This is a fun, healthy recipe to change up your Mexican meals. Bet you almost can't tell that there isn't meat! Use as substitute for meat in tacos, enchiladas, or your favorite Mexican meals. Fill taco shells with eggplant mixture and top with your favorite fixings!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir onion, lemon juice, garlic, and jalapeno pepper into skillet; bring to a simmer and cook until onions soften, about 3 minutes.

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  • Stir eggplant, cumin, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, and seasoned salt into onion mixture; drizzle remaining olive oil over the top. Cook, stirring occasionally, until eggplant reduces in size and softens, about 15 minutes. Spoon eggplant mixture into tortilla shells.

Nutrition Facts

254.9 calories; 3.8 g protein; 23.3 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 193 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2015
These were amazingly good tacos for not having meat in them. Hubby and I are big meat eaters and not big on eggplant but we both enjoyed them very much. The seasonings used are a great way to dress up eggplant. Give this one a try for something fun and unique! Read More
(13)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/03/2017
The concept for these tacos was good, and the flavor was there. The recipe was not well conceived, however. It wasn't clear how much eggplant to use. It would have been better to specify what kind of eggplant (European, Italian, Japanese) and what size (small, medium, large). Even better would have been to specify the weight. Also, should it be peeled or not? What size cubes should it be cut into? For the four taco shells it called for, we used seven medium-sized Japanese eggplants, peeled. The amount of lemon juice and spice mix called for was way out of proportion. We used only one quarter of the amount called for and it was plenty. The order of adding ingredients to the pan wasn't smart either. The garlic will burn before the eggplant is cooked. We added the onion and the eggplant to the pan together first. Then we added the spice mix and the garlic and jalapeño. Finally, after the eggplant was cooked, we added the lemon juice. The consistency, as expected, was mushy. We didn't care for this consistency. It might have been better inside a flour tortilla and rolled like a burrito. The author states that you won't miss the meat. But, unless you pair this recipe with some beans (or other protein), your body will miss the protein. We served beans and rice on the side. Read More
(4)
31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2015
These were amazingly good tacos for not having meat in them. Hubby and I are big meat eaters and not big on eggplant but we both enjoyed them very much. The seasonings used are a great way to dress up eggplant. Give this one a try for something fun and unique! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2015
These were amazingly good tacos for not having meat in them. Hubby and I are big meat eaters and not big on eggplant but we both enjoyed them very much. The seasonings used are a great way to dress up eggplant. Give this one a try for something fun and unique! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2015
Very good recipe and a great option for using eggplant! I topped with pico de gallo and avacado and used two jalapeños and cherry pepers for some added heat. I reduced all the spices to just a couple shakes maybe 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon and didn't have cumin so used cayenne powder. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/03/2017
The concept for these tacos was good, and the flavor was there. The recipe was not well conceived, however. It wasn't clear how much eggplant to use. It would have been better to specify what kind of eggplant (European, Italian, Japanese) and what size (small, medium, large). Even better would have been to specify the weight. Also, should it be peeled or not? What size cubes should it be cut into? For the four taco shells it called for, we used seven medium-sized Japanese eggplants, peeled. The amount of lemon juice and spice mix called for was way out of proportion. We used only one quarter of the amount called for and it was plenty. The order of adding ingredients to the pan wasn't smart either. The garlic will burn before the eggplant is cooked. We added the onion and the eggplant to the pan together first. Then we added the spice mix and the garlic and jalapeño. Finally, after the eggplant was cooked, we added the lemon juice. The consistency, as expected, was mushy. We didn't care for this consistency. It might have been better inside a flour tortilla and rolled like a burrito. The author states that you won't miss the meat. But, unless you pair this recipe with some beans (or other protein), your body will miss the protein. We served beans and rice on the side. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2015
This tasted amazing and was so quick and simple! I used flour tortillas instead and topped it with cheese and salvodorean sour cream. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2015
Very good. We topped it with cheese fresh diced tomato diced red onion boiled sweet potato and a squeeze of lime. Next time we may add a little sour cream and cilantro also. Read More
(3)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2017
I made the eggplant filing exactly as written but then.....forget the taco shell.....we put it in warm pita bread added some hummus and topped it with yogurt sauce (plain yogurt lime juice cilantro) and BAM amazing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/22/2016
None of my family cared for this. I love eggplant but the flavor combinations didn't work for me. It is a good recipe though and I'm glad I tried it even though it was a personal taste issue. I feel bad about giving the recipe only 3 stars but it didn't turn out to be something we loved. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2018
Absolutely Fantastic! I love eggplant but don't always want it as an Italian dish. This was perfect! I did add one small chicken breast cut into fajita style strips in case the kids didn't like the eggplant. They ended up liking the eggplant. And I don't keep seasoned salt on hand so I used Chef Prudhomme's Fajita magic seasoning instead. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/13/2016
These were pretty good. I added some chopped tomato and red bell pepper. Only 4 out of 5 stars because it gave me terrible heartburn. Read More
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