Really, what are tacos if you’re not going to celebrate by eating them on Tuesday? Unconstitutional.
Tacos are kind of a staple in my diet. I almost always have tortillas in my pantry, just waiting. These ones I have here today are black bean tacos. I opted for black bean tacos because I had a lot of them to use up. I got impatient with a big bag of bulk beans I bought, and cooked them all at once. But that’s another can of worms.
But a taco with beef, or pork? Or chicken? But why? I’ll tell you why.
My go-to is typically chicken or fish if I’m having one with meat, but I almost prefer the simplicity of a taco with tofu (Sofritas, maybe?) or black beans. They don’t feel heavy or greasy that way, either.
When they’re lighter, you can eat more of them. See, vegans are on to something. And that’s what these tacos are, is vegan.
How do you prepare these? Well. For a serving of three tacos, you’re going to need at your disposal:
- one can of drained black beans
- three tablespoons of pico de gallo
- three tablespoons of guacamole (homemade, or store bought. I’m not picky.)
- three soft corn tortillas
- 1/4 cup of chipotle sauce
- a few sprigs of cilantro
ingredients you can totally use that aren’t pictured: red onion, banana peppers, iceberg lettuce, kale, tomato chunks, avocado chunks, hot sauce???? why not???
First, warm up the tortillas. If you have an oven to use, cool. Put them in there at 350 degrees for a few minutes. If not, just microwave each one for about 15 seconds.
Next, warm up the black beans, because no one like cold, nasty slimy beans on their tacos. No offense if you do. Drain your can of black beans and use about 1/2 cup for the filling. This is really up to you, stuff the tacos with as little or as much filling as you deem necessary. As you can see, mine are kind of light on the beans.
Combine the allocated beans with chipotle sauce. How do you make chipotle sauce? Buy a can of smoked chipotle peppers in sauce, put in a blender, add 1/3 cup of water to start, and blend until smooth. This makes the sauce go further, and also less atomic. Really, that stuff will burn if it gets in your eye.
(Of course, feel free to omit the chipotle sauce and use salsa or something more mild if you can’t handle spice. You’re not a failure if you can’t.)
Microwave the beans, or cook on the stove top if you’re ‘fancy.’ Once they’re hot, yay, congrats, you’re done!
Assemble the tacos. First, smother the tortilla with guacamole. Then add the beans, pico de gallo, and cilanto.
Bam! You are done! Enjoy.