Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Heirloom Bean Soft Tacos

We have found one of our favorite things to grow in the garden...dried beans! They are super easy to grow. Throw your seeds in the ground, watch them grow, let them die off in the fall, and harvest the bean pods. Once you shell the beans, they are ready for storage. VoilĂ !

When I went out Sunday to pick up a few groceries before the projected storm, I had a hankering for some guacamole. I picked up some avocados and a guacamole seasoning packet. I normally make it from scratch, but Dan likes it and I thought we'd change it up a bit. The avocados were ripe yesterday, so "Mexican" it was for dinner.

We try to eat a good deal of vegetarian meals and beans fit the bill. We like bean tacos, so I pulled out our Kenearly Yellow Eye beans out of the pantry and got to work. I didn't soak them overnight, so I did a "fast" soak by covering some in a pot with water and boiled them rapidly for about 3 minutes. I then put the lid on and let them sit for an hour or so.

I pulled the trusty pressure cooker out and got it ready to cook. Pressure cooking beans can take some trial and error. I looked over our manual and settled on 4 minutes to cook them. They ended up a little overcooked so I adjusted my plans and made a refried bean like taco and they turned out great!

Heirloom Bean Tacos

2 C Kenearly Yellow Eye beans, cooked
Small onion
Cumin, chili powder, and salt to taste

Cook the beans by any method you prefer. Cook the onion until soft in butter or oil. Add the beans and 1/4 cup water to pan. Add cumin, chili powder, and salt to suit your tastes. Once the spices are well mixed, mash the beans with a potato masher or whatever you have available. Cook a little while longer to allow flavors to combine.

Put the bean filling on a tortilla of your choice. Add in any toppings you prefer.

We put ours on homemade flour tortillas and topped them with grated cheddar cheese and guacamole. They were awesome!


  1. this is pretty much how I flavor my pintos except I cook the onion in water or broth...less fat is good for me. I've yet to try making my own tortillas!

  2. I bet that adds good flavor as well!

    1. it does...you should try it. I started sauteing all my onions etc using water or stock and it makes a difference in total fat consumption!