Paneer Tacos

Discover the simplicity of our Paneer Tacos, a perfect lunch recipe with a delightful Indian twist.

Paneer Tacos

Discover the simplicity of our Paneer Tacos, a perfect lunch recipe. Unlike traditional tacos filled with substantial meat chunks and a dense sauce, this version is tailored for vegetarians, featuring a delightful Indian twist with Vegetarian Cottage cheese (paneer). These tacos are generously stuffed with a tantalizing combination of spicy paneer curry and sweet pineapple pieces. Indulge in the flavors of these unique paneer tacos and share your feedback with us!

What Are Paneer Tacos?

Paneer Tacos are not just a fusion of flavors; they're a dance of textures and aromas on your palate. Imagine succulent paneer cubes infused with the warmth of Indian spices, sautéed with garlic, onions, and tomatoes, and then kissed by the boldness of taco seasoning and bell peppers. The result is a symphony of flavors that bridges the culinary gap between India and Mexico. It's a dish that not only tantalizes your taste buds but also tells a story of cultural harmony.

Why You'll Love Paneer Tacos?

Experience the Creamy & Crunchy texture, indulge in the Mouthwatering Deliciousness, and discover the perfect recipe for Barbecue Weekends, Taco Tuesdays, or as a Vegetarian Indian Fusion and Gluten-free option. These tacos are more than a meal; they're a culinary adventure that brings people together. The softness of paneer, juxtaposed with the crunch of taco shells, creates a sensory delight that is simply irresistible. Whether you're a vegetarian or a taco enthusiast, these Paneer Tacos are a celebration on a plate.

What are the ingredients for Paneer Tacos?

  • Paneer Cubes (Amul Paneer or Cottage Cheese): The star of our dish, paneer, or Indian cottage cheese, adds a creamy and rich texture to the tacos. Use high-quality paneer for the best results.
  • Onions: Onions bring a sweet and savory flavor to the spicy paneer mixture. Finely chopping them ensures even distribution of flavor throughout the dish.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes provide a juicy and tangy element to the curry. They contribute to the sauce's consistency and add a vibrant color to the paneer mixture.
  • Bell Peppers: A colorful medley of bell peppers (capsicum) not only enhances the visual appeal of the tacos but also brings a crisp and sweet flavor to the dish.
  • Ginger & Garlic Paste: This aromatic blend forms the base of the curry, infusing it with a bold and flavorful essence. It adds depth and complexity to the overall taste.
  • Red Chili Powder: Red chili powder provides the heat in the curry, balancing the creaminess of the paneer. Adjust the quantity to suit your spice preferences.
  • Coriander Powder: Coriander powder contributes a warm and citrusy flavor, enhancing the aromatic profile of the curry. It's a staple spice in Indian cuisine.
  • Turmeric Powder: Turmeric powder adds a subtle earthy note and vibrant color to the dish. It complements the other spices and elevates the overall flavor.
  • Garam Masala Powder: Garam masala is a quintessential Indian spice blend that imparts warmth and complexity to the curry, tying together the various flavors.
  • Fenugreek Leaves: Crushed fenugreek leaves, also known as kasuri methi, offer a unique bitterness and aroma, enhancing the overall depth of the paneer curry.

How To Make Paneer Tacos?

Let's embark on the journey of creating these culinary masterpieces. First, marinate the paneer in a blend of Indian spices, letting the flavors infuse. Sauté garlic, onions, and tomatoes until they form a fragrant base. Introduce the marinated paneer into this aromatic mix, allowing the spices to dance together. Finally, assemble your tacos with the spicy paneer mixture nestled in warm taco shells. Sprinkle some chaat masala powder to get the tangy taste.Every step is a symphony of flavors, ensuring that your Paneer Tacos are nothing short of a masterpiece.

Any Serving Suggestions for Paneer Tacos?

  • Guacamole and Crispy Tortilla Chips: Elevate your Paneer Tacos by serving them with a side of guacamole and crispy tortilla chips. The creamy texture of guacamole beautifully complements the bold flavors of the tacos, creating a harmonious balance on your palate. The creamy richness of guacamole interacts with the spicy and savory notes of the tacos, enhancing the overall taste and texture of the meal.
  • Mexican Rice: For a traditional twist, accompany your Paneer Tacos with Mexican rice, transforming your dining experience into a vibrant fiesta of flavors. The combination of Paneer Tacos and Mexican rice creates a festive symphony of tastes, offering a satisfying and well-rounded meal.

These serving suggestions add an extra layer of enjoyment to your Paneer Tacos, allowing you to customize your meal according to your preferences.

What tips should I use for Paneer Taco recipes?

