Saturday, July 27, 2013

Yummy Black Bean and Potato Tacos with Pepper Jack and Sweet Salsa!

So, hubby and I are working on eating less meat, which means I am learning to make vegetarian meals I may not have otherwise made! I figured I would share them with you guys in case any of you are thinking of making the switch also, to help give some new ideas on what to eat. (I was vegetarian for almost 3 years a while back... but I never really learned how to COOK vegetarian meals. I ate out a lot. This is going to be a fun experience to learn these new meals I think!) This one turned out REALLY good! :) (More on these stories later) But for now, here's the recipe:

Yummy Black Bean and Potato Tacos:

Serves 2, but really easy to add more!


Potatos (any kind - I used red potatoes) - diced - about 1/4 to 1/2 c per person

Black Beans- drained and rinsed - about 1/4 to 1/2 c per person (I used 1.2 a can for hubby and I and we have leftovers)
Cheese - grated - (I used pepper jack and was also 1/4 to 1/2 c per person - we LOVE cheese!)
Mini Flour Tortillas - soft taco size
Vegetable oil (for frying the tortillas)
Garlic - FRESH! - to taste, but I use a lot of garlic in my house. I used about 5 cloves. All chopped finely. 
Pepper - to taste
Salt - to taste
Jalapenos (canned) - 1/4 c. diced
Sweet Jelly or Sugar (About 1 Tb. - I used Habanero Jelly, but you could use sugar or honey, or something else sweet)
Green Onions - I used 2
Onion - I used Maya sweet onions, 1 small one.
Tomato - 1 - but more would be great too!
Lettuce - Couple leaves
Olive oil
Lime (for the juice)
Orange (for the juice)

How to make them:

Step 1: Make the filling. 

  In saute pan, drizzle olive oil, and add 1/2 the chopped garlic, 2/3 of the chopped onion, and the potatoes. Saute until soft, but browned. Add the black beans and the green onions, and squeeze in the juice of half a lime and also half an orange. Saute until heated through and a sticky consistency. 

Step 2: Make the sweet salsa.

  In small bowl, combine: tomato, rest of the garlic, sweet jelly, rest of the chopped onion, juice of 1 lime, diced jalapenos, salt and pepper. 

Step 3: Make the tortilla shells.

  Heat vegetable oil in saucepan. Holding the tortillas with tongs, fry, folding into a taco shell as you go. Drain on paper towels. 

Step 4: Grate the cheese.

  Grate your cheese! :)

Step 5: Slice the lettuce.

  Slice your lettuce up nice and thin.

Step 6: Put it all together!

  I put them in this order:
      Taco shell + cheese + filling + lettuce + salsa.

There you have it. The End. And they look like this:

Oh, and then you eat them! nom nom nom nom nom....

xoxo j.