Friday, April 24, 2009


Tofu and pinto bean tacos (recipe in the comments from January 21, 2008, updates in the comments)

Hot tea
This is a recipe we've only made once before and we made a ton of changes to the original recipe after we tried the first version. Trying it with our substitutions, we now have another set of changes to propose. The changes shouldn't imply in any way that we don't like this, as both of us are really enthused. I think we're just trying to perfect the concept. M wants to try this with no beans and just focus on the seasoned tofu, which does turn out pretty amazing. The key it to season well and then cook it until it's pretty dry to make a good taco filling. Fruit is perfect with this, but a cole slaw of some sort would be good as well.

Prep Notes
Difficulty: Easy
Chopping: Scallions, olives, tomatoes, mango
Time: 30 minutes
Make ahead: The filling could easily be re-heated.

J: "Tofu was made for tacos."
M: "Totally worth another shot."

1 comment:

J said...

Tofu and Pinto Bean Tacos – M & J (inspired by Whole Foods)
Serves 4

1 container extra firm tofu, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 green onions, minced
1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
1 2 oz. can sliced black olives
12 flour or corn tortillas, heated
3 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar and/or Monterey Jack cheese
Salsa verde

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, use a fork to mash tofu with chili powder, oregano, cumin, coriander and salt.

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a wide skillet. Add garlic and two of the minced green onions and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add seasoned tofu and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the moisture has evaporated, 10 to 12 minutes. Add beans (if using), olives, and remaining green onion to the pan. Stir to combine with tofu and cook until beans are heated through, about 2 minutes longer. Taste and adjust seasoning – you may want to add a small amount of salsa to the pan.

Serve tofu-bean mixture in tortillas. Top with tomato, cheese, and salsa as desired.