Panko Baked Avocado Fajita Tacos

One thing (out of many) that I love about living in California is the produce. I understand that fruits and vegetables go through seasonal changes but we grow almost everything in this state. When I went to New York a few months ago, Bailey and I stopped by a random Whole Foods to buy a bottle of wine for our hosts. I noticed that almost of the signs in the produce area wrote “Grown in California”. Call me sheltered, because back home it seemed common sense that the food was grown within the state. Duh. Sustainability, right?

My oblivious, born and raised in CA brain did not realize that other cities and towns do not have the same perfect climate that we have to grow delicious fruits and veggies.

PS: Yes, I was also shocked that they do not sell alcohol in the same place as foods on the East Coast! I honestly have a beer maybe once a week so it is not a big deal to me but I never heard that kind of law before. The worker there looked at me like I was the biggest tourist (or crazy) when I asked him where the wine section was. He pointed out the doors and across the street to a wine boutique.

If I ever move to that side of the nation, how am I suppose to pair my wine with my cheese if I am in a rush? First world problems.

Just wanted to show off the nice weather from my roof top.

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I was kind of in a cooking rut, so I texted my b-e-a-utiful sister and hustled her for some recipes I could steal for the blog. She gave me a few great options and I headed to the market down the street to pick up a few ingredients. Turns out, they do not sell eggplants (weird) and I did not have time to drive so I had to make use of what I had.

My whole produce tangent was because of avocados. Yes. Creamy, delicious, good-on-everything avocados. And they are abundant here. Year round. I am afraid to move and have to pay $4 for an avocado. I get them here for 89 cents and it is such a bargain.

So I put my thinking cap on and a lightbulb came flashing through! A-ha!

Baked avocados! Breaded with panko! In a taco? Yes! AKA the food love-baby of my Eggs In a Hole (Avocado Style) and Panko Baked Eggplant Caprese recipes.

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Panko Baked Avocado Fajita Taco

Prep Time: 25 Minutes

Cook Time: 12 Minutes

Serves: 3

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Medium Hass Avocados
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Jalapeño
  • 2 Eggs
  • ~1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ~1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Cooking Oil
  • Queso Fresco (or any kind of cheese but get QF if possible)
  • Parsley, for garnish
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Salt, pepper and oregano, to taste
  • Baking paper

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1. Preheat the oven to 425° degrees.

2. Cut your avocados in half and then each half in to fours (8 slices total for each whole avocado).

3. Set up your working station by having three different bowls. First bowl with flour, second bowl with two well-beaten eggs (with pepper and salt), third bowl with panko crumbs.

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4. Throw your avocado into the flour bowl and coat it thoroughly. They are more sturdy then you think, so just tap it against the edge to get the excess out.

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5. Dip the avocado into the egg bowl and let it drip until it is evenly coated and thin.

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6. Drop the avocado into the panko crumb bowl until it is coated enough that it blends in.

7. Put on a baking sheet with olive oil generously drizzled on top and bottom of the panko-covered avocados.

8. When oven is done preheating, slide the avocados in for twelve minutes. Flip them over half way (6 minute mark).

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9. While avocados are baking, wash and chop the bell pepper and jalapeños into thin slices.

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10. Cook them in a large pan with cooking oil, oregano, salt, pepper and fresh parsley until soft but still retaining the firm texture.

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11. Heat up a few corn tortillas on your tortilla griddle.

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12. Garnish with parsley, queso fresco and a splash of lime. Amazing. Seriously.

Was walking on Valencia St today and saw this transporting truck. Pretty badass, no? In a crime noir sort of way?

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Are you allowed to buy alcohol in supermarkets in your area? What’s your favorite taco combination?

15 thoughts on “Panko Baked Avocado Fajita Tacos

  1. I just bookmarked this recipe!! So excited to make it at home. I had avocado tacos in Austin and they were absolutely delicious. Your recipe is very similar but healthier…which I love. :)

  2. Holy Guacamole! (pun intended). That sounds stupid-good. Nice improvise there!

    I’m kind of obsessed with this handy little trick::
    flat-top griddle (pancake pan) sprinkle Cotija cheese (which is another Mexican cheese, think Mexican parmesan) in a circle a little less in circumference than the tortilla you’re using.

    All you need is the lightly greased griddle and the circle o’ crumbled cheese = nothing else!
    Once golden brown flop onto your ’tilla, your leftover avocado, tomatillo salsa (jar is cool) and a squeeze of lime.
    Vegetarian, simple ingredients, mmm.

    I’ve lived in Colorado so long, I forget that there even IS booze at the grocery. Shocks and delights me every time!

  3. ugh I want your life. I live in the arctic and as much as I love squash, at some point (generally around february) I can’t deal with it anymore. AND alcohol is super regulated here so you can only buy it at the LCBO which is a lame ass chain that are inconveniently located and they mark up the prices tenfold. Thankfully my brother is a wine agent so he keeps my glass full when I need it.

    Another thing that sucks here? Mexican food. It’s complete shit. Alright enough complaining for today. I’ll make these tacos and wallow in my sorrows…

  4. Having grown up in the Northeast, my mind was blown the first time I walked into a supermarket with both beer and wine in NC. Then I got to CA and realized I could by a bottle of gin, my favorite red wine, avocados and frozen peas all at the same time. Reason 5,386 why this state rocks.

    PS These look amazing!

  5. I kind of have a weird fear of baked avocados. I’ve heard such varying opinions that it’s so good or so gross! Also, .89 cents for an avocado?! I’m paying like $1.69 for 1! :( Sometimes I can find them on sale but not lately. Your tacos look beautiful though!

    Have you tried Speakeasy? I loved their beer!

  6. Oh my gosh these tacos look so yummy! Avocados are kind of expensive here and we can’t buy wine or hard liquor in the supermarket in NY. You can buy beer though. In Ma where I am from you can’t buy any alcohol in the supermarket.

  7. That looks and sounds amazing- have you heard of laura’s #strangebutgood link up on Fridays? This sounds perfect for it- it sounds so strange- yet so good! Supermarkets in Australia are crazy- you pretty much need to bring a birth certificate to even enter the alcohol part of it.

  8. The alcohol thing is the same when I visit my family in Minnesota, they have to keep it separate from the rest of the store. But in Nebraska grocery stores have liquor sections.

    You could panko bread a shoe and I’d eat it. So good.

  9. When I was in US I was in college, so I always found it handy to have the alcohol in the supermarket.normally we would go there to buy munchies and a bottle of something….in Australia the liquor store is separated from supermarket and you are asked for I’d if you even look under 25 years.. Oh.. Really nice Tacos too :-)

  10. What an aweosme idea! We can’t buy alcohol in the grocery store but many have a seperate store literally right beside it where you can buy it. I never really understood why they don’t just combine the two but at least I don’t have to drive somewhere else :)

  11. The whole not selling wine in stores thing is a bit weird (but it’s really only a NY thing!)…but you get used to it. It has something to do with the kind of licenses they sell. I don’t know.

    Those crispy baked avocado slices sound awesome!! Oh what I wouldn’t give to NOT pay $4 per avocado….

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