay tuned.

 

Vegetarian tacos with spicy crema. Fresh veggies sauteed and stuffed into a crunchy delicious taco topped with creamy queso fresco ohsweetbasil.com

 

Growing up we always had meat for dinner. Pretty much every single night. I didn’t think anything of it then, but now that I’m older I realize that I need that break from meat every now and again. Plus, most people don’t get anywhere near the amount of vegetables that they should, so vegetarian dishes one or more times a week is the perfect way to at least try to incorporate more vitamins and minerals into your diet through good foods.

 

Vegetarian tacos with spicy crema. Fresh veggies sauteed and stuffed into a crunchy delicious taco topped with creamy queso fresco ohsweetbasil.com

 

Now that we’ve been mixing things up with vegetarian options for a few years I’ve found that meat every single day actually weighs me down and I don’t feel as healthy. Don’t get me wrong, again I love meat, but our bodies crave balance and meat every single night does not provide that. In fact eating it sparingly and in proper proportions is healthier for you so that your body can get a wide variety of nutrients. Vegetables on the other hand, well you can just go to town with those. Eat as many fruits and veggies a day as you can and you’ll find yourself fighting off more colds, illnesses and feeling better in your overall health.

 

Vegetarian tacos with spicy crema. Fresh veggies sauteed and stuffed into a crunchy delicious taco topped with creamy queso fresco ohsweetbasil.com

 

And of course I have to mention the kiddos. Yes, vegetarian options can be trickier with some kids, but you need not fear. We’ve found that if we continue to offer the same foods again and again that our children will eventually try it. In fact

 

Vegetarian tacos with spicy crema. Fresh veggies sauteed and stuffed into a crunchy delicious taco topped with creamy queso fresco ohsweetbasil.com

 

What Is Crema?

Crema  is a Mexican dairy product prepared with heavy cream and buttermilk.

Salt and lime juice may also be used in its preparation.

 

What Could You Substitute for Crema?

Plain yogurt offers a tangy flavor similar to crema.

However, yogurt cannot be used at high temperatures like creme can, because it may separate.

 

Are Corn Tortillas Gluten Free?

Corn tortillas today are made from masa harina, a special type of corn flour.

Masa harina is naturally gluten free, however, cross contamination could occur if the tortillas are manufactured in a facility that manufactures gluten products.

 

 

Vegetarian Tacos with Spicy Crema

Vegetarian Tacos with Spicy Crema

Ingredients:

  • Old El Paso Hard Taco Shells
  • 1 Tablespoon Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
  • 1 each of red, green, and yellow bell peppers
  • 1 pint baby bellas mushrooms
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 small yellow squash, chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Queso Fresco
  • Cilantro
  • Lime, chopped
  • 1 Romaine lettuce leaf, chopped into fine strips

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup crema or sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Queso Fresco and cilantro for garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Add the taco seasoning,peppers, onions, mushrooms, zucchini and squash and cook for 8-10 minutes or until tender..
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix together the crema and seasonings.
  4. Place the veggies in each taco shell, top with a sprinkling of cheese, cilantro, a squirt of lime, and drizzle with crema.
  5. Add the lettuce strips and serve immediately

Crema can be found with the mexican cheese in a jar like container. It’s much like a sour cream so if all else fails please just substitute sour cream

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 tacos, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 92 Calories
  • Total Fat: 4.1g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Carbohydrates: 13.4g
  • Fiber: 2.3g
  • Sugar: 2.1g
  • Protein: 2.5g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

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19 comments on “Vegetarian Tacos with Spicy Crema”

  1. The picture shows crumbly cheese but recipe says sour cream. .? I was hoping for crumbly vegan cheese recipe….

    • Hi Jill, the sour cream is for the crema sauce, but I’m sure you could use a vegan cream and it would be great. The crumbly cheese is queso fresco and can be skipped if needed.

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  5. I love having vegetarian tacos – there are so many options out there! This one looks wonderful!

  6. This taco recipe is PERFECT!! I love that you put zucchini and squash in them 🙂

  7. I completely agree with you! meat is great but so are vegetarian options, we tend to only eat meat once a week now. I love the look of these tacos!

  8. These tacos sound incredible! Ive been trying to incorporate more vegetarian dishes in our house! These will definitely be added to the list!

  9. These look incredible! Definitely right up my alley. I love seeing meat eaters post vegan/vegetarian dishes!

  10. I love meals like this! Especially now with all the fresh summer produce – you can’t go wrong with a veggie-focused meal! Can’t wait to try the spicy crema! Sounds like a great addition!

  11. We are carnivores here to but I love roasted veggies and stuff it in a tortilla and I am good!! This looks amazing and I need to try their taco seasoning.

  12. I love veggie tacos! So many amazing veggies crammed inside these flavorful tacos – and the crema adds a little something extra. These look and sound amazing!

  13. Love El Paso Products. Within the past year I’ve started trying things without meat and I love it,

  14. I will always go for veggie tacos. Love these!

  15. Love these, Carrian! Well we are meet eaters too, I also love including vegetarian meals into our dinners as well. They are always so delicious and these tacos sound no different! I love them!