Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Taco Tuesday

Not sure when Taco Tuesday started in our house, but it is easily one of my favorite nights of the week. It's the one night a week we don't have to discuss what we are having, we usually just discuss the how. Tacos in our house take on many different personalities. We are not confined to the 1 lb of ground beef and sodium infested seasoning packet thrown inside of hard corn shells and sprinkled with lettuce, cheese, and sour cream. Perhaps the word "taco" should be redefined, anything we roll inside a tortilla and squeeze lime on is considered a taco. Dave made this vegetarian version last week, and wow, if every vegetarian meal tasted like this, I would have no problem giving up meat!

1 Extra-large Sweet Potato
1 Onion
2 Bell Peppers or 1 bell, 1 Anaheim
3 Cloves Garlic
2 Tbps. Olive oil
2 Cups Corn (frozen or canned)
1 Can Black Beans
1 Tsp. Chili Powder
1 Tsp. Cumin
Salt, Pepper
Whole Wheat Tortillas
Lime, Green Onion, Cilantro, Salsa, Cheese (whatever toppings you love, these are just my favorites)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and cut extra-large sweet potato into steak-fry size (about 3 inches long, and 1/2 inch wide). Lay potato pieces out on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix up the potatoes and oil till evenly coated. Spread the pieces out for cooking. Place into oven and cook till tender (about 15-20 minutes).

While the potatoes are in the oven, chop garlic, and cut onions and peppers into nice long strips. Heat 2 tbsps. olive oil in a skillet on med-high heat. Add onions and garlic, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Keep on med-high till some nice carmelization occurs. Toss in the peppers and cook till everything is nice and soft. Add the 1 can of black beans, chili powder, cumin, and corn. Mix and turn heat down to medium. Cook until corn is heated all the way through. The onion/pepper/bean/corn mixture should be done right around the same time as your sweet potato, maybe a little bit longer.

To assemble: take a warmed whole wheat tortilla, lay 2 pieces of sweet potato in the center, spoon on some of the bean/veggie/corn mix, sprinkle with lime, and top with your favorite toppings. To eat it, you can either fold the tortilla in half, or roll it like a burrito.

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