Chipotle Chayote Blue Corn Tacos – These Vegetarian tacos are both healthy and delicious with freshly made tortillas. A perfect option for Meatless Monday.
Today in America we are celebrating Mexican food and culture as part of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
With that in mind, I created these Mexican inspired Chayote Tacos
Before we get started on the recipe, a little bit about peeling chayote. For some of you, chayote may be an unfamiliar product. You may have seen them in the market individually wrapped in plastic and thought – that can’t be good…but they are! Chayote has an enzyme that makes some people’s hands itch. My mom just squeezes a little lime juice on them and then it does not bother her. However, I have the most unusual food allergies – I’m not allergic to peanuts, shrimp or strawberries, which are common. Instead, I’m allergic to Brazil nuts and white yams. Even with lime, my hands will itch uncontrollably for hours. For this reason, I always wear rubber gloves when I am peeling chayote. If you’ve never had them before and are not sure how your skin is going to react, I would recommend wearing gloves. Howeer, even though it bothers my hands, it does nothing to me when I eat them…so that’s a fact I am grateful for. Chayote is a very fresh tasting squash. It cooks very quickly and has a taste similar to cucumber.
Normally, I would just throw the peels in the garbage. This time, however, I am saving them to try this chutney. They are going into the freezer and once I have enough, Chayote Peel Chutney is going to be on the menu. If you want to make use of the entire vegetable, I suggest you do the same. Peel the chayote, then cut in half and using a spoon, scoop out the core and now you can cook chayote the way you desire.
The spicy chayote filling is a wonderful way to enjoy Vegetarian Mexican food. You can even just have it with rice if you don’t want to go through the work of making the tortillas.
Sure you can buy the tortillas, but why not try making them at home yourself! Blue corn has a higher protein content than yellow or white cornmeal.
Kraft Four Cheese Mexican Blend is my fave cheese for Mexican tacos and the like, but you can use any grated cheese you like on these tacos.
IN THE MAKING:
Perfect for #MeatlessMonday
Chipotle Chayote Blue Corn Tacos
- Blue Corn Tortilla Ingredients:
- 1 cup blue/purple corn flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- oil for cooking
- Chayote Filling Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
- 3 finely chopped scallions
- 2 chayote peeled, cored and chopped
- 1 chopped tomato
- 2-3 chipotles in adobo sauce finely chopped
- salt to taste
- Taco Ingredients:
- Blue Corn Tortillas
- Chayote Filling
- Chopped Lettuce
- Grated Cheese
- Finely chopped cilantro
- lime juice
- To make tortillas, combine blue corn flour and salt in a bowl. Stir to combine.
- Add 1 cup warm water and mix to combine.
- Add the all purpose flour and knead for a few minutes until the flour is well incorporated and the dough is a uniform color. Cover with a damp towel and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
- Divide dough into 7 equal portions.
- Heat a skillet and brush with a little oil.
- On a well floured board, roll out to about 5-6" in diameter.
- Place on a heated skillet and cook for a few minutes on each side, until there are a few brown spots. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
- Now let's make the chayote filling.
- Heat oil. Add garlic and scallions and saute for a minute or two, until vegetables are softened.
- Add chayote and tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add chipotles and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring often. Add salt, to taste.
- To assemble the tacos, place a little of the chayote filling inside a tortilla. Sprinkle some lettuce and cheese on top. Sprinkle a little cilantro on top. Squeeze a little lime juice on top.
After these healthy tacos, you can indulge in this easy-to-do Mexican pudding for dessert!
Spicy fresh vegetables with cheesy goodness…these are low in fat and high in protein…a guilt free way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo…Felicidades!
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