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Vegan Eggplant Carnitas Tacos (GF)

These Vegan Eggplant Carnitas Tacos are full of flavour, seriously meaty, and really satisfying. They're a great healthy, plant-based dinner for Mexican night! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword eggplant tacos, vegan carnitas, vegan tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 95kcal
Author Rhian Williams

Ingredients

For the eggplant:

  • 2 eggplants (aubergine) , tops cut off and halved

For the carnitas sauce:

  • 1 onion , roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , peeled
  • Handful of fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 60 ml orange juice (freshly squeezed or from a carton)
  • 1 medium-sized tomato , roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch cayenne chilli pepper to taste
  • Salt + pepper to taste

To serve (suggestions):

Instructions

For the eggplant:

  • Lay out the eggplant skin-side up on a baking tray lined with baking paper and roast in the oven for around 30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit), until soft enough to pierce easily with a fork
  • Once the eggplant is cooked, use a fork to shred the flesh of the eggplant. The shredded flesh should easily fall out of the outer skin

For the carnitas sauce:

  • Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and whizz until smooth
  • Place the sauce in a pot and cook on a low heat for around 10 minutes
  • Once the eggplant is done, place the shredded eggplant into the pot and cook for another couple of minutes*

To serve:

  • Serve the eggplant carnitas with tortillas, stuffed with desired ingredients

Notes

*You could add some black beans or green lentils for extra protein.

Nutrition

Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 676mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg