A couple weeks ago I shared my Homemade Taco Seasoning, and today I’m sharing one of my favorite recipe using that seasoning: Tacos with black beans and quinoa!
I live with five hungry boys, and this recipe was born from a desire to cook a healthy dinner that wasn’t massively expensive. We buy organic, grassfed beef from a local farmer, and while it’s fantastic and I love it, it’s definitely not cheap. I also try to limit the amount of meat we consume, and have found that adding beans to a recipe is an easy, inexpensive way to bulk it up. On a whim I decided to mix some quinoa in as well, and I really loved how it turned out. The quinoa does a great job of mimicking the ground beef, so I’m able to get a much larger portion without adding a second pound of beef, and I honestly don’t think my kids even have a clue there’s quinoa in it.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 cup (dry) quinoa, cooked per instruction on package
- 2 15oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1.5 Tablespoons homemade taco seasoning (or 2 packets store bought seasoning)
- Brown ground beef in a large skillet and drain excess fat.
- Add cooked quinoa, black beans and taco seasoning.
- Add water (I add 1/2 cup to 1 cup. It doesn’t have to be exact), set heat to med-high and and cook for just a few minutes, stirring frequently. Decrease heat to med-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for at least 20 minutes or up to 45 minutes. The longer you let it hang out the more the flavors come together.
- Add more water a little at a time as needed if it becomes too thick.
- I sometimes add a small diced onion when browning the meat.
- You can use two store bought taco seasoning packets in place of the homemade seasoning.
My kids like to eat this wrapped in soft taco shells, but I usually just eat it in a bowl topped with onion, tomato and avocado. Enjoy!
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