Friday, 12 April 2013

Black Bean Taquitos

It's been a long week here in Kale Eats kitchen. The details are boring, so I will spare you those.  Just know this weekend is being welcomed a little more than usual.  We have few plans and I'm keen to curl up with a great book.  I've not been in the kitchen as much lately and our meals have been a little more laid back.  Taquitos are a little like Mexican egg rolls and super easy to pull together. 
The first time we had taquitos was only a few short months ago.  I suspected they would be a hit with the family and they didn't disappoint.  They weren't soggy, so Don was covered.  Fell into the Mexican category, so Luke should be happy.  And they were dipped in avocado, one of Josilin's favourite ingredients.  Trust me, anytime all 3 of them are happy eating, it's worth celebrating.
Although often deep fried, this version is sprayed lightly with olive oil before baking.  I use this kitchen spritzer for the job.  The dipping sauce we enjoy most can be found here.  These make a great appetizer for a group or for supper with a side salad.  They can be assembled ahead of time, making them a great party food.

Black Bean Taquitos

1 pkg corn tortillas (about 20)
2 cups black beans
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Mexican oregano
1/2 jalapeno, minced
1 can green chiles
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup queso fresco cheese
olive oil

Preheat oven to 400degrees.  Spray and baking pan with olive oil and reserve.
In a large bowl combine beans, spices, jalapeno, chiles and carrots. 
Place corn tortillas on a plate and cover with a wet cloth or wet paper towel.  Microwave 30 seconds.
Remove one tortilla at a time and fill with a scant 1/4 cup of filling.  Add about 1 Tbsp of cheese and then roll up and place on oiled baking sheet.  Repeat with each tortilla, keeping the stack covered.  If they become too cool and less pliable, re-warm in microwave for 10seconds.
Once all are on baking sheet, spray all with a light covering of olive oil and place in oven.  Bake 10min and flip over, and then bake 10min more.  Enjoy!

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