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Recipe 1.2: Tacos with Onions and Spicy Beans

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Recipe 1.2: Tacos with Onions and Spicy Beans

A Mexican feast! Tacos are a fairly basic meal, but make it with these easy additions to add a new dimension and flavor to your taco night.  I have never been a fan of refried beans out of the can – but I love restaurant refried beans.  I came up with this recipe – it is much healthier than typical beans, but so tasty that you don’t miss the “real” thing!  Smashing the beans gives great texture and adding the garlic and jalapeno add a spicy pop of flavor.


1 lb. ground meat (I use ground turkey)
Approx. 1/2 tsp. each adobe chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper (or use 1 packet taco seasoning)

4 tbs. olive oil
1 tbs. minced jalapeno (add more or less depending on how spicy you like it)
1 tbs. minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans

2 tbs. olive oil
1 large yellow onion, sliced

4 large wheat tortillas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Brown ground meat in skillet. Just before fully browned, add seasonings, along with ¼ cup water.

While meat cooks, add 2 tbs. olive oil to another skillet, over medium to medium-high heat. Add onions and salt, to taste. Allow to carmelize, around 7-10 minutes.

Wrap tortillas in foil and put in oven. Let warm until the entire meal is prepared.

Meanwhile, add olive oil, jalapeno, and garlic to a saucepan over medium heat. Let cook for 2-3 minutes, or until soft and fragrant. Add beans, then smash, mixing the oil, garlic, beans, and jalapeno together. Reduce heat to low. Once beans are partially smashed (some whole beans should still remain) remove from heat.
Prep other toppings including (but not limited to!) diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, grated cheese, sour cream, etc. Build tacos as you like and enjoy!