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Zucchini and Crimini Street Tacos

I’ve got a favorite taco recipe to share that’s veggie-tastic! These street tacos are piled high with sautéed crimini mushrooms, zucchini, summer squash, onions, then sprinkled with salty panela cheese. This is just the way to use up this summer’s garden squash.

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As a novice gardener, I never have the wherewithal to know what I can grow, and how much of it I should grow. I haphazardly plant vegetable seedlings each year and cross my fingers.

Some years I get lucky, and other years not so much.

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Last year, I decided to plant zucchini and summer squash for the very first time.

I was excited to grow my own squash plants so I could harvest the squash blossoms for stuffing and pan frying. I never actually intended to have squash. 

Little did I know that the squash I planted would really really like my yard and not want to stay small so I could harvest only the blossoms.

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Instead, the plants grew, bloomed, and produced squash faster than I could pick the blossoms, and low and behold I had a mess of squash on my hands all summer. Several of them grew so large they looked like giant toes, about the size of a rolls of paper towels. I quickly learned why farmers pick them small… pleck!

It seems like we ate squash every day last summer. Some sautéed with tomatoes, some made into southern squash casserole, some in salads, and some in tacos.

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This taco recipe was my favorite way to eat squash last summer, so I want to share it with you while you still have a bushel or two in your garden (or at your farmers market.)

It’s such a simple recipe and takes less than 15 minutes to cook. You simply sauté onions, crimini mushrooms, and your fresh garden squash, along with some smoky spices.

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It’s best to sauté the veggies individually so they’re not crowded in the pan. That causes them to steam and get mushy.

Then pile all the veggies into fresh corn tortillas and sprinkle with a really good California-made hispanic cheese, like panela.

This veggie taco recipe is fresh, flavorful and packed with nutrients. It will make you wish your squash plants were even more aggressive!

Zucchini and Crimini Taco Recipe

Yield: 8-10 tacos

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 large onion, peeled, quartered and sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 lbs. crimini mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 2 zucchini, sliced thin
  • 2 summer squash sliced thin
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 Tb. butter
  • 1 Tb. cuban seasoning (McCormick makes a good one)
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbled California panela cheese (or queso fresco)
  • 1 package corn tortillas


  1. Chop the veggies and leave in separate piles. Mix the salt and spices in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over all the veggies.
  2. Place 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet and heat to hight heat. Once the butter is melted, add the onions and garlic. Saute' for 1-2 minutes until just barely soft. Remove from the skillet and add 2 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter is melted, add the mushrooms and saute' and stir until brown and cooked through, about 5-8 minutes. Remove and add the last tablespoon of butter to the skillet. Add the zucchini and summer squash to the skillet. Saute' and stir for 2-3 minutes until golden, but just barley cooked through and still firm.
  3. To serve, place a tortilla on a plate (you can double them up for extra stability) and load it with veggies. Top each taco with a generous sprinkling of crumbled panela cheese. Serve warm.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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46 Responses to “Zucchini and Crimini Street Tacos”

  1. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted August 21, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Love tacos and this vegetarian version looks so delish!! Good luck with your lush garden this year. I need your green thumb :D



  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted August 21, 2013 at 5:51 am

    I’m looooving this for quick weeknight meals! Yum!


  3. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.alposted August 21, 2013 at 6:06 am

    These are gorgeous! Love the vegetarian option


  4. Tieghanposted August 21, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Mmm! These are so pretty and I love a good vegetarian taco every now and then! These look perfect!


  5. Marian (Sweetopia)posted August 21, 2013 at 6:43 am

    The perfect lunch! Looks so good, Sommer!


  6. Belinda @zomppaposted August 21, 2013 at 6:48 am

    I’m so impressed with your garden goodies – and how good they turned out to be!


  7. Julie @ Table for Twoposted August 21, 2013 at 6:48 am

    This is the perfect lunch or dinner idea! Love the veggies!


  8. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted August 21, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Oooooo, gurl!


  9. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pigposted August 21, 2013 at 7:20 am

    These are amazing sounding. I love mushrooms in a taco but have ofton used chanterelles. Time to try something different!


