Beef & Black Bean Tacos

We love tacos in Texas, so recently I decided to do a twist on plain-old regular tacos. I didn’t have taco shells on hand, but I did have a package of 6-inch corn tortillas. And I didn’t have an entire pound of ground beef – I had 8oz, and I found cooked black beans in my freezer (about the equivalent of one can). So, I decided to do some improvising! I used the meat and beans together with my homemade taco seasoning, and I baked the tortillas in the oven (by turning my cupcake pan upside-down). It was a lot of fun, and they turned out great! Enjoy!

Beef & Black Bean Tacos

A Karen original recipe
Serves 4 (2 tacos per serving)

8 oz 93% lean ground beef, uncooked
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (about 1 can – if canned, then rinse & drain)
8 6-inch corn tortillas (I use HEB brand)
1 recipe homemade taco seasoning (see recipe below)
1/2 cup water
toppings – lettuce, salsa, cheese, sour cream, etc. (not included in nutritional info)

Bake tortillas upside-down in a cupcake pan at 425 for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, brown meat in medium skillet. Add taco seasoning, black beans, and 1/2 cup water. Simmer until thickened.

Fill tortillas with the beef & bean mixture.

Top with your favorite toppings (lettuce, salsa, cheese, etc.).

Nutritional info:
Calories 287.7
Total Fat 5.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.3 g
Cholesterol 30.0 mg
Sodium 349.0 mg
Potassium 430.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 40.5 g
Dietary Fiber 7.0 g
Sugars 0.6 g
Protein 19.5 g

Homemade taco seasoning (equals 1 store-bought packet)

Adapted from unknown recipe source
Makes 1 “packet”, 4 servings

1 tsp dried minced onion
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp chipotle powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp corn starch
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tsp tomato powder

For tacos, mix with 1/2 cup water and cooked ground meat.

Nutritional info per serving:
Calories: 7.6
Total Fat:: 0.2 g
Saturated Fat: 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 298.8 mg
Potassium: 53.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 2.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.4 g
Sugars: 0.6 g
Protein: 0.3 g


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