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Pico de Gallo Soft Tacos - Using up old veg

Updated: Feb 22, 2021

A zingy pico de Gallo with a smoky sauce in a plain flour & water flatbread wrap

This recipe is a response to a query - what can you do with a red onion and a green pepper - both a bit old?

The veg is halved: one half is the Pico de Gallo, fried off with white wine vinegar or lime juice; the other half is roasted, then blitzed with chipotle.

Contrasting tastes from the same veggies!



200g plain flour

1 tsp salt

2tbsp olive oil

dried mint, sumac, garlic powder

red onion

green pepper

a chilli

cherry tomatoes



ground coriander

white wine vinegar - or lime zest and juice


chipotle paste


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  • Blend the flour, salt, mint & oil in a bowl

  • Add warm water - as much as you need to bring the dough together

  • Knead the dough, flatten it out and add the sumac and garlic powder - or whatever you fancy

  • knead the dough again to work the spices in

  • Wrap in clingfilm and place in the fridge for 30 minutes

  • Meanwhile... Preheat the oven to 200ºC

  • Halve the onion and pepper, reserving one half of each for the paste

  • Place the reserved halves on a baking tray along with 3 garlic cloves - skin on

  • Drizzle in olive oil and salt

  • Place in the oven for 20 minutes

  • Now the other halves...

  • Remove any bits as necessary - depending on age - and finely chop them

  • Chop the chilli and 3/4 of the tomatoes

  • Heat some olive oil in a pan

  • Add the chopped veg

  • Add the lime zest and juice - or a glug of white wine vinegar

  • Add salt and thyme

  • Set to simmer

  • Peel the roast garlic, and place it, and the other roast veg in a bowl or jug

  • Add a handful of parsley, chipotle paste, ground coriander and the rest of the tomatoes

  • Blitz to a paste. Add salt to taste

  • Break chunks off the dough and flatten to a disc on a floured surface

  • Roll the disc out to a thin, flat pancake

  • In a frying pan with a little oil, cook for 1 minute per side - the bread will bubble

  • Lay the taco flat, spoon in the chopped veg mix, then spoon over the roast veg paste. Sprinkle with coriander leaves - or whatever you have to hand - roll up the taco and enjoy.

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