Pink Pepper Calamari Tacos




  • 12 x La Banderita flour Street Tacos
  • 4 small whole calamari (about 500g), cleaned
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. all spice 
  • 1 tsp. pink peppercorn
  • 1/2 a punnet cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 tbs. crispy fried shallots

Green Salsa

  • 1 tbs. pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small bunch of mint, leaves picked plus extra to garnish
  • 2 tbs. jalapeno in brine plus 1 tsp. of the brine
  • Juice and zest 1 lime
  • 1/2 tbs. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt


Separate the tentacles and cut in half. Cut through one side of the squid. Flatten out and score the surface diagonally. Cut into 5cm pieces. Place in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of oil, salt, all spice and crushed pink peppercorns.

In a mortar and pestle crush pepitas into a fine crumb. Add the garlic and a good pinch of salt and bruise. Add mint, jalapenos, lime and sugar and pound until a paste forms, then add a 1/4 cup of olive oil and combine until smooth. Alternatively pulse all ingredients in a small food processor to form the salsa.

Warm tacos in a pan over a medium heat for 1 minute on each side. Keep warm in a clean tea towel.

Heat a bbq or grill pan and cook the calamari for 1-2 minutes until charred and just cooked through.

Serve calamari in the warm tacos, with tomato, green salsa and crispy shallots.

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