Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

This week I would like to introduce you to my good friend Leslie Durso !! As you all know by now, I love eating meat, but Leslie is a vegan master chef !! Really I love my veggies too, and the dishes she comes up with are amazing. Leslie is an Californian actress, chef, and vegan personality – she is like the poster child for the young, chic vegan movement. She has been featured in Glamour Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Us Magazine, Yummly, and I am very happy have her share her vegan expertise with us !! This week she is sharing with us her Portobello Asada with Onion Cilantro Relish !!

Where’s the beef?  Who cares! My vegan take on carne asada will have you questioning the need for carne at all!
Growing up in San Diego meant round-the-clock access to the most amazing Mexican food this side of the border.  Eating at taco shops at 2 am is just about a right of passage for any San Diegan.
I love the flavors and concepts of authentic Mexican cuisine, but I couldn’t find too many vegan options on the menus so I started creating my own at home.  From chile relleno and enchiladas to tortas and chimichangas, I’ve veganized them all!
Here’s one of Mexico’s most famous staples: carne asada.  My vegan version replaces traditional beef with portobello mushrooms, which I marinate in citrus and spices overnight.  The end result is Mexican food that packs a flavor punch without the late night 2am guilt.

Portobello Asada

Serves 2
  • 4 portobello mushrooms, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
Whisk together all the ingredients except mushrooms in a large bowl.  Add the sliced mushrooms and toss to coat.  Pour the mushrooms and marinade into a airtight plastic bag and refrigerate for 4 hours (or overnight).

In a large frying pan, on medium heat, add the mushroom and marinade and saute until the mushrooms are tender, about 10 minutes.  Remove the mushrooms from the pan and cut into 1 inch pieces.

Onion Cilantro Relish


  • 1/2 white onion, finely diced
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, juice

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and refrigerate.

Serve with warm tortillas, Onion Cilantro Relish, and Guacamole.