Summer is almost upon us, and one of my all-time favorite summer dinners is veggie tacos. They are simple yet delicious and take only about 15-20 minutes including prep time. Plus, they’re healthy and light (unless you go back for thirds), so they are an easy, guilt-free option. Maybe not as much when paired when margaritas or an ice-cold cerveza, but at least it’s not doubly bad!
Another great thing about this meal is that you can use whatever veggies and toppings you have available. I’d always suggest the beans to give you more substance and a protein boost, but otherwise you can play around until you find what you like best. The following is just one suggestion.
For the tacos
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeño, chopped
- 1 yellow squash, chopped
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- A handful of leafy greens
- 1 can low sodium black beans, drained
- 3/4 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/8 tsp. Cajun seasoning
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 package of tortillas (I like wheat tortillas)
For the toppings
- Shredded Mexican cheese mix
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1-2 green onions, sliced
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- Guacamole (homemade or bought)
- Salsa (homemade or bought)
Heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add onions and cook until nearly translucent.
Add the jalapeño and cook together for a minute, then add the zucchini and squash. Cook for another minute or two, or until the squash and zucchini are just slightly soft.
Add the can of beans. Stir and add the chili powder, cumin, Cajun seasoning, red chili flakes, and salt and pepper. Add the handful of leafy greens and mix.
Cook for one to two minutes, or until leafy greens are a little wilted. Remove from heat.
Chop up the toppings you want. I like to put them in little bowls and let people serve themselves. A taco bar, if you will.
Warm tortillas in the microwave or oven, then add cheese, veggie mix, and whatever toppings you desire.
Enjoy! For extra fun, serve with chips, guac, and salsa and a cold beer or margarita.