Recipes: Dinner….Vegetarian Tacos

Taco shells were on sale the other week, so here is a recipe for vegetarian tacos that turned out delicious…

Cook+prep time: approx 35-40 minutes

Ingredients: 4-6 taco shells, taco seasoning (or could just use chilli powder), 1/2 onion, 1 package vegetarian ground (my favorite is Yves Meatless Ground!), cheese (I used cheddar & pepper jack) and then any taco fixings you’d like (tomato, lettuce, avocado, olives, etc).  Garnish with sour cream, salsa & guacamole.

Side dish: Spanish Rice mix, black beans (1/2 can) & 1/2 onion… I tend to “doctor” pretty much anything that comes in a box or jar!

Directions:

Start cooking the rice per the box instructions.

Warm about 1/2 a can of black beans & set aside, covered.

Chop & saute the onion in the taco seasoning.  Set 1/2 of the cooked onion aside for the rice.

Heat up the veggie ground with some taco seasoning (to taste) & add 1/2 the cooked onion.  Don’t fully cook the ground, just warm it up, as it’ll go in the oven later!

Grate some cheese- I used cheddar.

I also grated up some pepper jack.

Put a thin layer of the cheddar & pepper jack on the bottom of the taco shells.  Some people lightly toast the taco shells in the oven before adding the cheese + ground…totally up to you & how crispy you like your taco shells.

Add the veggie ground to the shells & pop in the oven for about 8 minutes (or until the cheese has melted) at 350.

While the tacos are cooking, chop up the taco fillers- avocado, lettuce, olives, etc.

Here is how my dad taught me to dice tomatoes as a kid…
First you cut the tomato into 4×3’s (see above) face-down.

 Here is another photo of the first step- cut it almost to the bottom, not quite all the way through…makes it easier to do step 2.  You can also cut half-way and then repeat.

Step 2 is to turn the tomato on it’s side and cut length-wise all the way down (holding the tomato w/your fingertips).

You’ll need to chop up the last little bit at the end, but there you have it- a diced tomato!

By now your tacos should be ready, so take them out of the oven & let cool for a couple minutes.

By now the rice should be ready, so add the other half of the onion to the rice.

Drain the black beans & add them to the rice.

Add the toppings to the tacos per your taste….

Enjoy!

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