I had every intention of sharing this recipe yesterday, but a little thing called Orange is the New Black had me thoroughly distracted. However, we have now completed the season so I can move on with my life until next June, and focus on other important things such as extremely excellent veggie tacos. (Feel free to start a spoiler thread in the comments to discuss if you have watched!) My man (in the “I adore his restaurants and wish we were great friends and neighbors” sense) Rick Bayless recently released a new cookbook and you better believe I bought it at the first opportunity. As expected, it is full of many recipes I can’t wait to try but when I saw these tacos there was no question that they would be the first thing we tried.

I have previously discussed my quest for good meatless taco options. These spicy black bean tacos are one of our favorites and they can hardly be beat for speed and convenience. This version is a different take, chock full of veggies including roasted poblanos. The mixture is filling and satisfying but not at all heavy. Topped with some guacamole and crumbled cotija and wrapped in homemade tortillas, these are definitely a new favorite of ours. In fact, we loved them so much that we made twice in three days! The leftovers have also made for numerous great work lunches for me. This recipe will be especially welcome later in the summer when our zucchini plants are flourishing and the farmers markets have a bounty of corn. Enjoy!


  • 4 poblano chiles
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable or olive oil, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced ¼-inch thick
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano, preferably Mexican
  • ¾ cup Mexican crema, creme fraiche, or heavy cream
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 lb. zucchini, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro


  • 01

    Preheat the broiler with an oven rack 6 inches from the heating element. Place the poblanos on a foil lined baking sheet. Place under the broiler and cook, turning as needed, until the skins are blackened and blistered on all sides. Remove from the oven, transfer to a medium bowl, and cover. Let stand for at least 15 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, peel away the skins and discard. Seed and slice the peppers into strips. Set aside.

  • 02

    Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add in the onion and cook, stirring occasionally until the onion is well browned but still slightly crunchy, about 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and oregano. Once fragrant, stir in the roasted poblanos and the crema. Add in the salt. Stir until the mixture is evenly combined. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  • 03

    In a second large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. When the pan is very hot, add the zucchini. Cook, stirring frequently until the zucchini pieces are well browned on all sides. Stir in the corn kernels and let brown, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the entire poblano-onion mixture. Add in the cilantro and stir just until combined. Remove from the heat.

  • 04

    Serve the mixture warm with fresh tortillas, guacamole and crumbled cotija.


  • These are such simple summer tacos, but fancy as well! I love them!

  • Melissa Brooker

    ***spoiler alert***
    i love this post for many reasons. I love Rick Bayless (thanks again for introducing me to his cook books), i LOVE Orange is the new black and i love tacos of any kind!

    I have one episode left to watch, if Bennett doesn’t come back, i don’t know what i will do until next June! Also, am i the only one who absolutely loves Stella? Team Stella and Piper! There is so much i love about the show and could go on for hours, so i will stop haha.

  • Kristin

    I honestly want to go to the store this minute and make this for lunch. It looks fabulous! Hopefully my son will eat it with me, because I know my husband and daughter won’t. But I still want it NOW. Thank you for sharing!

  • Amanda Brewer


    I was looking for a meme but found this shirt instead.

    I thought about you during the red velvet is bull sh*t donut shop scene. Your red velvet cake is the first cake I’ve made that didn’t come from a box. I love OITNB.

  • Melissa

    This looks like a great vegetarian option for a taco.

  • Shari

    This was very good and an easy weeknight meal!

  • Kristin

    How do you think this would be served cold in a wrap the next day?

  • annieseats

    Hmmm…not sure. Maybe good but I haven’t tried it. Let me know if you do!