Saturday, May 9, 2009

Black Bean Tacos


Oh, the tomatoes! They are starting to smell like tomatoes again. And taste almost like something that was grown in the ground instead of something created in some kind of freaky greenhouse factory. And even the fresh herbs are getting more fragrant. Hooray for spring! I want to dance around and eat things!

I made these tacos for dinner while watching old Jamie Oliver videos on the internet. These are easy to make and require minimal time and concentration, and yet they somehow look and taste all fancy and lovely. I remember the tacos of my suburban Canandian youth, with their stale, crunchy shells, and pale lettuce and tomatoes, plus some kind of meat fried in packaged spice powder.They were considered a treat. I liked them just fine. So you can only imagine how much I loooooove this fresher, more interesting, and less-meaty version. I could eat ten more right now.


Black Bean Tacos

3 tbsp sunflower oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
three cups of cooked black beans
juice of 1/2 a lime
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 cup corn
salt and pepper to taste
6-8 corn tortillas
1 ripe avacado
1 medium sized tomato
salsa and fresh cilantro for garnish

Heat the oil over medium high heat and add onion and garlic.

Saute for a minute or two, then dump in your black beans.

Add spices and lime juice, stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium and let cook for a few minutes.

Add corn and stir again. Reduce heat to low.

Warm tortillas in oven until they are soft (about three minutes).

On a warmed tortilla layer bean mixture, tomatoes, avacado, salsa, and cilantro.

Fold! Eat!




The Voracious Vegan said...

I LOVE simple fresh meals like this. And you have included my favorite thing in the world: avocado! And the black beans, lime and cilantro are also at the top of my list! Delicious!

Linnea said...

These look delish and simple! One question: where do you buy your corn tortillas? I find them kinda hard to come by - grocery stores only tend to carry the regular tortillas, and they just ain't the same!

Jo Stockton said...

VV- We are of one mind when it comes to avocados and cilantro! Yum.

Linnea- the major Ontario supermarket (Loblaws) has recently started carrying store-brand corn tortillas, much to my delight! I realize that doesn't help if you aren't in Ontario, but it's the only place I've been able to find them, other than our city's one, tiny latin american grocery store. Good luck! :)

Cyn said...

I cannot wait for tomato season to happen! I'm seriously so excited about it, it's ridiculous. And tacos are always a fantastic dinner, especially with cilantro & avocado.

A said...

Looks very nice... I too am excited about "real" tomatoes!

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zoom said...

This looks yummy. I'm going to make it. And that tomato on the table cloth? You have an artist's eye when it comes to food.