Veg*n Cooking and Other Random Musings: Roasted Red Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Roasted Red Potato and Black Bean Tacos

This is another one of those really good meals that is a little more suitable to a cooler time of year. However, nature doesn't always work in the way you would like her to, and thus, we get potatoes in the heat of summer. And aside from roasting, frying, sautéing, boiling, and grilling, I can't think of any other way to prepare them. The first four methods entail getting the apartment hot; the last one isn't an option. We live on the second floor of fairly old apartments with wood decks, it's a fire hazard. So, I roasted these, that is my favorite way to prepare potatoes, and they were fantastic, but man it got warm in here. Ugh. I am happy to report that we did not get potatoes in our CSA this week - thankfully.

Roasted Red Potato and Black Bean Tacos

4-6 small red potatoes, scrubbed and cubed
2 tsp coconut oil
chipotle chili powder
ground coriander

1 cup black beans, cooked
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 hot banana pepper, seeded and minced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 yellow onion, minced
chili powder

taco shells (we used organic blue corn shells)
diced tomatoes
shredded lettuce
a small can of sliced black olives, drained (optional)

Preheat oven to 425.

Toss potatoes with oil and spices and place in a baking dish. Cover with foil and roast for 40-45 minutes, stirring a few times.

Meanwhile, heat a few tablespoons of water in a small skillet. Add the pepper, garlic, and onion. Cook for 10 minutes or until veggies are soft. Drain any excess water.

Combine with black beans and spices.

Layer lettuce, potatoes, bean mixture, and black olives in warmed taco shells.

Serve with diced tomatoes and more olives on the side.

'Til next time.


jessy said...

the bean mix and roasted potatoes sound like a scrumptious combination! and sadface on the grill being a fire hazard. better safe than sorry, i always say. but your tacos look AWESOME! oh man, now i want tacos! i might have to make this happen. and i like the blue corn shells - they're so pretty! i need to keep an eye out for those at the store, indeed! this meal seems easy and tasty - that i just LOVE! thanks for another rock'n mexican recipe of deliciousness, Jennifer! superw00t! :D

VeggieGirl said...

Oooh, so colorful! And mighty tasty :0)

Heather @ SGF said...

Ok seriously. Tell me you are moving in with us. You are right?

CeciLiA said...

Oh boy, a taco stuffed to the brim with my favorite ingredient?!! YES PLEASE!!! Oh man, I'm so jealous that you can get blue corn taco in the US ... *throwing evil glances at you* .... LOL! Have a great day!

Mihl said...

Maybe I am repeating myself, but please can you come and cook for me?

Alice (in Veganland) said...

I know I always say the same about your meals "blabla, they look tasty", but you got me here with the black olives...they look so great! I can imagine them with the potatoes and black beans...mmm...

Catherine said...

Potatoes and beans are such a winning combination, no matter what else you add to them!

P.S. I like to boil my taters and make potato salad. And don't forget hashbrowns!!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

Potatoes make the best ingredient for Mexican food! Who am I kidding, any cuisine if you ask me. And love those pretty blue corn shells.

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Jessy - It was really tasty, we'll definitely have it again, just not until fall or we get a George Foreman grill.

Me too, and they are very pretty. We tried them once and have never gone back to the yellow corn variety.

No problem, and w00t is right.

Veggie Girl - Thanks.

Heather - You know what seems like would be the best idea? I've had all these wonderful offers, I just can't choose! How 'bout y'all come to Missouri - and bring your fruit trees! ;-)

Cecilia - :-( We are pretty lucky here. And it's not like we don't have corn coming out the wazoo..

You too.

Mihl - Haha!

Alice - The black olives were what really made the meal actually, they gave it that extra "something".

Catherine - It is! Hashbrowns! Oh my goodness, Catherine! I am now looking forward to getting potatoes again, I haven't had hashbrowns in so long.

Lisa - I'll second that one, I like me some potatoes, sweet or regular.