Zesty Bean Tacos
Make these tasty meatless tacos using cooked, dried beans. Beans are a great protein source and cost a fraction of the cost of meat.
Number of Servings: 10
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
16 ounces dried pinto beans
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, minced
4 tablespoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 cup water
20 corn tortillas shells
2 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
1 cup shredded cheese
Time needed: 15 minutes preparation; 1-4 hours wait time; 20 minutes cook time
- Prepare dried beans according to package directions. (See recipe link in “Tips and Variations.” Once beans are cooked, drain and set aside.
- Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onion for 3-5 minutes, or until softened. Add the garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
- Add the cooked beans, cumin, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and water. Add additional water, if needed, to reach desired consistency.
- Stir well and heat until simmering. Remove from heat and fill taco shells with bean mixture. Top with lettuce and cheese. Serve.
|Total Fat:||12 g|
|Saturated Fat:||3 g|
|Total Carbohydrate:||11 g|
|Dietary Fiber:||11 g|
|Total Sugar:||2 g|
Allergens: Dairy, possibly wheat (check tortilla package)
Tips and Variations
To cook the dried beans, follow the instructions for the quick hot soak or overnight soak method found on Preparing Dried Beans and Whole Dry Peas (PDF).
You can substitute 5-6 cups of canned beans (about 3 15-ounce cans), rinsed and drained, for the dried and cooked beans.
This recipe can be served over rice or salad, or in burritos.
To lower the fat, try a low-fat cheese.
Top with any of your favorite taco toppings. Try fresh tomatoes, avocadoes, diced onion, salsa, cilantro, or chopped peppers.
This was adapted from a recipe contributed by Kristin Lillemo (unpublished; original recipe).
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