With tacos, anything goes. There's nothing better than seasonal butternut squash, freshly picked apples, and a little heat to spice things up. I dare you not to be blissfully content after eating these. —Oat&Sesame
Test Kitchen Notes
A melange of autumnal colors and flavors, Oat&Sesame’s tacos are fresh and vibrant. Sweet butternut squash blends with crisp raw apple, and the tart yet uber-creamy sauce helps tie the dish together. The recipe lists beans as optional, but I think they bring the tacos to new levels of exciting, flavor-wise; plus, who doesn’t want a boost of protein? I made the drizzle with both Veganaise and regular mayo—both were delicious! —Rebecca Firkser
large (or 2 small) butternut squash
red bell peppers
Olive oil, to coat
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers)
1 to 2 tablespoons
can black beans, mashed or refried beans, optional
Peel the butternut squash and chop into cubes. Chop the red pepper into slices.
Combine red pepper and butternut squash in a bowl. Toss with a tablespoon or two of olive oil to coat. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for about 20 minutes, until tender and starting to brown, giving them a toss about halfway through the cooking time.
While the veggies are roasting, whip up the dressing. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, adobo sauce, and lime juice (add 1 to 2 tablespoons, tasting after the first tablespoon), and whisk together until smooth. You can add salt to taste and more chipotle sauce to taste. Set aside.
Warm the black beans or refried beans in a small pot on low . Smash the black beans a bit and add a little lime juice and olive oil to loosen them.
Char each side of the tortillas on the open flame of your gas stovetop. Each side takes about 45 seconds. Wrap them in foil or a tea towel to keep warm as you go. The other option is to pan fry them on the stovetop. Tortillas always need to be served warm!
When everything is ready, assemble tacos. Beans, veggies, apple, chipotle drizzle, and cilantro. Smile.