Quick Tacos

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We eat some version of this recipe once a week at my house. It?s quick and endlessly variable, as noted below. (There aren't any taco shells involved, but for whatever reason, because we still call them "tacos".)

Black or pinto beans - if I have time, I soak dry beans and cook them, but we keep several large cans of beans in the pantry for nights when we need a quicker option. I usually sauté an onion and some garlic with a little cumin and oregano, then add the beans when the onion is soft and translucent. Sometimes we add 1/2 -- 3/4 cup of frozen corn. Cover and warm through.

Brown rice ? as mentioned above, I often cook this the night before and reheat. We also keep a bag of quick brown rice in the cupboard. This cooks in about 8 minutes. Between that and the canned beans, we always have ingredients on hand for a 20-minute meal.

Serve with any combination of the following:

  • Grated cheese - we use cheddar, colby, or jack
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sautéed summer squash and/or bell pepper
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Warm tortillas

By: | Oct 1, 2012 09:35 PM | Permalink
I like this recipe, I make a similar one, using kefir instead of sour creme, for those of us sensitive to dairy..I take one carton of Greek yogurt, hang it upside down overnight in a cheesecloth over a bowl to catch the liquid, next am all ready for whatever seasonings you want to create with it,,or just use it for any dish that calls for sour cream...I like it better than the fake sour creams out on the healthy food shelves..the other alternative I can tolerate is Nancys cultured sour cream..for some reason if its cultured, I can eat it with no side effects...anyway..I love Black beans..so much lighter fare..I also hotten mine with cayenne pepper..Thank you,!
Petals says:    (Oct 2, 2012 12:00 AM)

Hi, My son is casein intolerant. Would this work for us too? Any Greek yogurt, drained overnight becomes kefir? Please help. Your sour cream sounds amazing.

By: | Oct 1, 2012 06:55 PM | Permalink
What a great quick, nutritious meal! And easy to add the seasonal items that I got from the CSA or farmer's market.

Thanks for sharing!

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