Mushroom Tacos with Onions and Garlic

Hongos Guisados
This recipe works as a side dish as well—just skip the tortillas.
Servings: 4to 6 tacos (from 1 1/2 cups of filling)


  • 12ounces fresh mushrooms, washed and chopped into 1/2 -inch pieces
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 or 2fresh green chiles (roughly 2 serranos or 1 jalapeño), stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2/3cup chicken stock or water
  • 1/2 small lime, juiced
  • 1tablespoonlard, bacon drippings or vegetable oil
  • 1 large ripe tomato, roasted or boiled, cored, peeled and roughly chopped OR 3/4 of a 15-ounce can tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2tablespoonsepazote, chopped (optional)
  • Salt, about 1/2 tsp (depending on the saltiness of the broth)


Place the mushrooms, onion, chile, broth or water, lime juice and lard or other fat in a medium-size saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, cover and cook 3 minutes. Uncover and cook until all the liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms begin to fry in the fat.

While the mushrooms are cooking, puree the tomato with the garlic in a blender or food processor. When the mushrooms begin to fry, add the tomato mixture and optional epazote and cook until the liquid has reduced and the mixture is thick, about 5 minutes. Season with salt (usually 1/2 teaspoon, depending on the saltiness of the broth) and scrap into a serving bowl. Serve with tortillas on the side for making tacos.


  1. Love your show. Before I began watching I thought beef tacos and enchiladas were about it! Thanks for broadening my recipes and pallet!!

  2. We were having taco day at work and I have several employees that do not eat meat so I made this as a vegan dish as an alternative and it was a hit with everybody.

  3. I am curious if this can be prepared ahead of time and then reheated when company arrives, or is this a ‘serve immediately’ kinda recipe? Given the sauciness of it, it seems like they might be ok fix a few hours ahead.

  4. This is an easy, satisfying recipe, and a technique I haven’t seen before. I ate this on corn tortillas, topped with feta and hot sauce. This is going into regular rotation at our house. Thank you Rick!!

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