I am a Taco Man! Always have been and always will be (…so I guess also a Taco Baby and Taco Boy). While I’m not vegetarian, I love and appreciate a vegetarian take on a recipe that usually contains meat, and tacos are a great vehicle for this. My fried artichoke version is perfect for the person who loves fish tacos but doesn’t have or want to eat fish for whatever reason! The artichokes mimic the flaky texture of fish perfectly, and the Old Bay in the cornmeal batter gives them that fishy-in-the-good-way flavor.
We’ve established that this dish is a vegetarian take on a fish taco, but it’s ALSO inspired by Middle Eastern flavors! I added cucumber to the pico de gallo, similar to tomato cucumber salad, and added za’atar to the crema for that herbaceous, earthy kick of flavor. If a taco were a vegetarian and took a trip to the Middle East, that’s this recipe! And no matter the identity crisis this taco is having, the result is downright delicious.