Crispy Zucchini Tacos with Crunchy Cabbage Slaw & Lime Crema

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These Crispy Zucchini Tacos will impress you and your family or guests like crazy! Loaded with layers of flavour, so easy to make and topped with a dreamy lime crema!

Top down shot of crispy zucchini tacos on a wooden board.

It’s my Birthday! Happy 26th Birthday to me! ? ? ? I’m actually writing this before my birthday, so I’m currently feeling like a major inception queen. What better way to celebrate than with tacos?! Exactly.

These Zucchini Tacos are UNREAL. Who knew Zucchini could be so easily transformed?! Meaty texture, super crunchy outside, and they absorb flavour like whoa. Get ready to have your tastebuds thank you.

top down shot of crispy zucchini slaw and tortillas on a table.

Before we get into these tasty morsels, I can’t believe I’m 26! I thought I just turned 25, and all of a sudden I’m here. I’m always grateful for yet another year of life, and looking back, 25 was a pretty awesome year. From quitting my job to becoming a full time blogger, photographer and videographer, to celebrating my 1 year wedding anniversary and absolutely surrendering my heart to Tulum, Mexico. ?? ❤? ?

It’s been an amazing journey. So many things happened this year. I gave my very first Jessica in the Kitchen speech (WHAT), got way better at meditation, decorated a home office (so fun), became a triple level Netflix member (just made that up), became mom to so many plants, and attempted (seriously) to become fluent in Spanish. I’m still working on the fluent part, but that’s okay. I swam RIGHT BESIDE fishes, something that used to terrify me endlessly, in two different countries, in the clearest waters ever. I got henna over and over. Went to a Sia concert. Drank way too many Caipirinhas in Brazil (then learned how to perfectly make one for my friends). I learned to celebrate just being alive (I’m looking at you, wine cork collection). I got my passport stamped over and over and over.

Amazingly enough, I now feel a bit more stable in this crazy fun life of a full time blogger, and I have so much more going on for me than I can even stop to slow down and notice! I’ve hopped on and off of more planes this year, seen so many new places, and branched out to try so much new food. Case in point, making tacos out of ZUCCHINI.

Oh Jessica, you millennial you.

Overhead shot of four crispy zucchini tacos on a wooden board with sliced avocados on the side.

Let’s just thank the Mr. for this absolutely amazing taco idea. I went crazy once again at the farmer’s market, bought a whole ton of produce, and then laid it out, trying to imagine what to do with it. He immediately said well, zucchinis are so meaty when sautéed, like cauliflower when cooked, zucchini tacos! I’ll admit, I was not immediately sold on the idea, and scribbled it down anyway. After some thought, it struck me what an absolutely ingenious idea this way. Zucchinis are way adorable, when bought organic they’re HUGE, and they last forever in your fridge. They hold their shape so well and are actually filling. Plus, everything goes well with zucchinis. They’re the perfect ‘clean out the fridge’ meal.

Needless to say, these tacos were perfect. I made them exactly like how I made my cauliflower tacos, because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Saying a silent prayer that they would hold up just as well, I took these out of the oven and bit immediately into one. Clearly, I haven’t learnt my lesson because they were piping hot. However, they were so incredibly flavourful! Zucchini seems to hold flavour even better than cauliflowers, and my husband felt that the zucchini could be eaten alone for its flavour.
Open crispy zucchini tacos on a wood board.

Honestly, these came out so perfectly crispy. I ate about half a dozen pieces immediately, then forced myself to assemble these tacos. The brine and crunch of the kale cabbage slaw, creaminess of the avocados (or as I call it, God’s gift to man), and the creamy lime-y flavour of the lime crema makes this the ultimate loaded taco treat. Zucchini tacos, who knew? Clearly my husband did. Squeeze some lime over the top for a burst of freshness and you’re ready to bite into this warm, crunchy and perfect taco. ?

Promise me you’ll make this fresh then devour immediately. It’s honestly the absolute best way to enjoy it. Birthday promise to me, okay?
Close up of zucchini tacos on a wood board.

