Fried Avocado Tacos

Dinner

Today is a really good day. It’s beautiful out, the birds are chirping, dogs are everywhere looking adorable and you look particularly cute. You always look cute, but today you look extra cute. New jeans?

Thought so…

I’m in a really good mood. I mean, it is Friday. Heeeeyyyy Friday, HEY! But mainly it’s because avocados are so incredibly perfect that they make me giddy.

Have we met people that hate avocados? Not sure I’ve ever come across a person. Hope they don’t exist, honestly. (That’s kind of harsh of me, isn’t it?!)

Avocados are perfect all on their own. We know this. Avocados are also awesome fried, placed in between a tortillas and sprinkled with radishes and cotija cheese.

Let’s talk about it!

A few days ago my neighbor told me he was going to Europe and asked me if I’d take a bunch of avocados and freshly picked peaches. DUH. So I thanked him kindly and told him, though, living next to a musician isn’t ideal, I’m so grateful he’s a good pianist and not a bad one. He was happy.

(I didn’t actually say that.)

But have you ever lived next to a bad musician? Nothing adorable about that. Nothing.

Avocados…

I started with ripe avocados that were firm.

I dunked them in flour, egg and then panko bread crumbs.

Now, I know the entire world hates frying, but these don’t require a deep-fry. Just take a skillet and pour enough oil until 1-inch of it reaches the sides.

Think of it like a casual chill fry.

Super chill, bro.

It wasn’t much effort at all. I charred some tortillas, cut up some radishes and crumbled some cotija I had leftover from the Eloté Soup.

I like most of the recipes on this site, obvi, but these tacos might be one of my new favorites.

Fried Avocado Tacos

Print this recipe!

Avocado:
Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup Panko (Japanese) bread crumbs (Japanese bread crumbs)
1 teaspoon salt
4 firm-ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced into 1/2-inch wedges

Tacos:
Corn or flour tortillas
Radishes, sliced and diced
Cotija cheese, crumbled
Lime

1. In a medium skillet, add enough oil until it reaches about an inch up the sides. Heat the oil until it reads 375 degrees F on a deep-fry thermometer. Line a baking sheet with a bed of paper towels and set aside.

2. While the oil is heating up, place the flour, egg and panko in separate bowls. Add the salt to the panko and mix. Dip the avocado slices in the flour, shaking off any excess. Transfer them to the egg, then the panko and coat thoroughly. Repeat process until you’ve coated all of the avocado slices.

3. Gently place the avocado slices in the hot oil, being sure not overcrowd the skillet, and fry until golden brown, about 30 to 60 seconds on each side. Transfer them to the bed of paper towels.

4. To assemble tacos, place a few pieces of fried avocado in the center of a tortilla. Top with cotija cheese, radishes…or cilantro, white onion, hot sauce, etc. Do as you please! Just make sure to include a squeeze of fresh lime juice. That’s a must!

Serves 8 (Makes about 30 (1-inch) fried avocado pieces)

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56 Comments

  • Reply Margherita July 27, 2012 at 3:16 am

    I’m learning so many things from your blog. For instance I never had fried avocados in my life…I know, how provincial of me…I’m gonna fill this gap this weekend as I have so ripe avocado that might be just perfect to make this recipe!

  • Reply Melissa {Being a Bear} July 27, 2012 at 4:37 am

    I want to say something intelligent about this, but I’m too distracted by fried avocado tacos. You are my new hero. That is all.

  • Reply this is lemonade July 27, 2012 at 4:43 am

    You made me hungry with that tweeted avocado photo last night. Aaah but it was worth it. These look delish. Maybe I will need to do some light casual chilled laid-back frying when I next get a haul of avocados. Pity I don’t live next door to some dude that has an excess crop of them!

  • Reply shelly (cookies and cups) July 27, 2012 at 4:53 am

    That might possibly the most perfect meal ever. Ever ever.

  • Reply Ffion July 27, 2012 at 5:14 am

    my boyfriend HATES avocados! but hey, all the more for me i guess 🙂 p.s. your giddiness is so contagious!

  • Reply Rachel July 27, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Said it on Instagram & I’ll say it again here, you.are.my.hero!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna August 1, 2012 at 12:43 am

      HAHA. Thank you, Miss!

  • Reply Symone July 27, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I love you. And your tacos. That is all!

  • Reply Angela @ The Dancer Bakes July 27, 2012 at 7:47 am

    There is nothing that I don’t like about this concept. You are a genius.

  • Reply sarah July 27, 2012 at 7:49 am

    You just made avocado even more amazing!

  • Reply dervla @ The Curator July 27, 2012 at 8:15 am

    ok, oh my gosh. I have no words for this awesomeness.

  • Reply Hannah-lyz July 27, 2012 at 8:48 am

    My fiance and his daughter both dislike Avacado.. whilst I don’t understand it.. I’m kind of happy about it. It means there’s more for me! 😀 (yet he does like guacamole? Go figure)
    I may have to try these..

  • Reply Maggie July 27, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I love all your breaded chill fry recipes, but i seem like I always end up with more egg and panko on my fingers than the food…? especially with the coconut shrimp. I made those and my index and thumb were covered in flour and coconut. maybe I should dip with a fork? tips?

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna August 1, 2012 at 12:43 am

      Ahhh yes, actually I don’t have any pro tips. I usually keep one hand free and the other hand is a mess. Just the perils of getting messy in the kitchen I suppose.

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition July 27, 2012 at 9:35 am

    There’s nothing I quite like more in this world than a perfectly ripe avocado!

  • Reply mallory @ totalnoms July 27, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I used to live next door to an entire BAND. Not just one musician, the whole kit and kaboodle, including guitar(s), bass, and yes, a DRUM SET. Did I mention they were all pot heads? Yeah. Anyways, these tacos look amaz.

