Black Bean and Baked Plantain Tacos with Avocado

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Black Bean & Roasted Plantain Tacos with Avocados

I think it has been far too long since I’ve posted a taco recipe on here, so I’ve decided to fix that today!  Because, even though it isn’t Tuesday, we still all need tacos in our lives!

Everyone has that go-to easy dinner that they always seem to have ingredients on hand for and it is what they make when they are out of ideas or maybe just out of time.  I wish I could say that as a food blogger I make elaborate and creative recipes for every meal I eat, but unfortunately that is not the case.

Just like everyone else, I have days when I just have no energy left to make dinner so I stop by the Chipotle that is conveniently located a block from our house.  Or days when I’m so hungry but I can’t think of anything to make, even though we have a refrigerator and pantry full of food.  Just the other day my husband asked if I could make something for a work potluck he was going to and I literally couldn’t think of a single thing I wanted to make.  My only advice was to pick up a package of cookies on his way to work.

Sorry for the tangent!  But, my point is that when I don’t know what to make for dinner I can pretty much always count on tacos.  I always make sure to keep the pantry stocked with a variety of beans and lots of corn tortillas.  If I’m lucky I also have some limes, cilantro, and salsa on hand.

When making tacos, I usually just open up a can of black beans and spoon them right in, but I decided to do something a little more special with these tacos.  I made my own re-fried beans by smashing up some black beans, onion, garlic and spices.  They were so good and you don’t have to worry about all the little black beans falling out the back of the taco!

Have a great weekend and eat lots of tacos :)

Black Bean and Baked Plantain Tacos with Avocado
 
Recipe type: Entree, Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 8
Ingredients
Baked Plantains:
  • 2 medium sized ripe plantains
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • large pinch of salt
Black Beans:
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Salt
Tacos:
  • Corn tortillas
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Limes
  • Salsa or Tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Peel the plantains and slice them into ½ inch pieces. Place plantains on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and season with a generous pinch of salt. Bake plantains until golden brown, flipping once, about 20 minutes.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add olive oil. Add the chopped onion and a pinch of salt and cook for two minutes. Next add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add the black beans, all the spices, a pinch of salt, and stir until mixed together. Using a potato masher, slightly mash most of the black beans, leaving a small portion of them whole. Add the water and stir again until combined.
  3. To assemble the tacos spread a small amount of black beans down, add a few slices of avocado and baked plantains. Top with cilantro, tomatoes, and lime juice, if desired. Recipe makes about 8 tacos.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I’ve never cooked with plantains, but your tacos have me wanting to get out and find some! I totally get it…. bloggers cook SO much.. and although we love it, it’s nice to have a break ! I find when I go out to eat, inspiration kicks in. I always try to get something new. Tacos, yes, I get it. Easy, delicious and fast! And girl, I always have black beans, tortillas and salsa on hand… not so much the cilantro, but that’s changing because the cilantro is growin in the garden!! YaY !! Instant fiesta!

    • She Likes Food says

      It is definitely nice to have a break sometimes! I get so much inspiration from going out to eat too! That is my excuse that we need to go out to eat more often, haha! That is exciting about your garden! I’ve tried to grow cilantro before without any luck, but I hope yours grown up big and tall! At least it isn’t too expensive to buy at the store though!

  2. says

    Izzy, plantain is huge in Brazil. We love it and we eat all the time. It’s bad that in Canada it is not very easy to find. I guess I can find if I go to ChinaTown neighbourhood. This recipe brings me good memories from Brazil. Thanks for sharing 😉

    • She Likes Food says

      Oh no, I’m so sorry you can’t find it very easily in Canada! I hope that you can find some soon so you can enjoy these tacos :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks Marcie!! I haven’t cooked with plantains very often but I love eating plantain chips so for some reason it just made sense to put them in a taco, haha!

  3. says

    You make all the best tacos!! Every time I see plantain recipes I am dying to try cooking with them, but I always chicken out when I’m at the store. I have a fear I’m going to totally ruin them LOL! But I do really need to try, because I love eating them at restaurants!!

  4. says

    These tacos look like the perfect weeknight meal! I’ve never baked plantains before. They look delicious in your tacos!

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