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Crispy Zucchini Tacos with Crunchy Cabbage Slaw & Lime Crema

These Crispy Zucchini Tacos will impress you and your family or guests like crazy! Loaded with layers of flavour, so easy to make and topped with a dreamy lime crema!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Ingredients

Crispy Zucchini

  • 1 lb zucchini
  • 3/4 cup AP gluten free flour
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup gluten free bread crumbs seasoned with salt and pepper

Kale Cabbage Slaw

  • 2 cups shredded kale
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups shredded purple/red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • sea salt and ground black pepper to season
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Lime Crema

  • 1/4 cup thick vegan greek yogurt or mayo
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp finely minced garlic
  • sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo finely minced (optional, adds lots of spice and flavour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk

Tacos

  • 3/4 of a small jalapeño sliced (about 1 1/2 teaspoons) (optional)
  • Pickled onions optional
  • 1/2 ripe avocado sliced
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped
  • 2 limes sliced into wedges for garnish and fresh squeeze over tacos
Instructions

Instructions

Tacos

  • 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • 2. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper, NOT foil.
  • 3. Cut the zucchini into spears about 3 inches long and an inch wide roughly. You can do this by cutting it like you would a potato into wedges.
  • 4. In a separate bowl, whisk all the batter ingredients together EXCEPT the bread crumbs. Place the bread crumbs in a bowl. Line it up beside the batter bowl.
  • 5. Toss the zucchini in the mixture one at a time, shaking off excess batter. Then, dip the zucchini into the breadcrumbs to coat, then place onto the baking sheet. Repeat until all of the zucchini spears are coated.
  • 6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  • 7. Remove from oven. Set aside.

Kale Cabbage Slaw

  • 8. Mix all the ingredients for the slaw together while zucchini20 is baking. Let sit on the counter or in fridge if not using immediately while everything else is being made so all the flavours can marry together.

Lime Crema

  • 9. While zucchini is baking, in a small food processor or with an immersion blender, blend all the ingredients together. Add a tablespoon or water to thin out the lime crema for drizzling if you so desire. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place in a squeeze bottle and in the fridge until ready, or in a small bowl to spoon over tacos.

To Assemble Tacos

  • 10. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat (if possible, brush with a pastry brush).
  • 11. Place a taco shell in the heat until golden brown spots appear and they are slightly puffy for a few seconds, then flip and cook the same. Set on a plate to assemble.
  • 12. Layer with slaw, crispy zucchini and avocados over the soft taco shells. Add other toppings here if so desired.
  • 13. Drizzle the tacos with the lime crema.
  • 14. Serve with limes to squeeze over for a fresh burst of flavour. Enjoy!
NOTES
This recipe is vegan.
!TO MAKE IT GLUTEN FREE Use gluten free breadcrumbs and soft taco shells.
You can make the kale cabbage slaw ahead of time, even before you put the crispy zucchini tacos in to bake. Making it while it’s baking is just another option, although the flavours will marry together even better if made before.
!HOW TO STORE You can make the different parts of the taco and store separately in airtight tupperware containers. Leave the slaw in its juices to keep it fresh and flavourful. When you’re ready to eat, reheat the cauliflower in the oven or a toaster oven, heat the tacos fresh and assemble.

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 790mg | Potassium: 951mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 15397IU | Vitamin C: 110mg | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 3mg
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23 comments

  1. Rachel says:

    5 stars
    We made the zucchini tonight and all I can say is – WOW! The coating actually stuck to the zucchini! I mean, really stuck! And no oil for “frying” in the oven. Absolutely adored it. Husband kept saying “I can’t believe this is Vegan!” Not our first Jessica recipe but y’all have to try this!

  2. Rikki says:

    5 stars
    I only made the zucchini part (had leftover slaw from a different taco situation and was feeling too lazy for the crema!) I used Panko since I was all out of bread crumbs and it was INCREDIBLE. My boo was like… get these tacos outta here I just want straight zucchini!!

  3. KJ says:

    5 stars
    Where’s the option for 10 stars? These are marvelous. A true taste sensation. Perfect flavors, outstanding textures…. this will be a repeat recipe in our home!!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy that you enjoyed this recipe KJ! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment!

  4. Ellen says:

    5 stars
    OMG!!! These are delish! Meaty, zingy and just the right amount of kick. I pickled some onions to finish them off as suggested. These tacos are reminiscent a Baja style fish taco and I think I’m a zucchini lover now 😊

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy that you enjoyed this recipe Ellen! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment!

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