Who does not love a good taco? Not sure if broccoli goes with tacos? Of course, it does. Broccoli goes with almost everything—spice up your favorite taco recipe with some delicious broccoli.
Broccoli has an earthy taste, and adding the right ingredients can enhance the flavor resulting in a delicious meal. Incorporating broccoli into tacos equals a healthier and more delicious Mexican-inspired dish.
Trying to figure out how to incorporate broccoli into your tacos? It is simple and when done right it can be delicious. Broccoli, whether it is blanched, grilled, or steamed can be delicious in your favorite taco.
Does Broccoli Go with Tacos?
When I say broccoli can go with anything, I mean anything except desserts, literally. We all love tacos, meat, veggies, salsa, and cheese. Who does not like that combo? Broccoli has an earthy taste, and incorporating it with intense flavors like cheese and salsa neutralizes the taste of broccoli and enhances the taste of the rest of your ingredients.
I won’t recommend adding raw broccoli to your taco but blanched, steamed, or grilled broccoli will add exotic flavors to your taco.
Steamed Broccoli Tacos
When steaming broccoli for your taco, take extra caution to keep the broccoli firm. Begin by preparing your steamed broccoli which can be used in any taco recipe. Place your broccoli florets in a steamer and steam for approx.
Ten minutes or until tender but still firm. I would advise you to keep the broccoli pieces whole when using them in tacos with steamed broccoli.
Here is a fantastic and easy recipe to use with steamed broccoli.
Broccoli steamed (2 cups)
Onion powder (1/4 tsp)
Garlic powder (1/4 tsp)
Mayonnaise (1/4 cup)
Onion (2 tsp)
Cheese (grated) (1 cup)
Flour tortillas (6)
Preheat your oven to 400F
Mix your sauce by adding the mayonnaise, garlic powder, and onion powder to a small bowl.
Put your tacos in the oven for 3 minutes or until crispy and warm.
Fill your warm tacos with firmly steamed broccoli florets, finely chopped onion, grated cheese, and top of with mayonnaise.
Steamed broccoli may be a bit extreme for some. Maybe grilled broccoli is more your thing.
Grilled Broccoli Tacos
Grilling your broccoli before adding it to tacos can give your taco a nice, char-grilled flavor. I would recommend grilling your broccoli on the BBQ or in a pan, not in the oven. When grilling your broccoli in the pan, place olive oil in a pan and bring it to medium heat.
Grill your broccoli for two minutes on each side, seasoning with salt and pepper as you go along. When grilling your broccoli on the BBQ, make sure your grid is nice and hot, grill your broccoli until golden brown and charred.
Grilled broccoli can be incorporated with many different flavors, for example, an Asian-inspired grilled broccoli taco.
Grilled broccoli (4 cups)
Onions (1/2 cup)
Feta (2 tbsp)
Roasted peanuts (2 tbsp)
Garlic (1 clove)
Mayonnaise (1 cup)
Parsley (1 tsp)
Preheat your oven to 400F
In a medium bowl mix the mayo, sugar, garlic, and parsley.
Place the tacos in your oven for 5 minutes or until crispy and warm
Assemble your taco by filling it with the grilled broccoli, onion, peanuts, feta, lettuce, and your garlic mayo.
Blanched Broccoli Tacos
Blanched broccoli is not everybody’s cup of tea, but for the dear devils among us, it can be the perfect component to your favorite taco. Blanched broccoli will also give your taco a fantastic pop of bright green.
When using blanched broccoli as a filling in your taco, it may be better to make a salad component with the broccoli. I will share my go-to blanched broccoli salad with you. It will be perfect for any chicken taco.
Blanched broccoli salad:
Broccoli (1 head)
Mayonnaise (1 cup)
Condensed Milk (2 tbsp)
Salt (to taste)
Garlic powder (1 tsp)
Pepper (to taste)
Raisins (1 tsp)
Bacon (1 cup)
Boil water in a medium saucepan. In a big bowl, prepare ice water.
Place your raw broccoli into the boiling water for approx. Eight minutes, remove from the boiling water and transfer to the ice water to stop the cooking process.
Cut your blanched broccoli into small bite-size pieces, set aside for later.
In a pan bring olive oil to medium heat, add the bacon, and cook until crispy.
In a large salad bowl, add your broccoli, bacon, mayonnaise, condensed milk, spices, and raisins. Mix well and add salt if needed.
This broccoli salad can be used in tacos with grated cheddar cheese, fresh tomatoes, and onions.
Is blanched broccoli too extreme for you? Don’t worry. There is one last way you can use broccoli in tacos.
Broccoli Salsa With Tacos
Yes, you read correctly! Broccoli salsa is a thing. This is good news for all my fellow broccoli lovers out there.
Broccoli salsa is much simpler than it sounds. All you need is a food processer.
You will need to place your broccoli florets in a food processor and process them until your broccoli florets are the size of grains of rice.
Broccoli rice (2 cups)
Red onion (1/2 cup)
Cilantro (2 tbsp)
Red pepper (1 cup)
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Lemon juice (1/2 cup)
Carrot grated (1/2 cup)
Toss all the components together in a mixing bowl add more salt if needed. This broccoli salsa can be served in a grilled chicken taco topped up with creme fraiche or ranch dressing.
This sounds like a bulletproof recipe, and I will try it out when having my next Taco Tuesday.
Thank you for joining me on this green and healthy journey. Now we know that broccoli can be used in tacos. Remember there are many methods that you can use to incorporate broccoli into your taco recipes.
I will embrace the broccoli salsa as well as the grilled broccoli in my next Mexican feast.