Grilled Veggie Tacos with Chimichurri

Grilled Veggie Tacos with Chimichurri

During the summer months, I’ll do anything I can to keep the house as cool as possible. While stovetop meals and simple salads are in heavy rotation on my weekly menu, it’s always fun to mix things up and head outside to the grill. However, I tend to get stuck in a major rut when it comes to grilling recipes and my favorite items to grill, any and all vegetables, often get relegated to side dish status. But not with these tacos. The veggies are the base of a complete and easy meal! Luckily, since Food Lion opened near my house, delicious, fresh veggies are never far away. 

Grilled Veggie Tacos with Chimichurri

 

A mixture of summer produce, such as bell peppers, eggplant and zucchini, are brushed with olive oil, seasoned generously with spices and grilled until tender and charred. The veggies are chopped into bite-sized pieces, before being spooned onto a tortilla, along with sliced avocado and a flavorful chimichurri sauce. Fresh, simple and perfect for this time of the year.

Grilled Veggie Tacos with Chimichurri
I picked up all the vegetables and herbs for this recipe from my local Food Lion. Fully stocked, affordably priced and packed with beautiful fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs (with plenty of organic options), it was hard to decide what produce to use. But that’s the beauty of this recipe. You can definitely switch things up based on your own summer favorites. Yellow squash, poblano peppers or even portabella mushrooms would be great in these tacos as well.

To save time during the week, the chimichurri sauce can be made in advance and stored in a container in the fridge. This also gives the flavors extra time to meld, as it gets better and better as it sits. If you like your chimichurri on the thicker side, use the lower amount of olive oil. Use the higher amount if you like your sauce a bit thinner.

As far as yield, the number of tacos you’ll be able to assemble will vary based on the size of your tortillas. If you use 6-inch corn or flour tortillas, you’ll get about 12 to 14 tacos. It will be less if you use the larger 10-inch size.

Grilled Veggie Tacos with Chimichurri

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: About 6 servings

Grilled Veggie Tacos with Chimichurri

Fresh summer tacos filled with a variety of grilled vegetables and topped with a flavorful chimichurri sauce.

Ingredients

    For the sauce:
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the veggies:
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 small eggplant, sliced into 1/2 to 3/4 inch rounds
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, cut into quarters
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced lengthwise in half
  • 2 medium ears corn, shucked
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • For serving:
  • Corn or flour tortillas, warmed
  • Sliced avocado

Instructions

    For the sauce:
  1. Add all the ingredients for the sauce to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until combined but still a bit chunky. Transfer the mixture to a bowl or container and let the flavors meld while you make the tacos.
  2. For the veggies:
  3. Light up a charcoal or gas grill over medium / medium high heat.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper.
  5. Brush the veggies all over with olive oil and then season with the spice mixture.
  6. Place the vegetables directly on the grill and cook until tender and charred, flipping once halfway through and rotating the ears of corn several times. The eggplant and bell pepper will take approximately 3 to 5 minutes per side. The zucchini will take about 4 to 6 minutes per side. The corn will take about 10 to 15 minutes total, rotating every few minutes. Remove the veggies to a platter and let rest until cool enough to handle.
  7. Chop the veggies into 1-inch chunks and cut off the kernels from the ears of corn.
  8. To serve:
  9. Add some of the veggies to a tortilla. Top with a few slices of avocado and a drizzle of chimichurri. Serve immediately.
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About Ashley

Ashley Jennings is the blogger behind Cook Nourish Bliss, where she shares healthy, whole foods along with a few indulgent treats. Ashley is a home cook who loves to play in the kitchen, where she is constantly tripping over her hungry beagle.   Read more from Ashley →

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