Chef Vincent Guerithault makes his unusual taco towers by filling tortillas with earthy Provençal vegetables and garnishing them with a little spoonful of fragrant pesto sauce. Satisfying Vegetarian Recipes

May 1996


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Taco Towers


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 400°. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the red and yellow bell peppers and cook until just tender, about 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and eggplant and cook until just tender, about 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, garlic, basil and thyme, season with salt and black pepper and toss to combine. Spread the mixture in a medium baking dish and roast for about 10 minutes, or until softened and beginning to brown. Transfer to a plate to cool. Lower the oven temperature to 375°.

  • Lay the tortillas out on a work surface. Spread half of the ratatouille on the tortillas, leaving a 1/2 -inch border around the edges. Roll up the tortillas and secure each one with a toothpick. Set them, seam sides down, on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until crisp, lightly golden and heated through.

  • Slice off the ends of each roll and remove the toothpicks. Cut each roll in half diagonally and set 2 halves upright on each of 4 plates. Spoon the remaining ratatouille around the taco towers, garnish with a spoonful of pesto and serve.

Make Ahead

The ratatouille can be refrigerated for up to 1 day. Let return to room temperature before proceeding.


One Serving

Calories 227 kcal, Protein 6 gm, Carbohydrate 32 gm, Cholesterol 0, Total Fat 10 gm, Saturated Fat 1.3 gm.

Suggested Pairing

The taco towers are compatible with a number of whites. A California Chardonnay would fit the bill perfectly.