I was intrigued by Mario Batali making tacos for breakfast on The Chew a few weeks back during his food stamp budget challenge. I decided this was something I needed to try in order to bring more variety to breakfast. I tried to find the original recipe for you readers, but The Chew’s recipe search isn’t always the brightest tool on the site.
I was in love from day one. I seriously kicked myself for not thinking of this before. The tacos have so much versatility that you can top it with whatever you want once you have the black bean mix on the tortillas. You can also use lettuce leaves instead of corn tortillas to make this grain-free. Want to use another type of bean? Go for it! Hate mushrooms? Leave them out! Want cheese? Add it! Can’t have eggs? Use more beans and mushrooms!
I initially made it the way I’m giving you. But I played around with it and used things like leftover coleslaw as the vegetable topping. I have to say, the coleslaw gave it a nice crunch and a bit of an acidic bite that was refreshing for the morning hours. It was a vinegar based coleslaw that Chaz made for dinner one night, but my Lemony Slaw would work, too.
Without further ado…
Black Bean Breakfast Tacos – makes 3-4 tacos
grapeseed oil or your choice of oil
3-4 corn tortillas (use lettuce leaves for a grain-free option)
1/4 cup cooked black beans (I cooked 1 cup of dried beans ahead of time and had them in the fridge ready to measure out throughout the week)
1 mushroom, diced (or sliced and torn into small bites)
2 tablespoons diced onion
1 egg, scrambled (omit for vegan option)
1/8 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cumin
healthy pinch cayenne pepper
salt, to taste
1/2 avocado, diced
1/2 tomato, diced
fresh cilantro for garnish
(or instead of avocado and tomato, use any combination of veggies you want)
Heat 2 large pans over medium heat. Add oil to one pan, enough to coat the bottom well. In the other pan, add the tortillas and toast lightly (or to your preference on each side). Remove from the pan when done and lay out on a plate. Add the onions and mushroom once the oil is warm. Allow the onions and mushrooms to carmelize and then add the beans and the chili powder, cumin, and cayenne. Stir well. Add the scrambled egg and then salt. Keep stirring to get the eggs cooked through. Once the eggs are done, divide among the tortillas. If you are not using eggs, just cook the mixture until the beans are warmed through. Top with your choice of vegetables and serve with a side of fruit.