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Beer-Marinated Portobello Tacos with Avocado Corn Salsa

Guess what? Marinating food in beer isn’t just for meat anymore! Woohoo! What that means for us is that we can drench meaty chunks of portobello mushrooms in beer and other spices, pan-fry them, and throw them in tacos, smothered in avocado-corn salsa. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Get over your astonishment, pop open a bottle of beer, and after you’re done drinking it, pop open another bottle and start cooking!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 tacos



  • cups 360 ml vegan pale or blonde ale (Ground Breaker Brewing IPA No. 5 and Brunehaut Bio Blonde are both vegan and gluten-free)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 portobello mushrooms stemmed, gills scraped, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) slices
  • Sunflower oil for cooking
  • 6 to 8 corn tortillas or small flour tortillas

Avocado-Corn Salsa

  • 2 avocados pitted, peeled, and diced
  • 1 cup 140 g corn kernels (fresh or thawed frozen)
  • 1 cup 50 g chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup 135 g chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeño
  • Salt to taste optional


  1. Combine the beer, lime juice, cumin, and garlic powder in a shallow baking dish. Add the portobello strips and toss to fully coat. Marinate for 30 minutes, moving the strips around every 10 minutes.
  2. While the portobello strips are marinating, make the salsa: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, cover, and chill until ready to use.
  3. Heat a large frying pan, preferably cast iron, over medium heat. Add a couple of teaspoons of oil and tilt the pan around to evenly coat the bottom. Add about half of the portobello strips and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, turning every few minutes, until tender and slightly charred, and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Transfer the strips to a plate or bowl and cover with aluminum foil. Add another couple of teaspoons of oil to the pan and repeat with the remaining strips.
  4. Heat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat (or just clean the pan you cooked the portobello strips in and reuse it). Cook the tortillas for 30 to 60 seconds on each side, placing them on a plate and covering with aluminum foil when they’re done.
  5. To serve, place a few portobello strips in a tortilla and top with the avocado-corn salsa. Leftovers will keep in the fridge in separate airtight containers for up to 4 days.