Monday, November 21, 2011

Classic Bean Tacos

One of my dad's signature dishes was tacos.  We had taco night about once a month or so, and he was always in charge of it.  This version of the taco was the first one I made when I stopped eating meat, and I use all the traditional toppings that we used at home.  It hits the spot and the heart.

Classic Bean Tacos


At least one 29oz. can vegetarian refried beans
Canola oil
20 or more corn tortillas
Hot sauce
3 green onions, sliced
Romaine lettuce, chopped
Tomatoes, diced
At least one medium can of sliced black olives
1 pkg. Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet cheese, cheddar style, finely shredded


Heat the refried beans in a medium pot until warmed through.  Heat one teaspoon of the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.  When hot, add one tortilla.  When it starts to change shape or bubble (just in ten seconds or so), flip over.  Add a large spoonful of beans down one side of the tortilla.  Fold the other side over the beans.  Place on a paper towel lined cookie sheet.  Follow suit with at least one more tortilla before adding a bit more oil to the pan.  Finish with the remaining tortillas and beans.  Have the toppings ready at the table.  I like to add the hot sauce and ketchup on the beans, so they stay put, instead of falling to the plate.  Have fun, enjoy the food, eat to your heart's content.  Feeds five hungry vegans.


  1. I haven't had a classic taco like that in so, so long. Those corn tortillas look really great. What brand do you use?

  2. FF, gotta have tacos! These tacos were handmade and sold at Trader Joe's. I forget the name of it, although I think it was simply Handmade Corn Tortillas, or something like that. You can actually see the imprint of the fingers that made them on the tortillas. Pretty cool.

  3. I think my husband and I used to have tacos about once a week — with the crispy pre-shaped taco shells. Now I prefer the soft tortillas — usually filled unconventionally with whatever seems good at the moment! (Or is leftover.)

  4. Andrea, having leftovers in tacos is an interesting concept. My brain is astir with the possibilities.

  5. Your tacos look so good. We've been hooked on tostadas lately. I think tacos would be good for a change. I bet you think of your dad every time you make tacos. That's neat that he was always in charge of them. :o)

  6. Lisa, me too!

    Michelle, tostadas are pretty darn close to tacos, yum. I think of my dad most times when I make them. Makes me smile.

  7. foodfeud's comment kind of shocked me. i don't know if i've ever in my life went a week without a taco of some sort. if i don't have traditional toppings, i put whatever i've got inside. i haven't been buying Vegan Gourmet, though, and i forgot how awesome it is all grated like that.

  8. A 29oz can of Refried Beans?! Good thing everyone is home schooled after that meal.