Roast Butternut Squash Tacos With Caramelized Onion-A Mexican Twist

I’m so happy I found this recipe. I grew an absolute abundance of butternut pumpkin this season and I love Taco’s so this is a no brainer to try. I know this is going to be a hit with the whole family. A vegetarian Taco with a twist, with roasted winter squash, caramelized onions which are fragrant with chilies and cumin. Add a smoky red pepper salsa and you have a winning combination.



1 medium butternut squash, seeded, peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes

1/2 medium white onion thinly sliced into half moons

1/4 cup vegetable oil

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika

1 teaspoon ancho chilli powder

2 tablespoons brown sugar


Corn tortillas, preferably homemade

2 cups shredded menonita, Oaxaca or Monterrey jack cheese

smokey red pepper salsa

avocado slices

bottled hot sauce

Diced white onion mixed with chopped cilantro (optional)


To prepare the squash, preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. In a bowl. Mix the cubed squash, onion, oil, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, the cumin, paprika, ancho chilli, and brown sugar until well coated. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until soft and well caramelised (25-30 mins).

Heat a heavy griddle and lightly grease the surface. Cook the tortillas, topped with a pinch of the cheese, until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is slightly crisp. Top each with about 1/4 cup of roasted squash, a spoonful of the salsa, and a slice of avocado. Serve with the bottled hot sauce and onion mixture (if using).


Oh My Gosh what a delicious dinner with a spicy kick. You will fall in love with this taco with a twist and never look at another plain taco the same again. If you are not a fan of a lot of spice you can leave out the hot sauce and chilli or use a mild chilli to still get the lovely chilli flavours without the fire.

This recipe was taken from “Rustic Mexican” by Deborah Schneider. If you would like to view this recipe in full or try her other delicious recipes get your very own copy

Homemade Corn tortillas and smokey red pepper salsa recipes also available in RUSTIC MEXICAN 


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