Taco Tuesday Vegan Fiesta!

Taco Tuesday, original post huh?  But seriously, who doesn’t LOVE Mexican food?  And here in Southern California, there’s about 1 good restaurant on each block, each claiming it has the best Mexi food in town.  And it is all goooooood,  only problem?  It’s mostly burritos the size of your head.  Or taco plates the size of your torso filled with greasy rice, beans, cheeses, and more.  Add a couple cervezas or a margarita, ay dios mio….

Here’s a healthier, easy Taco Tuesday meal.  Just heat up some CORN, not flour, tortillas, add some beans, and load on the veggies.  Easy peasy and delicious!  Now you deserve a beer or marg with your meal!

What you’ll need:

  • Corn tortillas – make sure the only ingredients are corn and water, maybe lime or lemon too
  • Beans – see below for my homemade “re-fried” bean recipe
  • Chopped lettuce
  • diced tomato
  • sliced avocado
  • shredded “vegan” cheese – I used an almond based mozzarella
  • fresh chopped cilantro
  • any other veggies you choose – I sautéed mushrooms

Fixings for the tacos & tostadas

For the beans, I would either use low sodium black beans, or get creative and re-fry them, in a healthier way.  I had some left over black beans from my last batch of homemade beans and decided to try it…

Cooking down the water

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cup of beans ( which will be enough for 3 tostadas or about 6 tacos) or 1 can
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt – more if needed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

In a small bowl, mash-up beans with fork or spoon until beans are pretty well mashed.  In a medium skillet on medium heat, heat a tablespoon of vegan buttery spread, I use Earth Balance.  Add onion and garlic, stirring for about 5 minutes.  Add mashed beans and 2 tablespoons of water.  Mix with onion.  Add spices and combine.  Stir for a couple of minutes.  Reduce heat to low.  Beans should become paste like.  

In another pan on medium heat, heat up a tiny bit of oil.  One at a time, heat up tortillas, cooking for about 2 minutes on each side; or you can simply warm in oven or microwave.  Remove beans from heat.  Spread beans on taco shell and fill with veggies.  Top with fresh cilantro, salsa, hot sauces…and ENJOY!!

Fixin’ up the tacos

Tostada base

Tostada Fiesta!

What is your favorite Mexican food?

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