Tacos with Zesty Chutneys

In my household, we have a customary day for Tacos – Taco Tuesday! Well, for once, we switched to a Taco Sunday and had some friends over. As you may have noticed, being the unabashed ambassador of my products along with the need for new ideas, I frequently experiment using my chutneys. So, here is how Zesteez chutneys (both Tomato and Mango) brought to “life”, the typically mundane corn tortillas and breaded fish sticks from good ‘ol TJ.

For redundancy sake, a taco is a traditional mexican dish that  uses corn or wheat tortilla which is folded or rolled  and uses great fillings (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taco). I stuck to the spirit of a Taco with some variation 🙂


  • Tortillas –  I use Trader joe’s soft corn tortillas (I prefer the stuff with no chemicals – just stone ground corn, traces of lime and water)

Home-made coleslaw

  • Purple cabbage – half a head
  • Green cabbage – half a head
  • Mayonnaise or Vegenaise – 1/2 a jar, depending on the amount of coleslaw
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh squeezed lime juice

Chutneys – Give the tacos some Zest 🙂

Super-grain power mix (optional but you will love it)

  • Brown rice/quinoa/freekeh – 1 cup each cooked in a rice cooker
  • Spinach – 1 cup
  • Oil for saute
  • 1/2 a block of extra firm Tofu – Diced (TJ’s organic tofu). Use your choice of proteins
  • Organic black beans – 1 can
  • Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Cayenne – 1/2 tsp
  • Thinly sliced onions

Rockin’ simple guac

  • Avocado – 2- 3
  • Equal amounts of diced onions and roma tomates
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Cilantro

Other garnish for the taco

  • Cilantro – to garnish
  • Lime – 4 cut in quarts


  • Fish/shrimp/chicken – your way.
  • For convenience, I used the breaded Fish Sticks from TJs


Super-grain power mix

  1. Cook the rice/quinoa/ freekeh in a slow cooker and set it aside.
  2. In a wok heat the oil add the onions, salt/pepper to taste and saute until translucent. Add spinach and saute until soft.
  3. Add the diced tofu cubes  and saute till it is golden brown. Finally add the black beans and let it cook for a few minutes. Add the Tomato Chunky chutney and let the spices/flavors of the #delicious chutney soak-in
  4. To this mixture start adding the cooked super-gains combo and mix evenly and let it rest (make sure the rice/quinoa combo is not clumpy)


  1. Slice thinly half a head of purple cabbage and green cabbage
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix in both cabbage with  4 dollops of Mayo/Veganaise, along with lime juice, salt and pepper. Give it a quick toss, cover and keep refrigerated until ready to serve

Rockin’ guac 

  1. Add in the diced onions, tomatoes and avocado chunks. To the mixture add salt, pepper, lime juice.
  2. Mix them all together gently (I like my guac chunky and not too pasty)
  3. Garnish with cilantro. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use

Your choice of protein (if you prefer fish/shrimp)

  1. I used breaded Fish Sticks from TJ. Follow package instructions to prep the fish sticks

Assembling the taco

Warm the tacos, each individual tacos can be filled to your liking, I like mine topped with power-rice,  coleslaw, breaded fish and more-than-a-drizzle of the yummy Mango Tango Chutney. Slap in some guac on top and start devouring it rightaway. (Optional) Squeeze some fresh lime and garnished with cilantro and see below – da yummiest taco!


These tacos were incredible hits with kids and grown-ups alike! I hope you get to try them with our yummy Chutneys as well!

zesteez taco

Disfrutar de sus tacos con nuestros chutneys (muchos gracias GOOG xlate) 🙂

By |2018-09-12T19:19:12+00:00May 16th, 2015|Chutney, Freekeh, Quinoa, Recipes, Rice / Pilaf, Rice Items, Super-grains|2 Comments

About the Author:

Shruthi is the creative chef and mastermind behind these flavorful chutneys and dishes. Cooking with only the freshest ingredients, she loves using her chutneys to add a new twist to traditional favorites. She is constantly experimenting with new recipes, striving to bring the complex sweet and savory flavors of India into your easy, every-day meals. Shruthi lives in Southern California with her husband and two foodie kids, and looks forward to sharing her passion for food with you!


  1. Eileen December 19, 2015 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Looks wonderful where did you get your chutneys. Haven’t seen them before . I am a fairly frequent visitor at the Ft Myers Indian food store. I love Indian food.

    • Shruthi
      Shruthi December 19, 2015 at 3:12 am - Reply

      Hello Eileen,
      We are based in Southern California, we are also on Amazon. Currently there is a great deal going on for the holidays. You order you pack of 3 and get the 2nd pack free with free shipping. (Amazon/Zesteez chutneys), share this amazing deal with your family and friends.
      Please let me know if you have any further questions.

      here’s to wishing you happy Holidays!!
      Founder – Shruthi Bharathur

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