  • Soaking Store-Bought Paneer: Soak store-bought paneer in warm water for 15-20 minutes. This helps soften the paneer, making it more succulent and ready to absorb the flavors of the marinade.
  • Avoid Overcooking Paneer: Paneer has a delicate texture, so avoid overcooking to prevent it from becoming rubbery. Add the paneer towards the end of the cooking process to keep it soft and luscious.
  • Perfectly Crispy Taco Shells: Warm taco shells in the oven or on a skillet for a minute before serving. This not only enhances their flavor but also ensures a delightful crunch with each bite.
  • Layering for Maximum Flavor: When assembling your tacos, layer the spicy paneer mixture first to allow its rich flavors to be at the forefront. Top with fresh fruits and chaat masala for a well-balanced and visually appealing taco.
  • Garnish Gracefully: Garnish your Paneer Tacos generously with fresh cilantro, chopped onions, and a fresh lime juice. These finishing touches add a burst of freshness and elevate the overall presentation.
  • Experiment with Toppings: Don't hesitate to experiment with additional toppings. Grated cheese, diced avocados, or a dollop of yogurt can add extra layers of flavor and texture to your tacos.
  • Prevent Taco Sogginess: To prevent taco shells from becoming soggy, consider placing a layer of lettuce or a spread of guacamole at the bottom before adding the spicy paneer mixture. This acts as a barrier and keeps the shells crisp.
  • Make it a Taco Bar: Hosting a gathering? Set up a Paneer Taco bar with various toppings, sauces, and sides. Let guests customize their tacos for a fun and interactive dining experience.
  • Serve Immediately: For the best experience, serve Paneer Tacos immediately after assembling to preserve the freshness of the ingredients and maintain the ideal texture of the taco shells.
  • Enhance the Experience with Sides: Elevate your meal by serving Paneer Tacos with complementary sides like a refreshing cucumber salad, seasoned rice, or traditional Indian chaat for an added burst of flavors.

What are some good variations for Paneer Tacos?

  • Seasonal Twist: Embrace seasonal flavors for a dynamic Paneer Tacos experience, integrating fresh produce, herbs, and spices that define the current season.
  • Spring Inspiration: In spring, infuse vibrancy with cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and crisp lettuce, creating a harmonious blend with the boldness of paneer and taco seasoning.
  • Summer Vibes: Capitalize on summer's bounty with colorful bell peppers, juicy corn, and zesty lime, delivering a burst of freshness that defines the season.
  • Fall Fusion: As temperatures drop, introduce warm spices like cinnamon and cumin, and consider roasted butternut squash or sweet potatoes for an autumnal touch.
  • Winter Warmth: Embrace winter coziness with roasted root vegetables, comforting spices, and a hint of cranberry salsa, transforming Paneer Tacos into a hearty winter delight.

How can I store Paneer Tacos?

  • Preserve the freshness of your Paneer Tacos with a few simple storage tricks. Store paneer in an airtight container to maintain its texture. For veggies, consider prepping them ahead of time to streamline the taco assembly process. With these storage strategies, you can enjoy the flavors of your Paneer Tacos for days to come.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use store-bought taco seasoning?

  • Absolutely! It's a convenient option that doesn't compromise on flavor.

Is there a vegan version of this recipe?

  • Yes, swap paneer with your favorite plant-based alternative for a delicious vegan twist.

How can I adjust the spice level?

  • Control the heat by adjusting the amount of chilly powder or opting for a milder taco seasoning.

Recipe Card

Paneer Tacos

Serves 3  
Prep Time   00:10
Cook Time   00:20        
Total Time   00:30                      


  • 200 g paneer cubes (I used amul paneer)/cottage cheese
  • one medium-sized onion, finely chopped
  • 2 small-sized tomatoes
  • 1 cup mixed capsicum, cubed
  • 1&1/2 tsp ginger & garlic paste
  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp crushed fenugreek leaves (dry)
  • 1/2 tsp salt          

To temper

  • 2 tbsp oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 tsp crushed coriander seeds or 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 flour tortillas          

For garnishing

  • 1/2 cup canned pineapple pieces
  • 1 tbsp of coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp chaat masala powder          


  • Immerse the paneer cubes in hot water until you cook it.
  • Then place the tomatoes in a blender, blend until a smooth puree or paste and keep it aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat a nonstick pan with oil over medium heat.
  • When the oil heats, fry coriander or cumin seeds until spluttering.
  • Then add finely chopped onions, saute until it turns transparent.
  • Also add ginger and garlic paste and saute well until the raw smell goes.
  • Then pour the tomato puree and stir well, Close the lid and cook for 2 mins. or until the gravy becomes slightly thick.
  • Furthermore, add all the powders and salt and stir well continuously, until the gravy becomes thick or the oil from the gravy oozes out, add capsicum cubes and stir well for 1 minute.(The vegetables must be crunchy. So don't overcook it)
  • Then add paneer cubes (drain all the water and squeeze the paneer cubes slightly) and saute well. Also add 3 tbsp of water to the gravy and stir continuously and cook until the paneer cubes are cooked.
  • Then add fenugreek leaves and saute for one more minute.
  • When the gravy becomes thick, switch off the heat and let it cool for few mins.          
  • Meanwhile, heat a nonstick pan over medium heat, place the tortilla and toast until charred.
  • Then place the paneer veg gravy in the tortillas and top it with pineapple pieces and coriander leaves. Sprinkle some chat masala powder. Serve it immediately.         

By Santhi Therese    
The Indian Claypot

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