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tacos gobernador on a beige plate.

Tacos Gobernador

  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These vegan Tacos Gobernador are cheesy “shrimp” tacos made with hearts of palm, roasted poblano peppers, and a creamy tomato sauce.  The tortilla is lightly fried in chili oil to be slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.


  • 1 14oz can of hearts of palm
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or any neutral oil)
  • 1/4 cup chili oil (or regular oil)
  • 2 tbsp vegan cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup vegan cheese
  • 2 tbsp water or vegetable broth
  • 1 poblano pepper, roasted, peeled and sliced (see above for instructions on how to roast)
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Salt to taste


  1. Open the can of hearts of palm, drain and quickly rinse. Chop into half-inch-sized pieces, about the size of a shrimp cut in half.
  2. Add 1 tbsp of avocado oil to a pan on medium heat. Once hot, add the chopped hearts of palm, salt to taste, and fry until golden brown (about 7-10 minutes). Set aside.
  3. Next, sauté the diced tomatoes, onions, and garlic in the same pan used for the hearts of palm. Add 2 tbsp of water and let it simmer until it thickens into a sauce.
  4. Add vegan cream cheese, stir in until it is evenly incorporated. If the sauce is too thick, add a little more water.
  5. Add the hearts of palm chunks back into the pan to mix in with the sauce. Add in sliced poblano pepper.
  6. Turn on the griddle on medium heat. Once hot, add a corn tortilla and lightly drizzle with chili oil. Flip tortilla, add 1-2 tablespoons of vegan cheese, close, and let cook for 2 minutes on each side until cheese gets melty.
  7. Open the tortilla and add a heaping spoonful of the saucy hearts of palm filling. Close tortilla and enjoy!
  • Category: Mexican
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: tacos gobernador, vegan tacos, plant-based mexican recipes, vegan mexican recipes