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Grilled Avocado Tacos with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce. Smoky & creamy avo, queso blanco, red cabbage, tangy cilantro sauce.

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Grilled Avocado Tacos with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce., Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

As a devout avocado lover, I’m pretty much open to anything avocado. Put it in my smoothie, salad dressing, pudding, soup…I’ll take it hot or cold, for breakfast or for dessert…whatever. But, this grilled avocado thing was a first for me. Never crossed my mind actually. Not until I saw a recipe for grilled guacamole a while back, which got me thinking about the possibilities.

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So what’s it taste like? Well, I’d say that the grilling intensifies that nutty avocado flavor and gives a hit of smokiness. If you’re okay with warm avocado, like in soups or in warm rice dishes, you’ll probably appreciate this flavor too.

I will say though, that unlike raw or cold avocado, grilled avocado needs a little extra love for its flavor to be fully appreciated. I personally wouldn’t sit around eating slices of it straight off the grill or anything. I think it’s best to pair it with a little acid for balance, which is precisely why I made this cilantro, lime, yogurt sauce. This sauce is incredible. It’s tangy and creamy from the lime and yogurt, and nice and bright from all the fresh cilantro. And there’s a little jalepeño for heat, of course.

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You can definitely enjoy this sauce on other things too—great with grilled chicken or fish or as a dipping sauce along with chips and salsa.

{PREPARING YOUR AVOCADO FOR THE GRILL}
First, you’ll need to slice and brush with some coconut oil or veg oil (stay away from olive oil, which can become bitter under the high heat), sea salt and black pepper. I found that the avocado slices hold together better during seasoning if you leave the skin on. You can peel the skin right off just before placing on the grill.

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{NOTE}
Don’t over grill it. I did noticed that the flavor can get a bit bitter if you leave the avocado on the grill too long. I think the delicate flavor gets compromised with all the smoke or something. To avoid this, just get your grill nice and hot before putting the avocado on and then only grill each side until the grill marks appear.

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{ASSEMBLING YOUR TACOS}
Grill your corn tortillas to get them a tad toasty. Spoon on a generous amount of sauce (it’s all about the sauce!) and add the cheese crumbles. Then do cabbage and avocado and top with some more cheese and sauce. Boom!

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There’s really great texture going on here with the soft avocado, dense cheese and crunchy cabbage. Feel free to add beans or a meat protein if you like. We did some with some grilled chicken and they were awesome too.

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Love these colors for summer and so pretty with those grill marks!

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Recipe

This recipe makes enough sauce for 6 tacos. Feel free to add an additional protein like black beans or grilled chicken. Use feta cheese as a sub for queso blanco if needed.

You need:

For the cilantro yogurt sauce:

  • Large handful/about 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbs agave or honey
  • 2 Tbs veg or olive oil
  • Jalepeño (to taste)
  • Pinch sea salt & black pepper

For taco filling:

  • 2 ripe, but firm avocadoes
  • Coconut oil or veg oil for brushing
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Corn tortillas
  • Red cabbage
  • Queso blanco (or feta if you can’t find queso blanco)

Directions

For the cilantro yogurt sauce:

  1. Cut off a small piece of jalepeño to use. Place with rest of ingredients into a food processor and pulse until very well combined. About 90 seconds. Chill before serving.

For the taco filling:

  1. Slice the avocado, but do not remove from skin. Brush avocado meat with some coconut oil or veg oil and season with sea salt and black pepper on both sides. The avocado slices hold together better during seasoning if you leave the skin on and you can peel the skin right off just before placing on the grill.
  2. Grill should be nice and hot before putting the avocado on. Once ready, peel off skin as you add each slice to the grill. Grill each side until grill marks appear (about 1-2 minutes per side). Remove from grill and set aside.
  3. Heat corn tortillas on the grill. Spoon on a generous amount of sauce and add the cheese crumbles. Add cabbage and avocado and top with some more cheese and sauce.

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13 Comments

  1. Posted June 10, 2014 at 11:02 AM | Permalink

    Yum! These look so simple but so delicious! I’ve never tries grilled avocado, but I think you’ve just persuaded me!
    http://youtube.com/addalittlefood

  2. Posted June 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM | Permalink

    I’m definitely intrigued! I will need to give this a try before summer is over.

  3. Posted June 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM | Permalink

    This looks divine! I love avocado anything too, but I’ve never thought to grill them. Delicious – I will be making this!

  4. Shree
    Posted June 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM | Permalink

    Looks delicious n I can’t wait to try these….
    Thank u for sharing this

  5. Gabrielle
    Posted June 10, 2014 at 10:00 PM | Permalink

    Is the cilantro missing from the ingredients in the Cilantro Yogurt Sauce?

  6. Posted June 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM | Permalink

    Those look amazing! I’ve never tried grilled avocado but I imagine it is delicious. :)

  7. gabi
    Posted June 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM | Permalink

    Hi Gabrielle -
    Thanks so much for letting me know. Yes, it was missing from the list. I’ve added it :)

  8. Posted June 11, 2014 at 12:03 AM | Permalink

    These sound seriously good! I’ve never really liked cooked avocado – not entirely sure why but you’ve convinced me to try it all over again! The colours are indeed gorgeous. I might just try this out, seeing as we’re in winter at the moment – I need all of the cheery deliciousness that I can get! Thanks for this recipe Gabi xx

  9. Catherine
    Posted June 11, 2014 at 11:22 AM | Permalink

    That sauce sounds great!! Love the use of yogurt instead of sour cream ; )
    Healthier and some protein!

  10. Posted June 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM | Permalink

    I’m not sure what I want to say first. Not only is this a great idea, your photo jumps out of the screen at me! I haven’t grilled avocados since I made my grilled Avo hummus last June. Let me know if you want the recipe…

  11. Posted June 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM | Permalink

    YUM!! These look delicious!! Btw your blog is beautiful and your photography is so pretty! Love it :)

  12. Posted June 29, 2014 at 3:02 PM | Permalink

    Wow, I never thought Avocado could be grilled … these tacos are amazing!

  13. Posted July 21, 2014 at 8:07 AM | Permalink

    What a great recipe! These pictures just made me so hungry :) I’ve never grilled avocados but it looks delicious. Definitely trying it out some day. Thanks for sharing!

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