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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

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

Vegetarian Tacos with Spicy Crema

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 tacos
These vegetarian tacos are so packed with flavor you won't miss the meat!


  • Old El Paso Hard Taco Shells
  • 1 Tablespoon Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
  • 3 Bell Peppers red, green, and yellow - 1 of each
  • 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


  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Add the taco seasoning,peppers, onions, mushrooms, zucchini and squash and cook for 8-10 minutes or until tender..
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix together the crema and seasonings.
  • Place the veggies in each taco shell, top with a sprinkling of cheese, cilantro, a squirt of lime, and drizzle with crema.
  • 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 Facts
Vegetarian Tacos with Spicy Crema
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 85 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 128mg6%
Potassium 578mg17%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 2579IU52%
Vitamin C 90mg109%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

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

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

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  • 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!

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

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

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    • Heck yes, because they are so delicious! I thnk everyone should do vegetarian dishes throughout the week!

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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    • Thanks my dear!!! I adore all of your recipes so that’s a huge compliment!

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

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    • Isn’t it so funny that we haveto start trying things without meat? Haha, growing up we never ate meatless unless it was pb&j or french toast! haha

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

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  • 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!

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