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Roast Butternut Squash Tacos with Smoky Red Pepper Salsa

Recipe found at: William Sonoma

Preparation Time 40M
Cook Time 35M
Total Time 1H 15M


For the squash:

1 medium butternut squash, seeded, peeled and diced into 1-inch (2.5-cm) cubes
1/2 medium white onion, thinly sliced into half-moons
1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) vegetable oil
Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. Spanish smoked paprika
1 tsp. ancho chile powder
2 Tbs. brown sugar

For the salsa:

1 large red bell pepper
3 plum tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
1 Tbs. vegetable oil
1/4 white onion, diced
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 Tbs. smoked Spanish paprika
Fine sea salt
6 sprigs fresh cilantro, stemmed and minced

For serving:

Corn tortillas
2 cups (8 oz./250 g) shredded Monterey jack or Oaxaca cheese
Avocado slices
Bottled hot sauce
Diced white onion mixed with chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


1. To prepare the squash, preheat an oven to 375°F (190°C). In a bowl, mix the squash, onion, oil, 2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. black pepper, the cumin, paprika, ancho chile and brown sugar until well coated. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until soft and well caramelized, 25 to 30 minutes.

2. While the squash is roasting, make the salsa: Char the bell pepper on all sides directly over a gas flame, or under a broiler, until the skin is blackened and blistered. Peel, seed and tear into smaller pieces.

3. Line a small, heavy sauté pan with a piece of foil and heat over high heat. Roast the tomatoes and 1 of the garlic cloves until soft and blackened in spots, and set aside with the bell pepper.

4. In a fry pan over medium heat, warm the oil. Cook the onion until it begins to brown and caramelize. Add the tomatoes and peppers, cumin and paprika and cook until the pan is dry. Add 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) water and 1/2 tsp. salt and simmer on low heat until the onions are tender. Place in a food processor along with the remaining raw garlic clove and pulse until fairly smooth. Stir in the cilantro, taste and adjust the seasoning. Set aside until ready to serve.

5. Heat a heavy griddle and lightly grease the surface. Cook the tortillas, topped with a pinch of the cheese, until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is slightly crisp. Top each with about 1/4 cup of roasted squash, a spoonful of the salsa, and a slice of avocado. Serve with the bottled hot sauce and onion mixture for diners to assemble their own tacos. Makes 12 to 16 small tacos.

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