Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Black Bean Taco Salad (Frugal Food Thursday)

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Here's a dinner I make when time is short, but we want to eat healthy - Black Bean Taco Salad!

There's not much to it.  Saute onions and sweet peppers, add some canned chilies and black beans, and throw in some spices.  Serve it over a tossed salad with tortilla strips and shredded cheese.  If you have it, some sour cream is great on the salad, too!

I serve them in large bowls that were originally from a set of pasta bowls.  I don't think I've ever served pasta in them - instead, I use them for meal-sized salads like this one!

If that's not enough of a how-to, here's an actual recipe:


1 head lettuce, chopped
2 ribs celery, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
16 grape tomatoes, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 bell peppers or 8 mini sweet peppers, seeded and chopped
1 4-oz can mild chilies, undrained
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
4 8" flour tortillas
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese

In a large bowl, mix the lettuce, celery, carrots, and tomatoes.  Toss well.  Divide into four soup or pasta bowls.  Set aside.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Saute the onion for 2-3 minutes.  Add the pepper and continue to saute for another 2-3 minutes.  Add the chilies, drained black beans, and spices.  Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

While the beans simmer, cut each tortilla in half with a pizza cutter, then lay two halves together and cut the halves into 1/4" strips.  Spread the tortilla strips on top of the salads.

Put 1/4 of the bean mixture on top of each salad.  Top the salads with 1 oz of the shredded cheddar cheese.

Makes 4 meal-sized salads.

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Amila Wickramarachchi June 26, 2013 at 11:30 PM  

Taco salad looks delicious...
Thanks for hosting this link up...Have a Great Day!

Nancy W June 27, 2013 at 5:53 AM  

Thank you so much for hosting another great party! I wanted to let you know I'm doing a WonderMill Grain Mill giveaway, in case you were interested! On The Home Front

Stacy Makes Cents June 27, 2013 at 8:01 AM  

You know, I have never thought to put carrots in my taco salad...but I will now!
Thanks for hosting. :-)

Catherine June 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM  

Thank you for hosting. This is my first time participating. Your taco salad looks fun and delicious. Have beautiful day. Blessings, Catherine

Mareli Lim-Evora Dabi June 27, 2013 at 6:46 PM  

Thank you for hosting and sharing.I brought my fusion Sweet and Sour.Have a great weekend.

The Tumbleweed Contessa June 27, 2013 at 11:46 PM  

Taco salad is one of my favorite go to dinners. I'll have to try your version soon. Thanks for the party. I brought some 4th of July cupcakes this week. Best wishes for tasty dishes!

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