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Thursday
Jul192012

fresh grilled veggie tacos

This meal is the epitome of summer.

Every single ingredient is grilled and all of the veggies are currently in season.  I even grilled the tortillas just for kicks.

Okay.  Pardon me.  I did not grill the limes.

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To ensure a consistent + flavorful blend of spices I measured out what I typically use for taco night + mixed them all together.

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Feel free to use this blend or make something even simpler.

Say, garlic + smoked paprika + cumin.

Or, chili powder + cumin + garlic + cayenne.

It’s all up to you.

I kept the salt + pepper out of this mixture, so I could add a light sprinkle to all of the veggies separately. 

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I went fairly light on the seasoning to really let these fresh summer veggies shine.  But if you want a bolder flavor, then go right ahead.

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Does this platter look familiar?

I just looked on the bottom and it was actually made in England and has a little drawing of a ram in the center.  No clue what line this is from, but I’m in love with it!  Any ideas?

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I really just can’t get over this gigantic platter of grilled veggies + avocado.  Hand me a fork and I’m good to go.  I really don’t need much else. 

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Like I said up above even the corn tortillas hit the grill.  I started with soft corn tortillas.  However, if you don’t want the added steps, feel free to buy a pack of shells and you’re all set.

However #2, I recommend the grilling.

Because I’m obsessed with lime salted tortilla chips, I rubbed these babies down with lime, salt, and a little oil.  A minute on each side on the grill and they were done.  After folding them over and cooling they crisp right up while still maintaining a slightly chewy tortilla texture.

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If you’re wondering how long it took for me to prep, cook, style, and shoot this recipe it was 1 hour and 45 minutes.  The photo editing took 1.5 hours.. Then, writing the post took about 1.5 hours, with the most time spent on typing up the recipe.

How long did it take to eat three tacos for lunch?

About 8 minutes.

De-voured.

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Warning!

Try not to freak out by the length of the recipe instructions.  If you’re a seasoned grill master, this recipe will be cake.  If you’re new to grilling, I tried to be as clear + concise as possible.  

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Print this!

Fresh Grilled Veggie Tacos [yields 12-15 stuffed corn tortillas, serves 4-6]

  • 2 avocados
  • 2 large red bell peppers
  • 3 medium zucchini [~7” long]
  • 1, 8oz package baby portabella mushrooms
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 3 ears of corn
  • 2 medium/large red onions
  • 12-15 soft corn tortillas
  • 2-3 limes
  • sunflower/safflower/olive oil
  • salt + pepper

Prep:  Total prep time: 20 minutes

Keep your tortillas wrapped in a damp towel until ready to grill.  Take out about 8-12 skewers depending on their length.  If using wood skewers soak them in water while you’re prepping the veggies.  Preheat your grill to medium/med-high, 400*.  Prep the spice mix below.

Slice your zucchini in 1/2 round sections.  Leave the peppers + tomatoes in tact.  Gently wipe your mushrooms with a damp kitchen towel or paper towel and remove the stems.  Shuck your corn.  Cut the ends off your onions then slice into round slabs about 1/2-3/4” thick [refer to photo 5].  Slice your avocados in half lengthwise + de-pit right before grilling.  Make sure your taco seasoning mix, oil, salt, and pepper are all handy. 

Skewer the zucchini through their green ends and not through the soft center.  Skewer the tomatoes lengthwise.  Skewer the mushrooms through the center.  [Refer to photo 4.]

Grilling:  Total cook time: 20-25 minutes

Peppers – Lightly oil.  Grill for 4 minutes per side, turning 4 times, keeping the pepper on its side.

Corn – Lightly oil.  Sprinkle on the spice mix below and the salt + pepper, then rub it into the corn.  Grill for 3 minutes per side, turning 4 times.

Zucchini – Lightly oil.  Sprinkle on the spice mix below and the salt + pepper.  Grill for 5-6 minutes, turning twice, flat side face down.

Onions – Lightly oil.  Sprinkle on salt + pepper.  Grill for 5-6 minutes per side, turning twice, flat side down.  Flip with a spatula to keep the rings in tact.

Mushrooms – Lightly oil.  Sprinkle on the spice mix below and salt + pepper.  Grill for 3 minutes per side, turning twice.

Tomatoes – Lightly oil.  Sprinkle on the spice mix below and salt + pepper.  Grill for 3 minutes per side, turning twice.

Avocado – Lightly oil.  Sprinkle with salt + pepper.  Grill for 4 minutes, flat side down.

Corn Tortillas – Towards the end of the veggie grilling, rub the corn tortillas with a light amount oil [on both sides], a few squeezes of lime juice, and a sprinkle of salt.  With your grill lid open, grill for 60-90 seconds, flip once and grill for another 60-90 seconds.  You want them just starting to stiffen but still pliable.  Immediately fold them in half gently to form like a taco shell[don’t pinch them together].  Lean them on one another and let them sit for 2-3 minutes until they become stiff.

Assembly:

Slice the corn off the cob by standing it up on its end and slicing down over a cutting board.  Coarsely chop the pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, and tomatoes.  Serve mixed together in a large bowl or place each ingredient in a separate bowl and serve with the tortillas + grilled avocados.  Fill with desired ingredients, and add more salt, pepper, or taco spice mix if desired.  Serve with lime slices.

notes:  When I say to lightly oil everything, my favorite way is by lightly spraying the veggies with oil from my Misto can.  The next best way is using a sauce brush and dipping it in a bowl of oil then lightly coating.  You can also use your hands to make sure it’s not too heavily coated.

Taco Spice Mix

  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne [optional]

In a small bowl mix all spices together and put in an empty spice jar to shake on the veggies or sprinkle on with your fingers.

