Mushroom Chicharrón Tacos
This simple recipe calls for pan-searing meaty oyster mushrooms so they become as perfectly crispy and golden as chicharrón. Paired with fresh pico de gallo, these mushrooms feel satisfying with their natural umami savoriness. This quick dish tastes like juicy carniceria tacos that balance the richness of fried meat with the acidic punch of salsa. To get vegetarian recipes like this one delivered to your inbox, sign up for The Veggie newsletter.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1large beefsteak tomato, cored and cut into ¼-inch dice
- 1large ripe Hass avocado, pitted, peeled and cut into ¼-inch dice
- 2jalapeños, stemmed and finely chopped (seeded if desired)
- ½cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
- 3tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 to 2 limes)
- Coarse kosher salt
- 18ounces oyster mushrooms (from 2 to 3 medium clusters)
- ⅓cup neutral oil, such as canola
- ¼teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 ½teaspoons coarse kosher salt
- Black pepper
- 12corn tortillas
Step 1Make the pico de gallo: Combine the tomato, avocado, jalapeños, cilantro and lime juice in a bowl and season with salt. Gently fold together. Set aside to allow flavors to marry while the mushrooms cook.
Step 2Make the tacos: Tear the oyster mushrooms into bite-size pieces, leaving some mushroom tops whole. To make sure the mushrooms become crisp, cook in two batches: Heat a large cast iron or other heavy skillet over medium-high and coat with half of the oil. Once the oil is hot, add half of the mushrooms in a single layer without crowding the skillet. Cook, stirring every few minutes, until deep golden brown and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate, then repeat with the remaining oil and mushrooms. Return the first batch to the skillet, and add the cumin and salt, and season with pepper. Stir well, then remove from the heat.
Step 3While the mushrooms are cooking, warm the tortillas on a comal or heavy skillet over medium-high heat until soft and pliable. Wrap them in a dish towel to keep them warm until ready to serve. Divide the mushrooms and pico de gallo among the warm tortillas. Serve immediately.