Vegans and tacos go together like peanut butter and jelly or cashew and nooch. These chipotle mushroom tacos go one step further by recreating that meaty mouthfeel and tender texture that you were used to before becoming vegan.
This simple and savory recipe will soon become a weekly favorite and you’ll be whipping out the pan with pleasant anticipation. Find your favorite fungi, a pile of potent peppers, and your choice of tortillas and let’s tackle this taco recipe!
Many thanks to Mirza from Wiwiurka for contributing this authentic plant-based Mexican recipe. We connected with Wiwiurka while looking for sustainable wood toys for kids for our vegan parenting content and were thrilled that Mirza was interested in contributing this family recipe. All our recipe testers loved it, and we hope you will too!
Tips for Serving Up Your Oyster Mushroom Tacos
Thankfully, tacos are terrific for any meal, at any time of day. The fact that you can add anything at all to your tempting tortilla is an even bigger bonus! If you’re out of ideas for the best way to bring out the best in your taco, here are a few flavorful suggestions:
- Turn Up the Toppings – Pile on the greatest guac, the sassiest vegan sour cream, spoonfuls of scallions, and all the homemade salsa you can handle!
- Heat It Up or Cool It Down – The heat level varies widely from person to person. One person’s “mild” might be another person’s “meltdown”. The marinated peppers in this recipe can be taken out, added onto, or simply substituted for a hot pepper that you can tolerate. Not as hot peppers include: poblano, anaheim, and serrano, while truly hot peppers consist of: habanero, cayenne, jalapeño, scotch bonnet, and ghost pepper.
- Extra Satisfaction With Sides – If you’re feeling like you could use a little more with your meal, consider adding a huge salad, a ration of rice, or a bowlful of beans. Go crazy and add all three!
What Are the Health Benefits of Mushrooms?
Oyster mushrooms in particular have an impressive amount of positive nutritional benefits. With their pleasant pale shade, paper-like gills, and soft seashell quality, they are soothing to the eye and satisfying to the stomach. They also shine in these ways:
- Low in calories and fat
- High in fiber and protein
- Rich in vitamins and minerals such as B-vitamins, choline, potassium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc
- Trace amounts of extra nutrients such a vitamin D and selenium
- Good source of antioxidants
What if I Don’t Like Mushrooms?
You might easily have passed right by this fiery fungi recipe, but we’re glad you didn’t! Even though mushrooms are the main ingredient, you can make these tantalizing tacos with other plant-based foods. Wanna know which ones?
- Jackfruit – A bit like “pulled pork” and doesn’t need to be cooked as long as the mushrooms (maybe 5-10 minutes), but you may wish to marinate it beforehand to give it some extra flavor.
- Tofu or Tempeh – Slice up some tofu triangles or nutty tempeh and substitute them for the meaty mushrooms in this dish.
- Quinoa – Full of protein and fiber, this is another great way to fill up your chipotle tacos. Best to make the the quinoa ahead of time and then add to the pan after the tomatoes and peppers cook up.
- Vegan Crumbles – With so many vegan meat options cropping up these days, there is no lack of yummy plant-based crumbles for purchase. Choose your favorite brand/flavor and cook along with the tomatoes and peppers, or according to the package instructions.
Which Vegetables Would Work Well With This Recipe?
We love adding more vegetables to our recipes, don’t you? For these chipotle mushroom tacos, we recommend boosting with thinly sliced bell peppers, zucchini, corn kernels, or even broccoli. The sky’s the limit when it comes to adding veggies—ignite your imagination!
1. In a medium pan over medium heat, sauté the onion and garlic.
2. Add the diced tomatoes and peppers and cook until they become a darker color. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Toss in the mushroom strips and cook until soft, about 10-20 minutes.
Equipment You’ll Need to Make These Oyster Mushroom Tacos
How to Shred Oyster Mushrooms
Tackling oyster mushrooms for the first time can be a bit intimidating, but don’t let that stop you. It’s actually fun and easy once you get the hang of it. The trick is to cut off the base first. Then, use your hands to pull the oyster apart (like you would with pulled pork or chicken) into strips.
If using another kind of mushroom (like basic button or portly portobello), chop in any way you like: thin strips, thick strips, chunky cubes, or into wonderful wedges. The advantage of using the oyster mushroom is that is shreds like a dream. But, it’s totally up to you what type you choose for your tacos.
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If you’re looking to spice up your Taco Tuesday, these chipotle mushroom tacos will sure do the trick! Meaty, hearty, and an absolute comfort, you may find yourself wanting to make these daily!
- ¼ cup of canola oil (or your favorite vegetable oil)
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 5 large tomatoes, finely diced
- 1 small can of marinated chipotle peppers (7 – 8 oz)
- 1 pinch of pepper
- Salt, to taste (approximately 1 teaspoon)
- 1 pound of wild oyster mushrooms cut or pulled into strips (like chicken)
- In a medium pan over medium heat, add the oil. Once hot, add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion becomes transparent.
- Add the diced tomatoes and chipotle peppers and cook until the sauce turns a darker color. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the mushroom strips and cook until soft, about 10-20 minutes depending on how thin it’s shredded. If using oyster mushrooms, make sure to cut off the bottom parts of the mushrooms and shred into fine pieces with your hands. If using button or portobello, just chop however you’d prefer. Test single mushroom for taste and adjust salt and spice levels according to preference.
- Remove from heat and spoon mushroom filling into corn or flour taco tortillas. Top with fresh cilantro and serve with refried beans, avocado, and any other fillings of your choice.
- It works with any mushrooms, but oyster mushrooms can be pulled like chicken!
- Sensitive to spice? Start by testing a small batch of mushrooms to see if the heat is to your liking and adjust accordingly.
Keywords: gluten-free, soy-free, mushrooms, tacos, Mexican, chipotle, spicy, meatless, meat-free, dairy-free
How to Store These Mushroom Tacos
It’s best to keep the chipotle mushroom tacos filling separate from the tortillas if you have any leftovers. Scoop your tasty taco filling into a closed container and wrap your remaining tortillas up well before placing both in the refrigerator.
The tortillas (both flour and corn) should last about a week or so and you can always freeze them if you don’t think you’ll use them up quick enough. Any fantastic flavored filling will last about 2-3 days in the fridge and can easily be stored in the freezer (well sealed in a freezer-safe container or bag) for at least 4 months.
More Vegan Mexican Recipes to Try:
- Vegan Mollete
- Mexican Red Rice
- Chipotle Corn Ribs
- Homemade Corn Tortillas
- Vegan Taco Tuesday Recipes
- Meat-Lover’s Beefy Vegan Tacos
Many thanks to our recipes testers Milan Shah and Helen DiRenzo for helping us perfect this recipe!
This authentic Mexican Chipotle Mushroom Tacos recipe was created by Mirza S. López Gil from Wiwiurka Toys for World of Vegan. Vegan food photography by JJ Steele. Copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved. Article written by Gina House and edited by Amanda Meth. This article is not sponsored, but may contain affiliate links that support our work at World of Vegan.