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If you want to taste summer in your mouth, make this recipe.  If you feel like adding protein, just make sure you grill it.

What’s for dessert?  Couldn’t be easier…

Grilled peaches + vanilla bean ice cream. 

Done + done.

Weekend!  Have a good one! 

Ashley

iPhone perspective:

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Reader Comments (24)

Best. Veggie. Tacos. EVAH!
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Thanks for including the time it took. Helps me not feel so bad. As a new blogger, I didn't realize how time consuming blogging could be.
I really like the idea of grilling the tortillas and I try to use homemade taco seasoning, but haven't created a recipe that I really love. I will definitely give this one a try.
Grilled peaches and ice cream sounds fabulous.....I have plenty of fresh peaches over here. ;)

Ashley--> Blogging can definitely be all consuming. :) Hope you enjoy this if you give it a shot! Definitely grill the peaches!
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim@hungryhealthygirl
I could take that plate of veggies and avocado, drizzle a little balsamic glaze over it and go to town. It all looks SO fresh.

Ashley--> The veggies were so juicy a glaze wasn't even necessary!! Although it does sound delicious.
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
I LOVE the grilled avocado!! These looks seriously delicious - I'm definitely bookmarking this page!
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
These look SO GOOD! Grilled veggies are simply the best, and what a fun way to eat them in a taco! :)
I know what I am picking up at the farmers market tomorrow. :) Super yum! You should check out french nest flea mkt if you are downtown tomorrow too. So much fun stuff.

BTW: Do a Google search for "Denby Ramshead" for your platter. See if the logos line up. Nice Score!

Ashley--> Ummm, do you live in Ft. Collins??? I love the French Nest!! Please say hello if you spot me!!! And yes, the platter is Denby!! Thanks so much for the tip. You rock! :)
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCara
I love everything about these tacos!
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaria
These look AHHHMAZING! Will you come make them for me!? ;) But really though, I could even just go for that whole platter of grilled veggies straight up. Haven't had tortillas in forever, I should get some though because that rubbing them with lime + salt and then grilling sounds absolutely delicious.
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
Looks great!!! Tacos have been officially added to my friday night menu!!
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRae@Name of Wellness
Pretty sure I would have just devoured the veggies off the plate without the tacos! Wow, this looks incredible Ashley! I would have never thought to grill avocados... I am LOVING avocados lately :)

Ashley--> I'm straight up obsessed with avocados!! And just a few months ago I thought they were "okay." It's the salted avocado toast that has really done it for me.
Yum! I ansolutely love making veggie tacos or fajitas at home. I add chipotle into my seasonings or mix together a chipotle sauce and it takes the veggies to a different level.

Ashley--> Definitely love chipotle seasoning!
Ok, you didn't grill the limes--but grilled limes actually sound like they could be great! We used to make grilled corn with hot pepper and lemon, like they serve from street carts in India, and the pieces of lemon (er, those that didn't fall into the coals, anyway) always turned out amazing. So grilled limes would probably be a perfect addition to these excellent-looking tacos!

Ashley--> You're right! Grilled limes do sound pretty good! :) Love your grilled corn idea too. Yum!
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
This looks positively perfect! Yum!
These just went on the meal plan for next week. Thank you for making my life a little easier. :-)

Ashley--> You are so very welcome!
This really doesn't have anything to do with this post at all (although I love the addition of coriander to the taco seasoning), but I just moved to a place where I can't find dry roasted unsalted peanuts in stores and was wondering where you order yours online. The best I've seen is on Amazon, 10 pounds for $30 plus $10 shipping, from the Superior Nut Company/Bayside Candy. That seems pretty reasonable but then again, it isn't a good deal if you get 10 pounds of nasty peanuts. Thank you!

Ashley--> I actually buy mine at Whole Foods. Trader Joes may have them as well. I'm not sure that they're unsalted though. I would check amazon.com, nutsonline.com, and naturalgrocers.com [http://www.naturalgrocers.com/shop/catalog/peanuts-virginia-r-ns-sbg-natural-grocers-vitamin-1-lbs].
July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmma
I love everything about this! And I totally agree that I could just eat that platter of grilled veggies. I think I would prefer some kind of cold salsa on top though! Made out of grilled tomatillos, how about that ;P
Add some black beans and you've got a real meal winner!

Ashley--> Delicious + filling even without the beans and rice. I really wanted the veggies to shine! :)
July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecca
These look absolutely incredible. It's 10:30 at night here right now and they look so good I'd eat 3 of them if I could right now! One can never eat enough spices. I love them!
July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Timpone
Wow, those look awesome! Nice work on the recipe by the way. Now all I need is a grill!
July 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara @ sarasmiles
Hi Ashley! I haven't commented before but my friend and I made these tacos for our girls night last week and they were seriously the best meal we have ever made together! All we could keep repeating was "oh my god, this is so good". The combination of using the barbeque ourselves and the amazingness of grilled veggies made for a wonderful night! I loved the grilled tortillas & avocado!

Ashley--> Hi hi hi!!! I am thrilled to hear this. Thank you so so much for taking the time to let me know you and your friends loved it. YAY! I'm glad it made for a delicious girls' night!
July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
these look amazing. I love tacos and can't wait to make these :)
August 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteraddie @ culicurious.com
These tacos look absolutely DIVINE! Gorgeous photograph too!
@Claire - Thanks so much!
October 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
These were delicious! I also mixed a little sour cream with some spicy salsa so the tacos had just a little kick. I can't remember a more filling and satisfying meal without meat, and we go meatless quite a bit. Thanks for taking the time to post!
April 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

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