Monday, September 17, 2012

We miss you, Taco Bus!

One of our favorite places to eat in Tampa was the Taco Bus.  They had some of the best Mexican food around.  Always super fresh, really delicious, and even better, it was cheap!

A unique dish that caught our eye one day was the butternut squash dip.  It sounded really strange, but was just crazy enough to be good, and boy is it.  I'm so glad we tried it, because we never went back without getting an order to share.

Well, now we are in Utah, and sadly, there is no Taco Bus here. However, we do have an overabundance of squash coming from our garden, so why not bring a little bit of the Taco Bus to Utah!

Today's recipe - Hubbard Squash Tacos!

Here's what I used:

Squash Filling

Hubbard Squash, cubed - from our community garden
Onion, chopped - from our community garden
Olive Oil - from a local small business
Pumpkin pie spice
Oregano - from our community garden

Black bean filling

Black beans, cooked  - from a local small business
Green Pepper  - from our community garden
Onion  - from our community garden
Liquid Smoke
Olive Oil  - from a local small business

Salsa topping

Roma Tomatoes, diced - from our community garden
Jalepeno, super small diced - from our community garden
Onion, chopped - from our community garden
Garlic Salt
lemon juice

Here's what I did -

Squash Filling

Toss the squash & Onions in the olive oil & spices.  Bake in the oven @375 for about 30-40 minutes until soft.

Black Beans

Cook the onion and green pepper in the olive oil for about 5 minutes.  Add the beans and the liquid smoke and cook until warm (you can leave the water in from the beans, and wait for it to thicken a bit).

Salsa Topping

Throw everything in a bowl and mix it up well.  Let it sit for 20 minutes or so and the flavors will be awesome.

That's it - super simple.  Throw it all in a tortilla and you're done!  (We used corn torillas.)  This wasn't exactly like the Taco Bus, but boy was it close.  Can't wait to visit Tampa next month to get us some of the real stuff!

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