Mushrooms are a great substitute for meat and these tacos do not disappoint in the flavor department.
Have you had a taco worth dying for? Apparently I have. I got a story. Want to hear it? Well here it go.
So I decided to visit Chicago last week. I had a business meeting and I also just wanted to hang out with my girl friends a bit. On Friday, I worked from a cute little cafe in Wicker Park. For lunch I decided to grab a few tacos from Big Star on my way to my next destination. I got my tacos “to-go” and got on the CTA Blue Line. I got on at Damen and knew that I had only two stops before it was time to get off on Chicago. Nevertheless, I got wrapped up in instagram and wasn’t paying attention to the trip. BAD IDEA.
The Blue Line stopped at Chicago and like clockwork the pleasant automated lady’s voice announced the stop over the intercom system. People rushed around me to get off but I didn’t. Why? Because instead of using my ears, I was using my super sassy index finger to scroll through insta on a “liking” spree.
For some reason I took a breather and looked up, all to realize we were parked at my stop. I quickly grabbed my bag of food and ran towards the closing doors. I was fast enough to put my hand in the door, thinking that it would signal the door to open back up … it didn’t. Not only did the door close on my hand, repeatedly, but the Blue Line started slowly moving. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the hand that was stuck in the door was the one holding my bag of food!!! Insert “HELL TO THE NAH” song.
The next series of events happened quickly but I will describe them as I know them to be true. I looked at my bag of food, caught on the outside of the door, in despair and thought, “I’M NOT LETTING GO, I WON’T GIVE UP ON YOU.” I saw people on the outside of the train chuckling at my expense. My heart was beating fast at the thought of losing all this food I had just paid for, not to mention, I really had my heart set on trying the Taco De Zanahorias.
I heard someone say, “let go of the bag!” My immediate response was not to let go but to give them the death stare for saying something so preposterous. All the while a striking young man comes to my rescue and hits some magical button that stops the train and releases the jaw-clenching grip of the door. I say thank you, and after which secure the bag of food, calmly walk off the Blue Line, with my head lifted high and adorning the biggest smile knowing that I was still about to eat.
Were my priorities mixed up in the moment? Pretty much. Could I have almost died or lost my hand? Quite possibly. But had I not committed to keeping that food, you my friend, would not have benefited from this week’s inspired Taco Tuesday recipes. BLOOP! Since I am eating vegetarian for the Mission: Get It Right, Get It Tight, Health Challenge I shared my recipes for the 3 amazing vegetarian tacos that I made this week. Are my vegetarian taco creations worth dying for? I think so, but you be the judge!
Sauteed Chipotle Mushroom Taco
A blend of crimini and portobello mushrooms, sauteed in chipotle adobo sauce, lime juice and sour cream. Served on top of warm corn tortilla with tossed mesclun greens and crumbled cotija cheese. Yum Yum!
What's the difference between cremini and white mushrooms?
There are only a couple small differences between the cremini mushroom and the white mushroom. Though they are in the same species (Agaricus bisporus), the Cremini is the larger and brown version of the smaller white mushroom.
Are Baby Bella and cremini mushrooms the same?
Actually, there are a massive variety of mushroom types and categories. However, Baby Bella Mushrooms just happens to be a type of cremini mushroom. The cremini/baby bella mushrooms are in the same Agaricus Bisporus mushroom species like the button/white mushroom. Cremini is just a variety of the species. The Portabella Mushroom is a type of cremini mushroom, and the baby bella is, just as the name suggests, a young version of the Portabella.
What is Cotija Cheese?
Cotija is a Hispanic-style cheese named after the town of Cotija in the Mexican state of Michoacán. This hard, crumbly Mexican cheese is made mainly from cow’s milk. When the cheese is made, it is white, fresh, and salty, thus bearing an immense resemblance to feta cheese.
What are canned chipotles in adobo, and where can I get it?
Can chipotles in adobo are dried jalapeno peppers smoked and canned with tomato sauce and other spices. You can use this mixture to add a kick to your dishes and sauces. You can even make your own chipotle mayo by simply adding a bit to mayo and combine. You can usually find canned chipotles in adobo on the ethnic or Latin food aisle at your local grocery store or from any Latin market.
- Chipotle Sauteed Mushrooms
- 8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 2 large Portobello mushroom caps thinly sliced
- 3 teaspoons sauce from canned chipotles in adobo
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sour cream
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- salt to taste
- chipotle sautéed mushrooms
- 4 corn tortillas warm
- 1½ cup mesclun greens
- 1 cup queso fresco or cotija cheese crumbled
- ¼ tablespoon olive oil
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in a medium skillet and add in all sliced mushrooms. Cook mushrooms browned and excess fluid has evaporated (approx. 10 minutes on medium heat). Add salt to taste.
- Get sauce (not the actual chipotles) out of the canned chipotles in adobo and add it to the pan. Add in the sour cream and lemon juice and stir. Cook down for 5 minutes
- Serve sauteed mushrooms on top of warm tortillas with crumbled queso fresco and mesclun greens topped in olive oil, salt and pepper
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
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