Put your Mexican meal kits at the back of your cupboard and have a go at making Espresso Black Bean Tacos at home. Invite all your espresso crazy friends for a Taco Tuesday night and impress them with these vegetarian tacos, which are packed with smoky rich flavours, seasoned with a homemade taco seasoning and a hint of coffee. The coffee lends an earthy flavour to the taco sauce taking your feast to new flavourful heights.
Sometimes my family crave dishes other than traditional curries for dinner, so I am always on the lookout for nutritious recipes from different cuisines. Over the past few years, we have grown very fond of Mexican food and have tried many recipes at home. These tacos are packed with protein and you can make them even healthier by topping or eating aside with plenty of salad. I have not used wholemeal wraps here but that would be another way of adding extra fibre to the meal.
WHAT ARE TACOS?
Tacos are a traditional Mexican recipe whereby tortillas made from wheat or corn are either folded or wrapped around a filling. The filling is usually then topped with cheese, guacamole, coriander and salsa. The toppings can be made from various vegetables, pulses, seafood and meat.
HOW TO MAKE TACO SEASONING AT HOME?
Rather than buying a small sachet of taco seasoning at a high price, I just whip up fresh taco seasoning at home, which can be made in less than a couple of minutes. I believe that homemade spices, masalas and mix are far better than shop bought. For taco seasoning, you will need these ingredients.
Red Chilli powder
Dried chilli flakes
Black pepper powder
Mix it and store in an airtight jar.
INGREDIENTS FOR ESPRESSO BLACK BEAN TACO
The secret ingredient in this recipe is coffee. Usually, we always use some cocoa powder in our sauces but saw a recipe that uses coffee and thought we would try this instead!
Roasted red peppers from a jar – to blend into the black bean and pepper sauce
Black beans – we soaked black beans overnight and then cooked in the pressure cooker. But you can also use tinned black beans
Homemade taco/Mexican seasoning – a blend of various Mexican spices and herbs.
Grated cheese – we used a medium cheddar but you can use other cheeses too
Pickled onions – we added some pomegranate and pinch of sugar to the pickling vinegar for better colour and to add flavour
Fresh Coriander leaves –
HOW TO MAKE ESPRESSO BLACK BEAN TACO
To get the right taco recipe, you need flavourful chilli. For this particular recipe the espresso black bean filling sauce is the highlight, so we are going to give all the attention to the sauce, which will take most of our time in making flavourful and tasty tacos.
In a blender make a fine puree of roasted red peppers, tomato puree, vinegar, half of the black beans and water.
In a pan heat olive oil and add the chopped onion, cook for 5-7 minutes then add taco seasoning and cook further for a minute or so.
Stir the pepper sauce, sugar and coffee into the onion mixture, add the vegetable stock and simmer gently for 18-20 minutes.
Once the sauce starts getting thicker add remainder of the black beans and diced peppers. Cook further for 10 minutes and stir in some freshly ground black pepper.
Once ready to serve, warm up the tortilla wrap. Spoon the aromatic chilli into the warm tortilla, sprinkle coriander leaves, some cheese and pomegranate pickled onion slices.
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