I’ve made it no secret that I love Mexican food. So much so, in fact, that the night I went into labor with Mack, I was making enchiladas (I probably should have been at the hospital but since I wasn’t sure, I made dinner instead.) I love the flavor combinations and it’s a cuisine that so easily lends itself to the vegetarian side of things.
In terms of tacos, I could come up with a new variation for each day (365 days of tacos- sounds like a cookbook idea right there, ha!) I have my favorites (like these sweet potato/guac ones– years later and I still love them) but that doesn’t stop me from experimenting. I think it’s easy to overlook roasted red peppers as a main ingredient but they can be so handy (and really delicious- especially when you roast/grill them yourself!) This red pepper relish is great for these tacos but could easily be used in a myriad of ways. I’ve swapped out the cotija cheese for feta and used as a salad topping, stuffed this mixture in a quesadilla, and mixed with grains for lunch.
On top of the red pepper relish, I’ve decided to take the plunge with an idea that’s been in my head for some time. I know there are things on this site that seem easy to me but can easily seem daunting when just starting out and so, I’ve decided to start a video series that shows how-to’s on somewhat tricky items. I already have a video on on how to make corn tortillas with a press but I wanted to create a short, 60 second video on how to ‘roll’ out tortillas with a bowl and hand roller (do you have one of these in your kitchen- I use it more than my rolling pin!) So, without further ado, more corn tortillas:
(Find the recipe for homemade corn tortillas and the instructions here.)
Black Bean Tacos with Roasted Red Pepper Relish (+ Homemade Corn Tortillas)
A quick and easy black bean taco with homemade relish featuring roasted red peppers and salty cheese.
Red Pepper Relish
- 1 Roasted Red Pepper see note
- 1/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese
- 3 tablespoons minced white onion
- 3 tablespoons minced cilantro
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- pinch dried pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup black beans with liquids
- Pinch of salt
- 4 corn tortillas
- For relish, dice the roasted red pepper and place in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients for the relish and toss to combine. Taste and adjust flavors as desired- it's a pretty loose combination. Set aside while the black beans cook
- To make beans, in a dry skillet over medium-low heat, toast the coriander and cumin seeds for 2-3 minutes. Seeds should be fragrant and beginning to brown. Place in a pestle with dried pepper flakes and crush until spices are ground.
- Return spices to the skillet and add ½ cup of black beans and liquids. Heat over medium low and let cook until liquids have mostly cooked out, anywhere from 4 to 8 minutes, careful not to over cook- beans will turn to mush. Taste and adjust pepper if needed.
- Assemble tacos with a spoonful of black beans followed by pepper relish.
Tips and Tricks: For the roasted red pepper, I highly recommend roasting (or grilling) your own. The flavor from the jarred peppers are not the same (but will work in a pinch).
In a hurry, I've ditched cooking the black beans and just used black beans by themselves as the base (as seen in the pictures above). While I love my spiced black beans, sometimes I really don't feel like cooking!
Nutrition: See the information.