March 1, 2019
This was inspired by finding (finally!) a packet of actual corn taco shells in my local supermarket, rather than the wheat ones that are almost always the only kind available.
The recipe on the box suggested a mince filling but since I had a tin of black beans in the cupboard, and had recently been reading about their nutritive value, I thought I’d mess about and see what happened.
The end result was remarkably tasty, and roughly equally as messy to eat as the meaty version, so there were no serious losses at all!
Tacos tend to be a matter of putting out all the component parts and letting people assemble their own, so you need quite a lot of bowls to accommodate the salad, the vege mix, any sauces you might like, a bit of grated cheese, and maybe some chopped avocado for good measure.
Oh, and plenty of paper towels to catch the bits that would otherwise bounce off the plate and fall straight in your lap.
1Fry the onion and garlic in about 2 to 3 Tbsp cooking oil until softened
2Add the kumara and pumpkin and stir fry for a few minutes
3Add the carrot and spices and stir for a minute or two to coat the vegetables evenly
4Add the beans, water, tomato sauce or tomato mix, and pesto, and mix well
5Bring to the boil then reduce to a very low simmer
6Cook, covered, around 20 minutes, stirring regularly to stop things sticking to the pan, until the vegetables are cooked through.
1While the vegetable mix is cooking, throw together a modest salad with any ingredients you enjoy
Nacho spice mix
1Place all ingredients in a small jam jar with a screw-top lid and shake thoroughly. Use as required.
Assembling the tacos
1We found that inserting the vege mix into the base of the taco shell, followed by cheese and sauce and topping it with salad was one of the less messy options, but probably any order will do!
Nacho spice mix
Mine were commercial ones in a packet, and they just needed heating in the oven at 180°C for about 5 minutes prior to use. They were the crunchy kind, essentially like big, folded over corn chips. They come in packs of twelve and we found two or three each was plenty, so a box will happily serve 4 hungry people or 6 with more modest appetites
A bit of finely grated parmesan or other cheese is nice, as is a sour-cream based sauce. You can just use straight sour cream, or you might enjoy a 50:50 mix of sour cream and tomato sauce. If you prefer to keep it vegan, cashew nut sour cream will also work well. Chopped avocado is also nice if available and affordable