It's Tuesday so you know all I can think about is what kind of tacos we should have for dinner. Although I am not normally one for themed meals, I can never refuse a taco so I take any and all reasons to enjoy them. This week I wanted to make a meatless option and needed something quick and easy that I could throw together without going to the grocery store.
Since I always have black beans and canned diced tomatoes at home, these were the perfect solution. The black beans are cooked in a combination of red onion, garlic, tomatoes, and loads of spices. If you like things spicy, you could throw in a chipotle pepper, poblano pepper, or jalapeno as well. Then about half of the beans are mashed to make them nice and creamy. Personally, I like that consistency that is kind of like thick refried beans, but you could also leave everything whole if you prefer. Stuffed in a warm corn tortilla with your favorite toppings, and dinner is ready in no time.
Quick and Easy Black Bean Tacos
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- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup red onion, diced
- 2 U cloves garlic, minced
- 20 oz. canned black beans, rinsed and drained
- 14.5 oz. canned diced tomatoes, drained
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp coriander
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1/16 tsp cayenne pepper
- 8 U corn tortillas
Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook for 4-5 minutes until beginning to soften, stirring often.
Add the beans, tomatoes, and all the spices. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring. Then use a masher or wooden spoon to mash about half the mixture. Cook for 8-10 minutes longer.
Heat the tortillas and serve with about 1/4 cup black bean and tomato mixture. Top with your favorite toppings - avocado, light sour cream, cheese, lettuce, cilantro, onions, etc,
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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