Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Best Black Bean Tacos

Summer is starting to reward us with wonderful things. Like a variety of tomatoes:

And melons, yes, melons! Tiger and Charentais, to be exact:

And finally, a wonderful recipe that I got from the book The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with your Kids One Meal at a Time. While I don't have kids myself yet, I love the idea of meals as a form of community. This book had lots of environmentally-friendly, fuss-free recipe ideas as well.

Always on the lookout for new ways to go meatless, I knew I needed to make "Gary's T-Night Tacos", a dish one dad makes every Tuesday for his family. (I am also kind of fascinated by the idea of always eating the same meal on a certain night of the week. It wasn't a tradition in my own family, but it sounds like it could be a lifesaver for busy moms.)

I just LOVED the straight-forward black bean filling, which was quick to make, slightly sweet, but savory at the same time. I couldn't get enough for it, and counted down the minutes till lunch the next day when I could re-heat the leftovers and enjoy them all over again. Bless you Gary, whoever and wherever you are!

Gary’s T-Night Tacos
From The Family Night Dinner

For the Tacos:
Canola oil
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
2 15-ounce cans of black beans, lightly drained (or 4 1/2 cups home-cooked beans)
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce
2 tablespoons maple syrup
12 corn tortillas

For the Toppings:
1 1/2 cups cheese
1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
Chopped avocado
Chopped tomatoes
Chopped lettuce

Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat and drizzle the bottom with canola oil. Sauté the onions until they start to soften, then add the beans, spices, tamari, and maple syrup. Reduce the heat to medium low and let everything gently cook for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, wrap the tortillas in foil and warm for 10 minutes in a 250-degree oven.

Serve the tortillas with bowls of beans and toppings on the side.


  1. I saw Cam's facebook open and checked out your page. Saw the link to this! I always forget you have a blog! Aren't they delicious?? That was the first recipe I tried from that book. Tuesday=Tacos at our house. =) ANd I love that book!!

  2. Funny, I was brought up eating essentially the same dinner on the same night each week. As I got older, I found this a bit boring, but there is a lot to be said for having a plan-- especially on busy days.

  3. I am so obsessed, we are making these for my extended family this weekend. Thanks for sharing your nightly meal experiences. Very interesting!

  4. I need a melon, and your tacos look awesome.


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