Vegetarian Tacos with Beans and Mexican Rice
- Cilantro-Lime Crema:
- ¼ cup plain Greek-style yogurt
- 2 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
- 1 lime, juiced and zested
- ½ cup salsa
- 1 can black beans, drained
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Mexican Rice:
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- ½ cup salsa
- 1 cup basmati rice, rinsed
- 2 cups hot vegetable stock
- Taco Filling:
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 1 jalapeño pepper, sliced thinly
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 12 taco-size tortillas
- For Cilantro-Lime Crema, stir yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, and lime zest together in a small bowl.
- For Beans, warm ½ cup salsa in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Gently mash the black beans into the salsa, leaving some whole for lots of texture. Cook the salsa and beans together until thick, about 20 minutes; season with salt and pepper.
- For Mexican Rice, heat 1 teaspoon vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat; add ½ cup salsa and stir until heated through, about 30 seconds. Stir the rice into the salsa to coat; cook until the rice is translucent, about 1 minute. Pour hot stock over the rice, stir, and cover pot with a tight-fitting lid. Reduce heat to low and simmer rice until tender, about 20 minutes; remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork.
- For Taco Filling, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. sauté onion in hot oil until fragrant and beginning to brown, 5 to 7 minutes.
- Stir in the bell peppers, jalapeño pepper, and oregano; season with salt and pepper. sauté until the peppers are tender and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Wrap tortillas in a clean cloth or paper towel; microwave for 10 seconds or until warm.
- Spread a layer of rice onto each tortilla; top with beans and the vegetable mixture. Serve with the Cilantro-Lime Crema.
Make it vegan by skipping the crema, or use a vegan sour cream substitute in place of the yogurt.
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Jen the Mighty says:
Using salsa to make the rice is awesome. As I was reading the recipe for the beans I thought "they forgot the bacon," which shows what kind of vegetarian I am. Even without the bacon, this is a winner! And the cilantro lime crema - YUM!