I thought I knew Mexican food, but I really did not! Mexican tacos are so different from what we grow up eating as Mexican food in the United States. From cactus to hibiscus flower tacos, I have tried some interesting vegan options unknown to me until I moved to Mexico City. Some of the popular Mexican ingredients are so great to the immune system and the digestive system. Among their typical dishes you can find tons of lime juice, chia seeds in lemon water, cayenne pepper, and nopales. Nopales are a type of cactus that when cooked attains a slimy texture and a limey flavor. They are best known for supporting digestion, boosting the immune system, and even improving your skin! It is not surprise I am eating nopales on a daily basis now. Here is how you can also add them to your diet in a fun way that will change your mind about Mexican food always being heavy and meaty.
Vegan Tacos That Will Boost Your Digestive System
- 1/2 Onion
- 1 1/2 Green peppers
- 2 Nopales
- Blue corn tortillas
- 2 cups White button mushrooms
- 1 Avocado
- 1 Lemon
- to taste Coriander leaves
- to taste Spicy sauce of choice
1. Slice the half onion and the peppers.
2. Slice the nopales into similar size strips.
3. Slice 2 cups of white button mushrooms thinly.
4. Grease the pan with oil or butter of choice (I tipically use almond and coconut butter).
5. Add the onions, nopales, and mushrooms. Stir occasionally for 10 minutes.
6. Add the peppers and cayenne pepper to taste.
7. Mix it, and let it simmer for 8 minutes. (At this point, the nopales will be a darker green, slimy looking like aloe).
8. While you wait, heat up the blue corn tortillas. I like to put them directly above the fire for a few seconds until soft.
9. Serve mixture in the pan on top of each tortilla.
10. Garnish each taco with an avocado slice and a coriander leaf.
11. Squeeze half a lemon over the tacos.
12. Add spicy sauce of preference is desired.
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