  10. Kelly Senyei | Just a Tasteposted August 21, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Yes, yes and yessss! These look amazing!


  11. Jeanetteposted August 21, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I’ve never seen panela cheese or cuban seasoning in the supermarket (although I always pick up my favorite Columbian seasoning from a Cuban restaurant we frequent whenever we’re in Florida). Sounds fantastic Sommer!


    • Lynne — August 21st, 2013 @ 8:42 am

      That would be “Colombian”…


  12. Lynneposted August 21, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Really? California butter? Get your butter from the REAL dairy state (the one that also produces internationally award winning cheese)….WISCONSIN!!!


  13. Mariaposted August 21, 2013 at 8:15 am

    My kind of taco! LOVE!


  14. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted August 21, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Squash and zucchini are monsters in the garden. They really take over. These tacos look amazing–the perfect use for an abundance of summer produce.


  15. Meagan @ A Zesty Biteposted August 21, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I am seriously craving these tacos right now for breakfast.


  16. Cookin Canuckposted August 21, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I’m going to have to look in our spice aisle for that Cuban seasoning. These tacos are the perfect way to use up those zucchini (my garden has the same “problem” right now).


  17. marlaposted August 21, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Love this meatless meal!


  18. Heather Christoposted August 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

    these really look fantastic. I love that they are vegetarian.


  19. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted August 21, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I love veggie tacos, these are fab!


  20. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted August 21, 2013 at 10:25 am

    So pretty! I really need to freshen up my taco menu and these are just the ticket! Love!


  21. Juliaposted August 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

    This is such a great, healthy way to use up the zucchini from my garden. I love this idea!


  22. Gabyposted August 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    mmmmmmm love me some street tacos!


  23. cassie - bake your dayposted August 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I’ll eat veggies all day if they are served like this!


  24. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted August 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Yay for veggie tacos! Mushrooms and zucchini sounds like the perfect filling. :)


  25. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted August 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I can’t get enough zucchini in the summer! These look SO delicious!


  26. Ash-foodfashionpartyposted August 21, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Perfect healthy tacos and how fun it would be to cook with home grown, right..
    looks delicious.


  27. Rachel Cooksposted August 21, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    This is my kind of taco! Looks AMAZING!


  28. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted August 22, 2013 at 5:12 am

    We’re big taco fans in our house. These look magnificent!


  29. Carolynposted August 22, 2013 at 5:57 am

    A great healthy take on tacos, Sommer!


  30. DessertForTwoposted August 22, 2013 at 6:40 am

    I’m a veggie taco fanatic! Such a great use of veggies :)


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  32. Marlyposted August 22, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I LOVE veggie-tastic recipes…and this one looks like a real winner! Can’t wait to give it a try…as soon as my neighbors donate some of their extra zucchinis (like they do every year just about this time). I love my neighbors!


  33. Crystal @ Simply Playful Fareposted August 22, 2013 at 9:24 am

    These look so good! I love corn tortillas, and sauteed mushrooms and zucchini!


  34. Mushrooms Canadaposted August 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is the perfect summer recipe! I love using Crimini mushrooms in place of White Button. They have so much added mushroom-y flavour! Thanks for sharing your amazing recipe…



  35. Tammelaposted August 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    These look just perfect.


  36. RavieNomNomsposted August 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Perfection, I love this idea!


  37. Jen @JuanitasCocinaposted August 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Simply divine! I can have 3, since they’re healthier for me, right? I mean…also for tasting.


  38. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted August 23, 2013 at 7:58 am

    These tacos look very healthy. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Just kidding. I love it. Yum!


  39. Sandy Coughlinposted August 23, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Girl, you know I can’t resist a zucchini recipe! This is such a great vegetarian dish!


  40. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted August 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I am loving these veggie tacos!!


  41. Jenny Flakeposted August 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    These tacos!!! Mmmm :)


  42. Nutmeg Nannyposted August 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Oh yes! These are filled with so much tasty goodness, have to make this asap :)


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