Minimalist Baker Spicy Plantain Black Bean Tacos

Spicy Plantain Black Bean Tacos

Of course, it’s Minimalist Baker

Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican, Vegan
Serves: 4

Ingredients

PLANTAINS

Make sure your plantains are deep yellow with brown spots and tender to the touch. Otherwise, their flavor won’t be as developed and they can be chewy in texture.

  • 2 very ripe large plantains, peeled and cut on an angle into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp (18 g) coconut sugar (plus more to taste)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (plus more to taste) 1/8 tsp cayenne[/list]

BLACK BEANS

  • 1 15-ounce (425 g) can black beans (if unsalted, add more salt)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • pinch cayenne (or chili powder)[/list]

TACOS

  • 8-10 yellow or white corn tortillas or taco shells

FOR SERVING optional

  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and sliced
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • Hot sauce / salsa
  • Lime juice

Instructions

  1. Add black beans to a small saucepan over medium heat and add spices. Once it reaches a low boil, turn heat to low to keep warm, stirring occasionally.
  2. Peel and chop plantains and heat a large metal or cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add plantains to a mixing bowl and toss with spices.
  4. Once pan is hot, add coconut oil and plantains and spread into a single layer. Sauté on one side for 2-3 minutes, then flip and sauté on the other side for 2-3 minutes more. Turn down heat if browning too quickly. You’re going for a caramelized effect. Set aside.
  5. In the meantime, prep desired toppings and warm tortillas by wrapping in a damp cloth or paper towel and warming in the microwave for 20 seconds (or place tortillas directly on an oven rack for 1-2 minutes in a 350 degree F oven).
  6. To assemble, top tortillas with black beans, plantains and desired toppings. I preferred salsa, hot sauce, red onion, cilantro and jalapeño. Ripe avocado would also make a great addition.[/list]

Best when fresh. Serves 3-4 generously.


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