October 29, 2014

Turkey and Black Bean Taco Bowls

Turkey and Black Bean Taco Bowls

These hearty taco bowls use one of my favorite old-time money-saving tricks: stretching the ground meat. This is something that grandmothers did regularly back in the day, often adding a little bit of bread crumbs, or some oats to make the meat go a little further. Think of all of the meatloaves, casseroles and stews that came out of the necessity to make the meat stretch a little farther.
In these taco bowls, I used ground turkey (you could also use beef, chicken, or even ground pork), and stretched it into 8 generous servings with the addition of some inexpensive black beans. With their mild, slightly-sweet flavor, black beans are a perfect match for tacos (plus they contain lots of protein and fiber). You can use canned black beans, or cook some dried black beans ahead of time to use in this recipe. 

For toppings, just use whatever you and your family like. My family likes a classic taco with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and some salsa, but you can add so many other things to customize these taco bowls - brown rice, avocado, black olives, or pickled jalapenos would be delicious. 

The taco bowls in this recipe are just flour tortillas baked into the shape of a bowl. Easy, frugal and so tasty!

Recipe
8 servings

Ingredients

8 flour tortillas (medium-sized, homemade or store-bought)
Cooking oil spray
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (15-ounce) cans of black beans, drained and rinsed (or 3 cups homemade beans)
1/4 cup taco seasoning*
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
1 1/4 cups water
toppings of your choice

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Spray the inside of 8 oven-safe bowls with oil, and press each tortilla into it, forming a bowl. Also lightly spray the inside of each tortilla. Place the bowls on a baking sheet, and bake for 12-15 minutes, until the tortillas are lightly browned and crispy. 

3. In a large skillet, heat the oil, then brown the turkey, 1/2 of the diced onion, and the minced garlic. Drain any fat from the skillet. 

4. Add the beans, taco seasoning, paprika, and water to the skillet. Allow the turkey and bean filling to simmer for a couple of minutes, until everything is heated through. 

5. Fill each bowl with the filling, and top with whatever toppings you like. 

*If you don't already have taco seasoning, you can make your own instead of buying it. Here is a good recipe: Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Shared at: Buns In My Oven - What's Cookin' Wednesday

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