Recipe 5.4: Tacos with refried beans and sautéed onions
A busy week called for an old standby meal: tacos! These are always a great meal to add into any meal rotation because they are 1. cheap, 2. delicious, and 3. quick and easy to prepare! These easy additions 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 flavor.
1 lb. ground meat (I use ground turkey)
Approx. ½ teaspoon each adobe chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper (or use 1 packet taco seasoning)
4 tbs. olive oil
2 tbs. minced jalapeno
2 tbs. minced garlic
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
2 tbs. olive oil
1 large yellow onion, sliced
4 large wheat tortillas
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 caramelize, around 7-10 minutes.
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!