Orange-Glazed Mushroom Tacos With Veggie Slaw

Today’s taco is filled with sauteed portobello mushrooms and topped with a tangy Asian glaze. Watch the video below to see just how easy they are to make.

Yes, you just watched one of the 52 recipes from the Taco Tuesday Cookbook and man oh man, can I just say I love Asian fusion tacos!

My Taco Tuesday cookbook has Asian Thai Ribs, Korean Beef, and Sriracha Spicy Chicken Tacos but it wouldn’t be complete without our favorite Asian flavors on a vegetarian taco. Let me tell you, these Orange-Glazed Mushroom Tacos are where it’s at!

Mushroom Tacos

Best Portobello Mushroom Tacos

Portobello mushrooms are a popular item in many vegetarian recipes and there’s a reason for it! They have a hearty texture and taste absolutely incredible when grilled or sauteéd.

A small but crucial tip when cooking mushrooms, make sure not to overcrowd the pan, which results in steamed mushrooms and it’s not the same as those tender, golden brown and slightly charred beauties.

vegetarian mushroom tacos

Vegetarian Taco Recipes

Whether you love tacos or want to add some more vegetarian dishes to your meal routine, tacos are THE way to go! A few of my favorites:

Blackened Zucchini Tacos
The best way to use the abundance of summer squash!

Butternut Squash Tacos
Originally my favorite breakfast hash, I thought it would be awesome in a warm tortilla- I was right.

Vegetarian Chipotle Beet tacos
Not your typical veggie taco but SO SO good! Roasted beets with tangy goat cheese and some egg yolk action, I can never pass it up!

Southwestern Roasted Veggie Tacos
It’s one of those recipes that make you feel instantly healthier when eating.

mushroom veggie tacos

How to make orange glaze sauce

The sauce is the boss and this orange glaze sauce is packed with flavor from Chinese five spice powder, an aromatic blend of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, fennel, and Sichuan peppercorns. It’s sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and spicy and perfect for rubbing onto meat before roasting or to make a glaze like the orange glaze sauce.

All you need to do is whisk some orange marmalade with soy sauce, fresh ginger, a little garlic, and Chinese five spice.

My favorite part of the whole recipe? When I pour the orange glaze into the hot pan of sauteéd mushrooms. BOOM! Instant flavor boost and the aromas… well you’ll have to discover that for yourself. But it’s not just the glaze that makes this recipe so incredible. Chinese Five Spice Powder add that extra kick which makes these tacos irresistable!

What is Chinese Five Spice Powder

Chinese Five Spice Powder is a seasoning mix that is considered to be the perfectly balanced combination of the five key flavors in Chinese (and other Asian) cooking:  sweet, sour, bitter, salty and spicy.

While you can find this seasoning mix in the spice aisle or by the Asian foods aisle of most grocery stores, many contain other ingredients than the 5 spices in the recipes below -like stabilizers, msg, and added anti-caking agents. So if you can’t find a clean mix, use the recipe below

How to Make Chinese Five Spice Powder

In a large bowl, you’re going to combine the cinnamon, anise, cloves, fennel or ginger, pepper, and anise seeds. Once combined, you’re going to transfer it to an airtight container and store it in a dry place. Seasonings do not expire but tend to cake with moisture or lose it’s potency of flavor.

Should you use ginger or fennel? It depends. There are several versions of Chinese Five Spice Powder recipes out there. When I’m making sweet dishes, I tend to use the ginger to bring out the sharpness of its flavor. When I’m using it on meat dishes, I tend to mix in the fennel. Both with work fine.

What is the Best Chinese Five Spice Powder Substitute?

You can now find Chinese five spice blends in the spice section of most supermarkets, where you’ll also find prepared plum sauce and Asian sesame oil. If you can’t find five spice, substitute it for the recipe below. It includes ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground fennel or ground ginger, pepper, and anise seeds.

After you make this five spice powder, be sure to grab a copy of the Taco Tuesday Cookbook and subscribe to my Youtube channel, it’s taco goodness on repeat for an entire year!

Chinese 5 Spice Powder

A seasoning mix that is considered to be the perfectly balanced combination of the five key flavors in Chinese (and other Asian) cooking:  sweet, sour, bitter, salty and spicy.

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Prep Time: 3 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 3 teaspoons
  • Category: spices
  • Cuisine: Asian

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon crushed anise seed or 1 star anise, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed fennel seed or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper (or 1/4 teaspoon Szechuan pepper)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together. Store in a covered container.

Notes

Should you use ginger or fennel? It depends. There are several versions of Chinese Five Spice Powder recipes out there. When I’m making sweet dishes, I tend to use the ginger to bring out the sharpness of its flavor. When I’m using it on meat dishes, I tend to mix in the fennel. Both with work fine.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 0
  • Sodium: 0
  • Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 0

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