Easy Mushroom Tacos

This mushroom tacos recipe is quick to make and bursting with savory flavor, starring meaty portobellos and creamy refried beans!…

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This mushroom tacos recipe is quick to make and bursting with savory flavor, starring meaty portobellos and creamy refried beans!

Mushroom Tacos

Here’s a quick and easy taco recipe perfect for weeknights: try these easy Mushroom Tacos! Portobello mushrooms have enormous savory flavor: throw them in a skillet with some punchy seasonings and they make plant-based magic. This recipe is for when you have just a few minutes to throw together a meal: combine those portobellos with creamy refried beans and the quickest slaw, and you’ve got dinner!

Ingredients in mushroom tacos

This mushroom tacos recipe comes together in a flash: it should take you about 20 to 25 minutes to put together. The taco is a Mexican invention, likely from the Aztec times, and was first introduced in the US in 1905. We honor the great tradition of Mexican cuisine in this recipe! The only part that requires cooking is sautéing the portobello mushrooms with a few spices. Combine those with canned refried beans to add enough protein to keep these tacos filling. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Cumin seed, cumin, smoked paprika, salt and pepper
  • Lime
  • Refried beans
  • Cabbage
  • Avocado
  • Pico de gallo
  • Queso fresco (optional)
  • Tortillas

All you’ve got to do is sauté the mushrooms with spices, then make a quick slaw and top them with toppings. You don’t even need to make a sauce, though you can top with sour cream if you like. They’re juicy and delicious as is!

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Refried beans are key for protein

These mushroom tacos are plant-based and vegan. But here’s the important thing to know about thsee tasty fungi: mushrooms can’t stand in for protein! The flavor of these portobellos is like a bite of steak (literally!). But it has no protein, so you’ve got to add other elements with plant based protein to make a filling meal!

Don’t like refried beans? You’ll want to make sure to add other plant based protein here:. Try Seasoned Black Beans or even Vegan Walnut Taco Meat, which has nuts for added protein. You could also try

Serving size for these mushroom tacos

This mushroom tacos recipe is so simple to make and bursting with flavor! Here’s one note to keep in mind on serving size:

  • The mushrooms shrink down in the pan. It looks like a lot at first, but as they cook off the water the mushrooms shrink in volume.
  • Add just a handful of mushrooms per taco. It will still add massive flavor. Place them on a generous helping of refried beans.
  • If you’re feeding very hungry eaters, make 1.5 times the mushrooms and double the beans. Or, you can accessorize with more hearty side dishes! See below.
Mushroom Tacos

About Portobello mushrooms (and substitutes)

The Portobello variety of mushroom makes these tacos: it’s so hearty and savory! But there are a few substitutes if you can’t find them. Here’s what you need to know bout this mighty mushroom:

  • Portobello mushrooms (aka portobella or portabella) are one of the most widely consumed varieties in the world. They taste intensely meaty and savory, with loads of umami.
  • Where to find them: You can find portobello mushrooms at most mainstream grocery stores. Often they come packaged in containers with 3 to 6 mushroom caps. If you get 6, make 1.5 times this recipe! (See below.)
  • Fun fact: the button mushroom and cremini (also known as baby bella) are the same variety of mushroom, just earlier growth stages! The portobello is the oldest stage, so it has the most meaty and savory flavor. So you can substitute the cremini or baby bella if you can’t find portobellos.

Tips on warming tortillas

One last thing about these mushroom tacos: make sure to warm tortillas! It’s impossible to make a good taco with a cold, leathery tortilla. Here’s how to warm tortillas like a pro:

  • Place them over the flame of a gas burner (preferred!). Place each tortilla directly on a gas burner for a few seconds per side, turning with tongs. This lightly chars the edges and warms the tortillas (so they’ll look like the photos). Then throw them into a tortilla warmer!
  • Warm them in the oven. If you don’t have a gas burner, you can warm them in the oven. Go to How to Warm Tortillas. You can also char them with a kitchen torch, if you’re a stickler for a charred tortilla (which is what we did here, because we cook on induction!).
Mushroom Tacos

Make it a meal: side dishes for mushroom tacos

Want to make these mushroom tacos into a filling meal? Here are a few side dishes that go with tacos:

What else would you serve with these vegan tacos? Let us know in the comments!

More mushroom recipes

Love mushrooms? Here are a few more tasty mushroom recipes you’ll enjoy:

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Mushroom Tacos

Easy Mushroom Tacos


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 13 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 tacos
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This mushroom tacos recipe is quick to make and bursting with savory flavor, starring meaty portobellos and creamy refried beans!


Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 large portobello mushrooms*, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seed
  • ½ teaspoon each ground cumin and smoked paprika
  • Scant ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon lime juice (1/4 lime)
  • 15-ounce can refried beans
  • 1/4 medium red cabbage
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • For serving: pico de gallo (required), queso fresco or feta cheese crumbles (optional)
  • 8 tortillas

Instructions

  1. Sauté the mushrooms: Slice the mushrooms into 1/4-inch slices. Mince the garlic. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Lower the heat to medium and stir in the additional 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, cumin seed, cumin, smoked paprika, kosher salt and black pepper. Cook 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant, then turn off the heat and stir in the lime juice.
  2. Heat the beans: Heat the refried beans in a small saucepan until warm. Taste and add a few pinches of kosher salt if necessary.
  3. Make the quick slaw: Shred the red cabbage. Place it in a bowl and add the juice of 1 lime quarter and 2 pinches of kosher salt. Dice the avocado, if using.
  4. Warm the tortillas: Warm and char the tortillas by placing them on an open gas flame on medium for a few seconds per side, flipping with tongs, until they are slightly blackened and warm. (See How to Warm Tortillas.)
  5. Assemble the tacos: Add a generous spoonful of refried beans, a small handful of mushrooms*, slaw, avocado, pico de gallo, and cheese crumbles, if using.

Notes

*The serving size makes 8 modest tacos. If serving very hungry eaters, you may want to make 1.5 times the mushrooms and double the refried beans, or add some hearty side dishes.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican inspired

Keywords: Mushroom tacos

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Portobello Mushroom Pizza

This portobello mushroom pizza flips the typical pizza on its head! Use the mushroom as a crust for an easy dinner or side dish. Portobello mushroom pizza sounds like mushrooms are the toppings, right? Well, meet the new best way to use portobellos on pizza: as the crust! There’s no veggie that’s not delicious with pizza on top, and mushrooms are no exception. These meaty giant fungi make the perfect personal pizza size for all your favorite toppings. Use the idea as a tasty gluten free dinner, or a fun side dish. Here’s how to pull off this trick! Basic idea for portobello mushroom pizza The concept of portobello mushroom pizza is very simple: roast the mushrooms, add the toppings, and bake until the cheese melts. But as with any recipe, there are a few helpful hints to keep in mind for the process. Brush the portbello caps with oil and spices. Get them fully covered, then sprinkle with salt. Roast at 450 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes, until nice and tender. Drain of all excess water! This is the most important part of the process. Mushrooms are full of water, and release water as they bake. Discard all […]

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This portobello mushroom pizza flips the typical pizza on its head! Use the mushroom as a crust for an easy dinner or side dish.

Portobello Mushroom Pizza

Portobello mushroom pizza sounds like mushrooms are the toppings, right? Well, meet the new best way to use portobellos on pizza: as the crust! There’s no veggie that’s not delicious with pizza on top, and mushrooms are no exception. These meaty giant fungi make the perfect personal pizza size for all your favorite toppings. Use the idea as a tasty gluten free dinner, or a fun side dish. Here’s how to pull off this trick!

Basic idea for portobello mushroom pizza

The concept of portobello mushroom pizza is very simple: roast the mushrooms, add the toppings, and bake until the cheese melts. But as with any recipe, there are a few helpful hints to keep in mind for the process.

  • Brush the portbello caps with oil and spices. Get them fully covered, then sprinkle with salt.
  • Roast at 450 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes, until nice and tender.
  • Drain of all excess water! This is the most important part of the process. Mushrooms are full of water, and release water as they bake. Discard all of the water to avoid watery pizza.
  • Top and bake again. Just a few more minutes in the oven is all they need: just to melt the cheese!
Portobello pizza

Key to the flavor: Pecorino Romano cheese

Here’s a tip we love to use for topping any type of pizza: use Pecorino Romano cheese! Pecorino Romano cheese is an aged Italian cheese that’s similar to Parmesan, but even saltier and more savory. Trust us: this will revolutionize your pizza! Put a few sprinkles on a portobello pizza and it’s gold.

What’s a Pecorino substitute? Parmesan cheese is pretty close, but doesn’t have quite the magic of Pecorino. If you do decide to use it, make sure to add another pinch of salt to the top of each pizza.

More topping ideas for portobello pizza

You can use any toppings you like on portobello mushroom pizza, of course! If you have 5 minutes, our Easy Pizza Sauce is incredible delicious. Then add whatever you like! This recipe is more of a concept than a strict guide to follow. A few topping ideas to try:

  • Pepperoni or Prosciutto
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Jarred bell peppers
  • Olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Herbs like basil, oregano or thyme

Toppings to avoid? Because portobellos do have extra moisture, avoid watery toppings like fresh mozzarella cheese or burrata.

Portobello mushroom pizza

How to serve a portobello mushroom pizza

Last important thing to note: this portobello mushroom pizza is not quite a meal in itself. Whatever way you serve it, a mushroom is not nearly as filling as a traditional pizza crust. So if you’re serving this as a main dish, make sure to add some hearty, filling side dishes. You also can serve the pizzas as a side dish. Here are some ideas for ways to serve portobello pizza as a main:

More portobello recipes

Not sure about you, but we’re a little obsessed with the meaty, succulent portobello mushroom. This mighty fungus is pretty darn special. Here are a few more of our favorite portobello recipes for ideas to serve it:

Portobello pizza

This portobello pizza recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Portobello Mushroom Pizza

Easy Portobello Mushroom Pizza


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 pizzas (4 as a side, 2 to 3 as a main)
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This portobello mushroom pizza flips the typical pizza on its head! Use the mushroom as a crust for an easy dinner or side dish.


Ingredients

  • 6 medium portobello caps (about 10 to 12 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Easy Pizza Sauce
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup Pecorino Romano cheese (highly recommended*)
  • Toppings: sliced Fresno peppers, fresh basil, other toppings as desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Clean the portobello mushrooms and remove the stems. Place the mushrooms on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet gill side up. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil with the oregano and garlic powder. Brush the tops and bottoms of the mushroom caps with the oil, adding a little more to the bowl of spices if it runs out. Sprinkle the kosher salt evenly divided among the mushroom caps.
  3. Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast the mushrooms for 10 to 15 minutes until tender. Once baked, drain the caps of all of the excess liquid (this step is important: otherwise the mushrooms are much too watery).
  4. Turn down the oven heat to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread each cap with pizza sauce, then add mozzarella and Pecorino cheese, and desired toppings. Bake 6 to 8 minutes until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.  

Notes

*Pecorino has the best savory, salty flavor. If you can’t find it, substitute Parmesan cheese but add a few more pinches salt. 

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Pizza

Keywords: Portobello mushroom pizza, Portobello pizza

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Portobello Mushroom Burger

Here’s how to make a portobello mushroom burger that everyone loves: grilled or roasted! Savory and meaty, it’s irresistible with cheese and special sauce. Oh, hello. Meet: your perfect portobello mushroom burger. This giant meaty mushroom is irresistible on is own. But add it to a burger bun and pile it high with toppings, and it’s downright outrageous! So you can make it in any season, we’ve got two methods: grilled or roasted. Of course, we prefer it grilled and eaten on the patio with the wafting smell of charcoal..but that’s just us! It’s fantastic in any season. Here are all the tricks to the very best portbello mushroom burger (we think). Make a portobello mushroom burger: grilled or roasted! To get the very best portobello mushroom burger there is, we think the grill is the number 1 method. But if it’s not summer and you want to make it too: roasting is nearly as tasty. Here’s a breakdown on both methods: Grilled portobello burger: You’ll use our Grilled Portobello Mushrooms method: grill those babies for about 15 minutes at medium high heat. Start with the gill side up, so when you flip all the extra liquid goes into the […]

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Here’s how to make a portobello mushroom burger that everyone loves: grilled or roasted! Savory and meaty, it’s irresistible with cheese and special sauce.

Portobello mushroom burger

Oh, hello. Meet: your perfect portobello mushroom burger. This giant meaty mushroom is irresistible on is own. But add it to a burger bun and pile it high with toppings, and it’s downright outrageous! So you can make it in any season, we’ve got two methods: grilled or roasted. Of course, we prefer it grilled and eaten on the patio with the wafting smell of charcoal..but that’s just us! It’s fantastic in any season. Here are all the tricks to the very best portbello mushroom burger (we think).

Make a portobello mushroom burger: grilled or roasted!

