Taco Flavored Fried Brussels Sprouts and Lemon-Lime Yogurt Dip

Every so often I write a recipe that completely changes the game for me. A recipe that makes me proclaim to the void and all the gods, old and new that this will be my legacy. And let me tell you, managing to make crispy but oh so tender brussels sprouts that taste like the classic ground beef tacos you had as a kid is that moment.

And the process is simple: just drop the bad boys in the fryer for a few minutes and absolutely coat them with a super easy and basic homemade taco seasoning blend and that’s that on the sprouts. Then to top it all off I find the lemon-lime dip so fun. When you hear lemon-lime it takes you back to thinking about Gatorade, candy, fruit snacks, etc. But in all actuality it packs plenty of zing and coolness from the yogurt to cut through the spicy and semi-charred flavor of the sprouts. Every time I make this I’ll take a sample sprout to see how I did, and then I just keep going and going.


  • 1 lb brussels sprouts cut into quarters
  • 1 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp honey/agave
  • 4 cups oil for frying (peanut, vegetable, etc)

Mix together all the spices including the salt and pepper and set aside.

Heat your fry oil to 375 degrees. Cook the brussels sprouts in batches (I usually end up with three batches total) in the oil until they’ve browned, about three to five minutes per batch.

What I like to do at this point and find the most convenient is to line a really big tupperware with paper towels. I’ll dump batch by batch in, but close the tupperware in between batches to keep the heat in. Once all the sprouts are done throw the seasoning in there, close the lid again, and shake that thing with all the ferocity you can muster.

From here mix together the yogurt, lemon and like goodness, soy sauce, and sweetner. Make any adjustments you deem necessary, serve it up, and watch the crowd go wild.

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