HOW TO MAKE CORN ZUCCHINI AND POBLANO TACOS

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This time of year, produce wise, is one of my favorites! While most of the country has been enjoying zucchini, corn and peppers, our little corner of the world is just recently enjoying the abundance of these veggies. Heirloom tomatoes are finally in too! 
Fresh white sweet corn easily makes it way off the cob and into the freezer. No need for blanching the corn. Simply line a sheet pan with parchment, lay the kernels on it, spreading them out evenly giving the sweet little niblets space so they don’t stick together, then freeze for about an hour.



Place the corn in freezer jars or bags for longer storage.

Summer freshness come winter is so satisfying.
Overhead shot of ingredients for Creamy Corn, Zucchini and Poblano Tacos.

EASY TACOS

Vegetarian tacos wiggle their way into our dinner menu just about every week. Planned or unplanned. I find they’re usually quick to make with ingredients I have on hand.
Or, there’s almost always a stash of tofu taco filling in the freezer (hooray!). And then there’s those nights where I’m craving breakfast tacos for dinner.

I think tacos are perfect casual food, with toasty tortillas waiting to be stuffed with something delicious.
Sliced zucchini on a cutting board with a knife.     Cut fresh corn off the cob on a cutting board.  Roasted poblano peppers in a bowl.     Peeled and roasted poblano peppers on a plate.  Corn and Zucchini and in a saute pan with a spoon.      Creamy Corn, Zucchini and Poblano taco stuffing in a pan with a spoon.

HOW TO ROAST POBLANOS

Roasting poblanos bring out their smoky flavor so if this is new territory, I encourage you to give it a go! It’s simple to do on a gas range.
  • First, simply lay the poblanos right on an open flame and blister them, rotating as needed so all sides, nooks and crannies are blistered. This takes about 10 minutes. Blistering can also be done in an oven, under the broiler in about the same amount of time.
  • Next, place the blistered poblanos in a covered container to sweat for about 10 minutes.
  • Last, slip the skin off, remove the seeds and stem.
At this point poblanos can be frozen too, you know, for that winter-time goodness. Simply place the peeled poblanos in freezer bags. When ready to use, defrost the entire bag or cut off the amount you’ll need while the peppers are still frozen.

HOW TO MAKE CORN ZUCCHINI AND POBLANO TACOS

This recipe is all about multitasking. So, while the poblanos are roasting the veggies are chopped. While the poblanos are sweating it out, the zucchini, corn and onions are cooked.
  • First, heat a bit of oil in a skillet and cook the zucchini and corn. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Second, heat a bit more oil in the same pan and cook the onions.
  • Third, once the onions are cooked add the spices, corn and zucchini. Stir in the sliced poblano peppers and stir in the sour cream. 
  • Last, warm through then stuff the mixture into warm tortillas. 
Share with your favorite tortillas, and Mexican food sides!
Closeup of Creamy Corn, Zucchini and Poblano Tacos on a plate served with chips and guacamole.

A FEW RECIPE NOTES

  • Freezer friendly? Oh yes! The poblano/corn/zucchini mixture can be frozen easily. Store in a lidded container for up to two weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and gently rewarm stove-top.
  • Time saving pro tip: poblanos can be roasted up to two days in advance if needed. They can be frozen too. Simply place the peeled poblanos in freezer bags. When ready to use, defrost the entire bag or cut off the amount you’ll need while the peppers are still frozen.
  • Share Creamy Corn, Zucchini and Poblano Tacos with favorites like avocado or charred jalapeƱo-lime guacamole, tomatoes, salsa, toasted pepitas and of course a big sprinkle of cilantro and lime. A side of Spanish brown rice is also SO nice. 
  • Vegan option? Yes please! Simply use vegan sour cream in place of dairy.

CREAMY CORN, ZUCCHINI AND POBLANO TACOS

Late summer veggies shine in Creamy Corn, Zucchini and Poblano Tacos. Easy to pull together and freezer friendly! Vegetarian + Gluten Free with Vegan Option.
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Mexican, American
Keyword: Easy Vegetarina Tacos, gluten free tacos, Mexican food, Vegan Tacos
Servings: 10 - 12 Tacos
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Traci York | Vanilla And Bean

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C (40g) Pepitas
  • 3 (10oz / 300g) Poblanos
  • 4 tsp Coconut Oil, melted, unrefined virgin-cold pressed
  • 1 lb (465g) Zucchini sliced into bite size pieces - about 2 1/2 C
  • 1 1/4 C (170g) Sweet Corn fresh off the cob if you can get it, otherwise, frozen
  • 2 C (200g) Purple Onion, sliced in 1/2 moons, about one large
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic minced
  • 3/4 tsp Cumin ground
  • 3/4 tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano dried
  • 1/2 C (130g) Sour Cream or Creme Fraiche or sub vegan sour cream for vegan option
  • 1/2 Lime, juiced
  • 1 Fist Full of Fresh Cilantro chopped for serving

Serve With:

  • 10-12 Corn or Flour Tortillas gluten free if needed, look for organic and/or non GMO
  • Avocado
  • Salsa
  • Fresh Cherry Tomatoes
  • Lime Wedges

Instructions

In a non stick pan, toast the pepitas on medium low heat for about three minutes, tossing and flipping the pepitas until they are slightly golden and fragrant. Remove from pan and set aside to cool. 
  • Blister poblanos on a medium open stove top flame turning as needed until all the skin is charred, about 10 minutes. Alternatively, set oven rack to top. Heat oven to broiling. Set the poblanos on an unlined sheet pan and broil, turning the poblanos every 2-3 minutes to blister, for about 10 minutes. Once blistered set the poblanos in a covered bowl for 10 minutes (this will make them easier to peel!). Peel, remove the stem and seeds and slice into bite size pieces. Set aside. 
  • In a large saute pan, add 2 tsp of oil. Heat until shimmering. Turn heat to medium and add the zucchini. Cook, stirring only a few times, for about 8 minutes, a bit of browning is okay. Add the corn and cook for another 2 minutes (the pan will be a bit crowded). Remove from pan and set aside. 
  • In the same pan, add the last 2 tsp of oil. Heat until shimmering. Turn heat to medium low and add the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes or until softened. Stir in garlic, cumin, sea salt and oregano. Stir to coat. Turn heat to low, add the poblanos, corn and zucchini mixture and the sour cream. Stir to incorporate all the ingredients on low heat to gently warm. A few more tablespoons of sour cream can be added if desired. Squeeze 1/2 lime over mixture, stir, remove from heat. Put a lid on it to keep warm. 
  • Warm tortillas over a low open stove flame, about 20 seconds each side for charring or according to package directions. Serve warm tortillas with filling and toppings as desired. Serve right away. 

Notes

To freeze, place zucchini mixture in a freezer proof container for up to three weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and gently rewarm over low heat.
Recipe adapted from Rick Bayless. 
Nutrition is provided as an estimate (per serving) and courtesy. If this information is important to you, please verify it independently.
Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 14.9mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2.1mg

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