Sunday, May 31, 2009

Tipsy Soft Tacos

While the official start of summer is a few weeks away, I feel like it's already here after making our first batch of pico de gallo. We could eat this fresh salsa by the bucket. Its tangy flavor contrasts deliciously with the beer-soaked black beans in these tacos. Some toasted pepitas add an almost buttery flavor as well as a little crunch. Diced avocado lends a creamy note. These fillings would work well in burritos or atop tostadas too.

Tipsy Soft Tacos
Serves 4

1 large tomato, diced
1 large onion, diced
1 large jalapeno, seeded and minced
juice from 1/2 lime
small handful cilantro, chopped
kosher salt
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle
freshly ground black pepper
12 ounce beer
2 15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 avocado, diced
8 corn tortillas

Make the pico de gallo by placing the tomato, 1/4 of the onion, 1/4 of the jalapeno, lime juice, cilantro, and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Stir and set aside. Stir occasionally while you prepare the beans.

Prepare the beans by heating oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add remaining onion and jalapeno. Saute for about 3 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, cumin, chipotle, and salt and pepper to taste. Saute for about 30 seconds. Add beer and black beans. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium or medium low and simmer for about 20 minutes. Use a potato masher or the back of a spoon to partially mash the beans so they thicken but remain chunky.

Toast the pepitas in a skillet over medium low heat until they become fragrant. Set aside. Heat the tortillas. Prepare each serving by topping tortillas with beans, pico de gallo, avocado, and pepitas.


  1. beer soaked black beans? wow that must be so good...i will definitely have to try out that recipe asap!!!

  2. wow, how fantastic! beer-soaked beans and pumpkin seeds. yum!

  3. That looks so delicious! I love beans and beer, they're the perfect combo.

  4. This is such a creative idea - I love it!

    Beer definitely makes everything better!

  5. Mmmmm, I want such a taco right now! I think you put all my favourite ingredients in there and the way you described pico de gallo made me drool.

  6. Mmmmm, beer beans! Great idea.

  7. tipsy tacos - lovin that idea. i need to cook more things in beer!!

  8. pico de gallo is one of my absolute favorites, Lisa! your beer soaked black beans sound rock’n – and i can’t wait to make these soft tacos! mmmmmmmmmm! i love the name, too! totally made me giggle! yay! beer = the best!

  9. Mmmmmm Lisa - what a great Taco recipe. It looks and reads amazingly. I think these guys are worth the trek out again for some tortilla shells! You are an amazing cook!

  10. Should really call them "Twice-Soaked" as you soaked them in beer while cooking and I soaked them with more beer while eating.


  11. I was just explaining tacos to my students the other is indeed almost summer and tacos & beer sound perfect!

  12. Yum! Love the toasted pepitas on top!

  13. These look fabulous! Pepitas are such a great idea.

  14. I really love cooking with beer! This is definitely something I can get my omni hubby to eat - so thanks!

  15. You seem to be on a Mexican vegan cooking spree! Yum! I love it!

  16. I made these this weekend and it was really delicious. Actually I just made the beer beans and toasted the pepitas, but we had fantastic burritos with this recipe - thank you!

  17. Just to let you know - Vegancowgirl gave a little heads up that there is a website, that is stealing blogs. They have your whole post up as their own!! AWFUL!

  18. Made these last night - so delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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