Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Crispy Veggie Tacos

One of my very favorite places to eat in the bay area is Cactus Taqueria.  When I get my hair done in Berkeley it is a ritual - hair, then tacos.  The neighborhood where I get my hair done has so many good restaurants - Indian, Thai, even Zachary's Pizza (deep dish spinach and mushroom - yum!).  But every single time - I go and get my tacos.  They have crispy veggie tacos - grilled vegetables, cheese, guacamole, salsa and lettuce.  I would be too embarrassed to ever have more than one order (I mean, it's a plate with three tacos!) but I swear, I could do it.

I've never been into frying anything at home but sometimes the craving for those tacos is too strong to wait for the next haircut.  So one day I decided to make my own oven baked version.  I roasted some vegetables in the oven - some broccoli, zucchini and carrots - tossed with some olive oil and roasted in a 450 degree oven.  Once the veggies were nice and brown I warmed up some corn tortillas on the stovetop and then filled them with the veggies and some monterey jack cheese.  I folded them over and spray both sides with some olive oil spray  I put these in the oven for maybe 15 minutes or so, until the tortillas were brown and crispy.  Once out of the oven I pried them open and filled them with guacamole, salsa verde, chopped tomatoes and thinly slice romaine.  They were almost as good as the restaurant version - really, just as good for me - and there was no oil dripping out as we ate them.

Taco Tuesdays are still in effect in this empty nest and these definitely fit the bill!


Lynn said...

I am in awe of your food photos! I have a good SLR digital camera but my food pics suck so much that I never use them. Tips?

Guinnah said...

I have a Nikon D50. When I can manage, I prefer to take the pictures outside in natural light. But of course that isn't always possible! I try to get as close as possible and get down to a little above eye level. And I usually take 5 or 6. And I'd say that 9 times out of 10 the first picture is the one I end up using!

JGH said...

Those tacos look AMAZING! and I agree with Lynn about your photos. I got a new Sony cybershot that had a "gourmet" setting for "taking natural looking photos of food". I wonder if that has become a standard setting on cameras now!