Wednesday 29 April 2015

Black Bean and Quinoa Tacos- Healthy Cinco de Mayo

 "Cinco de Mayo has come to represent a celebration of the contributions that Mexican Americans and all Hispanics have made to America."

Cinco de Mayo is nearly here and guess what? is bikini season!! YIKES!!! It seems there is always a celebration in the works to take you from your healthy goals.  Christmas, New Year, Valentines, St. Patricks day and let's not forget your sister's important birthday or some other event....what are we to do? Well, I have a healthy solution for you today. Black bean and quinoa tacos for Cinco de Mayo....and guess what they are easy, fast and oh so yummy!! I can hardly keep my mind off them, they are so good!

 Black Bean and quinoa tacos with cilantro crema

1 c. uncooked quinoa(I used red but, it doesn't mater)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 T. chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
2 c. cooked black beans
1 medium avocado, sliced
1 medium tomato, chopped
4-5 sprigs of cilantro
2 c. chopped field greens
16 small corn tortillas
2 limes

Use a wire mesh sieve to rinse the quinoa well(this removes the bitter taste). If you don't have a sieve, you can put the quinoa in a bowl with water, swish it around and carefully pour off the water. Repeat this process until the water runs clear.

Put the rinsed quinoa in a medium pot along with the minced garlic, salt, chili powder, cumin, oregano, smoked paprika and 1 1/2 cups of water. Stir to combine. Put a lid on the pot, turn the heat on to high and bring it to a boil. When it reaches the boiling point,turn the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn the heat off and let it sit for an additional 10 minutes. Do NOT lift lid!!

While the quinoa is cooking, chop the lettuce and roughly chop the cilantro. Rinse the black beans in a colander or sieve and allow the excess water to drain off.

When the quinoa has finished cooking, remove the lid and fluff with a fork. Add the drained black beans and stir to combine.

Lightly fry the tortillas in a skillet over medium heat until each side is just slightly golden, but still pliable.


 Place about ¼ cup of the quinoa/black bean mixture in the center of a tortilla. Add about 1/3 cup of the lettuce, one slice of avocado, a few chunks of tomato and a few sprigs of cilantro. Drizzle a little cilantro crema over the top9recipe follows), fold and eat!
Cilantro crema

16 ounces of reduced fat sour cream
1/4 c. fresh lime juice
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper

Mix first three ingredients together in a food processor until creamy and add salt and pepper to taste.

More ideas for your Cinco de Mayo celebration!

Go to this link for some great recipes for- Margaritas and Queso Fundido!

Go to this link for some great recipes for lobster tacos, chocolate flan or making homemade tortilla chips!

What ever you are doing on Cinco de Mayo, I hope you have fun!!


  1. You hit the taco on the head!! LOVE!! Thanks! Kris PS you look amazing~

  2. This sounds perfect for us. The crema sounds wonderful for a lot of things. Thanks for your continued posts, we really love your style. Jake and Elisa- Houston

  3. Making tonight! Love this healthy recipe.


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