  • Reply Eileen July 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I’m not usually one for deep frying–but I may have to make an exception for these avocados! The tacos sound seriously amazing.

  • Reply Rachel July 27, 2012 at 10:19 am

    My sister and father-in-law hate avocados . . . they are nuts! I tell them how sad it makes me every time the topic arises.

  • Reply Nina @ ambrosia July 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Holy crap. Fried avocado tacos? This is sheer genius, I have to make these!!!

  • Reply Denise July 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Wow-I love, love love avocados. Could these be a finger food appetizer? What would you suggest as a dipping sauce?

  • Reply Sophie July 27, 2012 at 10:56 am

    These sound like a vegetarian taco I’d actually get stoked on eating. SMART.

  • Reply Rebecca July 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Funny, I did try to look particularly cute today and I AM wearing new jeans! I am making carnitas this weekend from your recipe. It’s sooo good! Maybe I will add some fried avocado to mix it up.

  • Reply Kristen July 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I first tried deep fried avocado fries at On the Border and fell in love. This recipe sounds awesome!!! My Dad’s boss makes a great dipping sauce that he recently served with avocado fries. It would be great drizzled on these sinful tacos…a little mayo, some fresh lemon juice and some juice from a jar of HOT peppercini’s. Sorry no measurements given – I just took a scoop (1/4 cup?) of mayo and added the other two juices to taste and drizzle-able consistency. It’s also a great dipping sauce for steamed artichokes. I officially need to head off to lunch, since you have me drooling!

  • Reply Cathy @ Noble Pig July 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    OMG. OMG…I mean wow. I want to be your neighbor right now. I swear I won’t play music at all if I could have one of these!!

  • Reply Jen of My Tiny Oven July 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Man I wish I was at home right now instead of being stuck at work, so that I could be making these asap! They look amazing!

  • Reply Stacey July 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    You da man. This sounds incredible! You make frying things so appealing and simple-like. I want to fry with you!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna August 1, 2012 at 12:40 am

      HAHAH. “I want to fry with you.” Best line ever.

  • Reply Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    What an amazing idea!! Must go get avocados!

  • Reply emmycooks July 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I thought fried avocados were so wrong…until I tasted them for the first time. Putting them in tacos is pure genius.

  • Reply Lisa J. July 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    These look so interesting and yummy!

  • Reply laura @ glutton for nourishment July 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    this is genius. pure and simple.

  • Reply Meg July 27, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    My boyfriend, who will eat pretty much anything, doesn’t like avocados. Personally I can’t fathom the idea of not eating avocados, considering their deliciousness….and ability to take on any flavours depending what you do with them. They’re the perfect food!

  • Reply Bev @ Bev Cooks July 28, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Holy Lord Almighty, I’m IN.

  • Reply Nicole Franzen July 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance July 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    sweet jesus…all I saw was “fried avocado tacos” and I had to write a comment. GENIUS.

  • Reply julie @ the semi-reformed nerd July 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    YUM. Fried avocado is one of my favorite ‘guilty’ pleasures. Looks awesome!

  • Reply Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen July 30, 2012 at 8:43 am

    It must be a habit acquired from watching my mom, but I only buy 1 or 2 avocados at a time.. just looking at the photo with so many waiting to be eaten has changed that for me forever!! Excellent that you’ve deep-fried them.. crunchy then soft inside!!

  • Reply lynn @ the actor's diet July 30, 2012 at 8:54 am

    i had fried avocados once and they were life changing!!!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna August 1, 2012 at 12:37 am

      Samsies

  • Reply Christina July 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    What?! Love how your mind works. 🙂

    Come over and check out the Fro Yo Pie I put together.
    http://www.becauseofmadalene.com/2012/07/frozen-yogurt-raspberry-lemon-pie.html

    Christina

  • Reply Kara July 31, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Never heard of fried avocados…but avocados are a staple in our home and this is a must try! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Reply Melissa Klotz August 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I do love avocado, but I just can’t bear to eat it warm… I’ve tried deep-fried avocado at the OC Fair and hate when I have to reheat Chipotle leftovers that have guacamole on them. It turns sour tasting!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna August 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      I actually don’t really like avocado warm either, but these I don’t mind. Maybe it’s the crunch and the fact that they don’t cook for long? Not sure, but even if you generally don’t like warm avocado, you still might like these. 🙂

      • Reply HiLLjO August 9, 2012 at 8:05 am

        I agree! I don’t care for warm avocado but these are amazing!

        Melissa: Do you reheat the Chipotle in the microwave? That could make it sour.

  • Reply Kathy August 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I am a food blog addict, but rarely comment on them. But had to comment on that fact that you are a genius. Fried avocado. That is food erotica. oh my. oh my. oh my.

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  • Reply HiLLjO August 9, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Made these and LOVE them! Didn’t use egg; just panko and flour/spices. I also used one that was still a bit firm yet ripe enough and it didn’t get mushy or anything.

  • Reply Jessica August 14, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I love this idea! Like some of the other commenters here, I’ve never thought to fry avocados, but I’m completely intrigued! I’m trying to imagine what they’d be like on top of a burger or in place of French fries. (Yum!) We’d love for you to submit a similar recipe to The Search for the Ultimate Weeknight Meal, offering a grand-prize to one lucky blogger who will tape a segment to air on national TV! If you’re interested, check out our contest page for more details: http://www.mrfood.com/Editors-Picks/Search-for-Ultimate-Weeknight-Meal-Blogger-Contest

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    why hadn’t I ever thought of doing this?!

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    I’ve been DYING DYING DYING to try fried avocados. Have you tried them in the oven? I might have to do that.

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