Tandoori Paneer Tikka Tacos

tandoori paneer tikka tacos

Indian Fusion With Tandoori Paneer Tikka tacos

You need some delicious paneer tacos for dinner tonight!

Paneer tikka is a super popular dish traditionally made in a tandoori oven.  This takes that yummy paneer and turns it into an Indian fusion/ Indian Mexican dish!

tandoori paneer tikka tacos

What makes tacos so good besides the filling? The toppings of course.  I absolutely love the Mango Jalapeno Crema and a fresh salsa using green chutney ingredients.  I made the fresh salsa because paneer tikka is usually served with mint cilantro green chutney.  Using a fresh version of the chutney ingredients to turn it into salsa gives it a totally new refreshing taste.

tandoori paneer tikka tacos

Tandoori Paneer Tikka Tacos Components

What makes tacos so good are all the pieces that come together to delivery a flavor packed bite! Spicy, sweet, tangy and freshness are all in this taco. The active time is not very long but you need to factor in time to let the paneer soak in the marinade.

  • Tandoori Paneer Tikka (15 minutes active time to make, additional time for paneer to soak in marinade atleast 2 hours)
  • Sauteed Bell Peppers
  • Mango Jalapeno Crema (sauce, 5 minutes to make)
  • Fresh mint and cilantro green chutney inspired salsa (5 minutes to make)
tandoori paneer tikka components

First, we make the paneer marinade and let it soak before cooking

I used the stove top method to make the paneer tikka to save time.  I used a grill pan in order to get a bit of charred paneer.  You can use whatever pan you have and cook to get it a bit crispy. 

Cook Tandoori Paneer

While the tandoori paneer tikka is marinading the mango jalapeno crema is easy to whip up

Mango Jalapeno Crema Ingredients

  • Mango – alfonso or champagne
  • Jalapeno
  • Lime juice
  • Salt
  • Sour cream (feel free to substitute with yogurt)

Just chop the mangos and half jalapeno. Then, blend with sour cream, lime juice and salt. That’s it! So simple but so soo good. 

If it isn’t mango season you can look into frozen mango pulp.  Just be careful that you buy some that doesn’t have sugar added.  It may be too sweet, if so. 

Make the fresh mint and cilantro “green chutney” inspired salsa next

Ingredients:

  • Mint
  • Cilantro
  • Red Onions
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt

This really adds brightness and freshness to the dish.  Simply chop the mint, cilantro and red onions. Then, mix with lemon juice and salt.

The last piece is sauteing bell peppers and tossing with salt and oregano

Add oil to pan and saute the bell peppers.  It will take about 6-7 minutes and you will see them char a bit.

Assemble tacos and add other toppings you like!

These tacos have all the flavor you need.  There is spicy, fresh, crispiness and tinge of sweet.  

They taste great with a little lettuce and some shredded cheese on top!

tandoori paneer tikka tacos
tandoori paneer tikka tacos

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tandoori paneer tikka tacos

Tandoori Paneer Tikka Tacos

Shilpa Joshi
Indian Mexican fusion dish of tandoori paneer tacos is fresh, spicy and has a hint of sweet with mango jalapeno crema. Served with a green chutney inspired salsa.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine Indian, indian fusion, Indian Mexican fusion, Mexican
Servings 12 tacos
Calories 135 kcal

Equipment

  • Grill pan or pan

Ingredients
  

Tandoori Paneer Tikka

  • 2 8 oz paneer packages about 450 grams
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp ginger minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tsp tandoori masala I used MDH brand
  • 4 tsp chaat masala
  • 2 cup greek yogurt I used Fage 5% fat
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp kashmiri pepper powder gives color and hint of spice
  • 2 tsp salt

Sauteed Bell Peppers

  • 2 medium bell peppers chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp oregano

Mango Jalapeno Crema

  • cup chopped mango about 1 medium-large mango
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno chopped, about ½ jalapeno
  • tsp lime juice fresh squeezed

Fresh Mint Cilantro Green Chutney Inspired Salsa

  • 1 cup red onions chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro chopped
  • ½ cup mint chopped
  • 2 tbsp jalapeno chopped, about 1/2 jalapeno
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Taco Shells and toppings of choice

  • 12 taco shells
  • lettuce per taste, optional
  • shredded cheese per taste, optional

Instructions
 

Tandoori Paneer Tikka Tacos

  • Whisk greek yogurt in a bowl. Add spices,lemon juice and mix. Add cubed paneer and combine until thoroughly coated. Let paneer soak in marinade atleast 2 hours and up to overnight in fridge.
    tandoori paneer tikka ingredients
  • Coat pan with oil and heat pan (about 1 tbsp oil). Once hot, add paneer. Cook paneer mixing so sides get a bit of char and crispiness. About 8-10 minutes, giving time for water of marinade to burn off first. Alternatively, you can bake in oven (instructions in blog post).
    tandoori paneer tikka
  • Set paneer aside when ready
    tandoori paneer tikka tacos

Sauteed Bell Peppers

  • Using same pan saute bell peppers until begin to char a bit for 5-6 minutes. Add salt and oregano. Mix and set aside.
    bell peppers

Mango Jalapeno Crema

  • Chop mango and 1/2 jalapeno. Add to blender along with salt, lime and sour cream. Blend until smooth and set aside.
    mango jalapeno crema

Fresh Mint and Cilantro Green Chutney Inspired Salsa

  • Dice onions and remaining 1/2 jalapeno. Chop cilantro and mint finely. Mix in a bowl with salt and lemon juice.
    fresh mint and cilantro salsa

Notes

Recommend cutting recipe in half for 2-3 people
Feel free to substitute yogurt for sour cream in the crema!
Good tacos have multiple components! This recipe covers the following:
  • Tandoori Paneer Tikka (15 minutes active time to make, additional time for paneer to soak in marinade)
  • Sauteed Bell Peppers (6-7 minutes to make)
  • Mango Jalapeno Crema (sauce, 5 minutes to make)
  • Fresh mint and cilantro green chutney inspired salsa (5 minutes to make)

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 447mgPotassium: 224mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1148IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 1mg
Keyword indian fusion tacos, paneer tacos, paneer tikka, paneer tikka tacos, tandoori paneer
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