Homemade Whole Wheat Paneer Tikka Tacos

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It had been my longtime dream to make tacos at home and frankly speaking, I don’t know what stopped me for so long. I still remember the day Taco Bell opened an outlet near our home and the entire neighborhood went crazy. There were long queues for more than a month – don’t ask me why and as I said, people went gaga over it *including moi*

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The first time I bit into their crispy shell taco, I fell in love with their creamy cheesy sauce and the best tasting potato nuggets. The next time around, I felt that the quality came down and the third time I detested it. Now that exactly is the problem with store bought food.

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So after a little research I found that the taco shell is nothing but a version of the plain old roti I make every single day. Of course, authentically it could be totally different but then I thought why couldn’t I make it with whole wheat flour. And then I followed a tip I found on the internet to bring out the perfect taco shape. It worked like magic. Read on the recipe to find out more.

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When I was thinking about what to stuff into my first ever homemade taco, I remembered this Tawa Paneer Tikka and it sounded just perfect. To top it off we had some colored bell peppers and I just tossed them up in some olive oil with some herbs/spices. And luckily I had some egg-less cheesy chipotle sauce handy and drizzled it on top of the taco. These tacos turned out simply amazing and great for my first attempt!

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To make Homemade Whole Wheat Paneer Tikka Tacos

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Medium
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What I used –
For the Whole Wheat Taco Shell –
  • Whole Wheat Flour, 5 cups
  • Salt, as needed
  • Oil, 1 tsp + extra for cooking
  • Water, as needed
For the Bell Pepper Stuffing –
  • Colored Bell Peppers, 2 large
  • Onion, 1 large
  • Olive Oil, 2 tsp
  • Garlic Powder, ½ tsp
  • Red Chilli Flakes, 1 tsp
  • Salt, as needed
For the Paneer Tikka Taco Assembly –
  • Paneer Tikka, as needed
  • Eggless Cheesy Chipotle Mayonnaise, as needed
  • Iceberg Lettuce, as needed
  • Lemon Wedges, to serve (optional)

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Prep Work –

1. In a bowl, add whole wheat flour, salt as needed and add water little by little and knead the dough soft & pliable. Add 1 tsp of oil and knead again. Set it aside for 5-10 mins.

2. Chop onions and bell peppers length wise. Set them aside.

3. Prepare Paneer Tikka as per this recipe. Set it aside.

4. Preheat the oven at 180°C for 10-15 mins.

How I made –

1. To prepare the taco shells, take a medium sized ball of the prepared dough and roll it thin.

2. Meanwhile heat a flat tawa and cook the rolled out taco for ~30 secs on each side. Apply some oil on each side of the taco.

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3. Set the prepared tacos on a greased grill stand so that each taco forms a shell. Put this in the preheated oven on toast mode for 5-7 mins until crisp. Remove and set it aside.

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4. To prepare the bell pepper stuffing, heat olive oil. Add chopped bell peppers and onions along with salt needed and on high flame stir fry for 3-4 mins. Add red chilli flakes and garlic powder. Remove from heat.

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5. To set the Paneer Tikka Tacos, take a prepared taco shell. Add shredded iceberg lettuce as the first layer followed by bell pepper stuffing and finally paneer tikka. Drizzle the cheesy chipotle mayonnaise on top.

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6. Serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side.

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Note –
  • Follow the recipe of Paneer Tikka here.
  • Soft Tacos can be prepared in advance and then put in the oven when ready to serve.
  • Assemble the tacos only when ready to serve as they can become soggy.
  • Don’t overcook the bell peppers as they need to have a crunch.
  • If you don’t have garlic powder, use finely chopped garlic instead.

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4 thoughts on “Homemade Whole Wheat Paneer Tikka Tacos

  1. I love paneer cheese and how clever to use them for a taco filling! I will have to try this!
    And you made your own taco shells, that is dedicated! Wow, what a lovely dish! 🙂

  2. Love the sound of this recipe CH! It seems to be within my reach of doable recipes, and I am going to give it a try. I love this Blog and the amazing, wide variety of recipes you post. I am interested in vegetarian recipes from the Indian subcontinent, and I love baking too. I have a wonderful cookbook which has given me ideas and it is called Cooking with Kurma.
    I have bookmarked your site and will visit again.
    Thank you for your inspiring recipes. Love this Blog!

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