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. 

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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

5 / 5 (7 Reviews)
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  • 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.
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49 comments on “Zucchini and Crimini Street Tacos

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

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

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

    These tacos!!! Mmmm :)

    Rating: 5
  9. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted August 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm Reply

    I am loving these veggie tacos!!

    Rating: 5
  10. Sandy Coughlinposted August 23, 2013 at 8:04 am Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  11. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted August 23, 2013 at 7:58 am Reply

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

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

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

  13. RavieNomNomsposted August 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm Reply

    Perfection, I love this idea!

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

    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…


  15. Tammelaposted August 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm Reply

    These are just perfect.

    Rating: 5
  16. Crystal @ Simply Playful Fareposted August 22, 2013 at 9:24 am Reply

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

  17. Marlyposted August 22, 2013 at 8:23 am Reply

    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!

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  19. DessertForTwoposted August 22, 2013 at 6:40 am Reply

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

  20. Carolynposted August 22, 2013 at 5:57 am Reply

    A great healthy take on tacos, Sommer!

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

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

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

    This is my kind of taco! AMAZING!

    Rating: 5
  23. Ash-foodfashionpartyposted August 21, 2013 at 4:33 pm Reply

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  27. Gabyposted August 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm Reply

    mmmmmmm love me some street tacos!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  31. marlaposted August 21, 2013 at 9:26 am Reply

    Love this meatless meal!

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

    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).

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

    I am seriously craving these tacos right now for breakfast.

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

    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.

  35. Mariaposted August 21, 2013 at 8:15 am Reply

    My kind of taco! LOVE!

  36. Lynneposted August 21, 2013 at 8:05 am Reply

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

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

    I love veggie tacos, these are fab!

    Rating: 5
  38. Jeanetteposted August 21, 2013 at 7:59 am Reply

    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!

    • Lynneposted August 21, 2013 at 8:42 am Reply

      That would be “Colombian”…

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

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

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

    Oooooo, gurl!

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

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

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

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

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

    The perfect lunch! Looks so good, Sommer!

  44. Tieghanposted August 21, 2013 at 6:21 am Reply

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

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

    These are gorgeous! Love the vegetarian option

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

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

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

    Yes, yes and yessss! These are amazing!

    Rating: 5
  48. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted August 21, 2013 at 4:02 am Reply

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