To get the very best portobello mushroom burger there is, we think the grill is the number 1 method. But if it’s not summer and you want to make it too: roasting is nearly as tasty. Here’s a breakdown on both methods:

  • Grilled portobello burger: You’ll use our Grilled Portobello Mushrooms method: grill those babies for about 15 minutes at medium high heat. Start with the gill side up, so when you flip all the extra liquid goes into the grates.
  • Roasted portobello burger: You need only 15 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit to roast up your mushrooms! Make sure to drain the extra liquid. Sometimes we like to add a few shakes of liquid smoke before roasting to emulate a grilled flavor. Just be careful not to overdo it!
Grilled portobello mushrooms

Two important things to know about portbello burgers

The key to the perfect portobello mushroom burger is the toppings. An important thing to keep in mind: portobello mushrooms have a soft texture. Sometimes they can get a little lost in the bun. This is why the toppings are so important. They add contrasting textures to make for a satisfying sandwich.

Another thing: portobello mushrooms are not filling! Because you’re using them in place of a protein, you’d think that they’d be just as filling as burger. Nope! A portobello mushroom burger is not filling unless you add toppings that have some protein. That’s why we like to load ours with cheese…

Portobello burger

Load on toppings to add texture and keep it filling!

With those two things in mind, you can construct a portobello mushroom burger that has texture and is filing! Here are the toppings that we chose — but of course, you can get creative and use whatever you’d like:

  • Lots of cheese! To keep it filling, we like to add lots of cheese (two slices). Substitute your favorite vegan cheese for a plant-based sandwich.
  • Crunchy veggies: Lettuce and red onion help to add texture and crunch
  • Tomato: Because it’s just good.
  • Sauces: It’s also important to add some great sauces to amp the flavor. We like adding Basil Pesto because it’s garlicky (optional), and then of course our Special Burger Sauce that’s super tangy, creamy and savory all at once.
Burger sauce

Top with special sauce

This Special Burger Sauce we created just for these portobello mushroom burgers! Veggie burgers in particular need good sauces, because they can be dry or bland without them. This burger sauce is like all your favorite burger condiments in one, and tastes a little like a Big Mac sauce. Here’s what’s in it:

  • Organic ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard (either yellow or Dijon)
  • Pickle juice
  • Hot sauce
Portobello mushroom burger

Make it a meal! What to serve with portobello mushroom burgers

These portobello mushroom burgers are a great vegetarian or vegan dinner idea! There are lots of sides that go well with burgers: here are some of our favorites:

This portobello mushroom burger recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use vegan cheese or omit and load with other toppings!

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Portobello mushroom burger

Perfect Portobello Mushroom Burger


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s how to make a portobello mushroom burger that everyone loves: grilled or roasted! Savory and meaty, it’s irresistible with cheese and special sauce.


Ingredients

  • 4 portobello mushrooms
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 slices provolone or sharp cheddar cheese (or substitute vegan cheese)
  • For serving: Buns, lettuce, tomato, red onion, Basil Pesto (optional), Special Burger Sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit) or preheat an oven to 450 degrees*.
  2. Clean the portobello mushrooms and remove the stems. Place them on a baking sheet gill side up. Drizzle the tops the olive oil and use your hands to rub on the bottoms. Then place them back on the sheet gill side up and sprinkle with garlic powder, smoked paprika, kosher salt and several grinds of black pepper. Rub them until evenly coated.
  3. For the grilled method: Place the mushrooms directly on the grates gill side up, and grill 10 to 14 minutes until tender and juicy. Liquid will pool in the cap. Flip the mushrooms (this drains the liquid into the grates). Then top with the add cheese slices and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until melted. Tip: Step up your burger and grill the burger buns for about 1 minute on one side until lightly toasted!
  4. For the roasted method: Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast for 15 minutes until tender. Drain of any excess liquid, then top with cheese and roast another 1 minute until the cheese melts.
  5. Serve: Place the mushrooms on buns. Top with lettuce, tomato, red onion, basil pesto (optional), and Special Burger Sauce.

Notes

*If you want to infuse a little smoky flavor to the roasted version, add a few shakes of liquid smoke to each mushroom (it’s potent, so don’t overdo it).

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled or Roasted
  • Cuisine: American

More great veggie burgers

There are lots of other great ways to make a veggie burger! Try them all:

  • Best Veggie Burger This mouthwatering veggie burger is slathered with barbecue sauce and doesn’t fall apart on the grill! It’s truly the best you’ll find.
  • Best Chickpea Burgers A hugely satisfying plant-based dinner! Here they’re painted with BBQ and served topped with vegan bacon and spicy mayo.
  • Black Bean Burger Bursting with flavor! Gluten free and topped with spicy mayo & sprouts.
  • Falafel Burger Easy to make and healthier than traditional falafel! Serve with or without a bun, topped with any sauce you like.

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