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Homemade Bean Soft Tacos (All From Scratch!) #meatlessmonday

Homemade Bean Soft Tacos (All From Scratch!) | YUM eatingmmmmm I love Mexican food. I blame it on growing up in the south where good Mexican food is on every street corner. The other day I was craving tacos. Only problem was I didn’t have any taco shells. I wasn’t worried too much about ground meat of some kind because I had some leftover beans that I could easily turn into refried beans. 

I started rummaging through the cabinets to take a mental inventory of my ingredients. I have 2 bags of cornmeal that I use when I make cornbread. I love making cornbread from scratch so, what was stopping me from trying to make some soft corn tacos? That is right, nothing!

So, I started scoping out Pinterest because that is what I always do when I am in need of some inspiration. I found a few recipes I was interested in, but I was missing ingredients from all the recipes I looked at. So, I roamed back into my kitchen and started pulling out ingredients.

I started to make the batter. I felt like I was making pancakes.

Homemade Bean Soft Tacos (All From Scratch!) | YUM eating

And honestly, that is sort of what these are like. But, this was my first time making them and I was actually thrilled to death to make something new from scratch. I texted Mr. Yum the photos and he was like “are those homemade taco shells?” Why yes, yes they are.

I ended up using this recipe from Yummy Healthy Easy. Only I didn’t have regular corn meal. I had self-rising; which is why mine had a bit more of a pancake feel to them.

I think the next time I make them I am going to make them on a griddle so that there is more room for them to spread out and be a little thinner. Since I was not sure what I was doing, I was just using a regular skillet pan. I am still really happy with my soft shell tacos.

For the beans I had soaked some dry pinto beans overnight. The next morning I rinsed them and then I cooked them in a pressure cooker on low, 3-4 hours. I put the amount I wanted to use for these tacos in a frying pan, added some salt and some butter. I froze the rest.

Then I used a potato masher to smash them up.

Homemade Bean Soft Tacos (All From Scratch!) | YUM eating

I topped them with a 2% Mexican cheese blend.

They don’t look like the prettiest things in the world, but I really enjoyed how they tasted and was thrilled that I was able to create something out of the ingredients I had here at home. These are sugar-free. Meat free. And it really didn’t take much more time than making pancakes and eggs!

Homemade Bean Soft Tacos (All From Scratch!) | YUM eating


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  1. We don’t go meatless on Mondays necessarily, but I Like that these are a little bit healthier for me. I will have to try them.

  2. I never thought of making my own refried beans, but you make it look so easy, I may have to give it a try!

    I’ve been meaning to learn how to make flour tortillas, too. My kids love those, and making them would be so much cheaper than buying them. YUM!

  3. These look like a quick and delicious recipe to make. I will have to try it this weekend. I am sure my family will love it. I try to make a meatless meal a few times a week.

  4. Yum! Thay looks so good. Yes! I made homemade sloppy Joe’s and i couldn’t believe how amazing they tasted with out a can of anything! My kids thought they were even better than the actual sloppy Joe’s! I was so proud!

  5. These look delicious. I never thought about my own tortillas, but these look pretty good. The beans look yummy too. What a great meatless Monday recipe!

  6. I’m not a big fan of meatless meals (probably because I don’t know of too many). I would definitely try this recipe though. Great job on the taco shells!

  7. If they are pancake-like, that means I can eat them for breakfast too! I love it when things turn out even better than I expected. These look so good.

  8. With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, these are going to be eaten up by the dozen. I love Mexican food also, and know I’ll be craving these regularly.

  9. We’re having tacos for dinner tonight. I always make mine meatless (everything I eat is meatless, lol) but the rest of the family doesn’t like them that way. Crazy, Right??? Yours look good here!

  10. When I was younger I remember my mom making refried beans from the leftover pinto beans and how much I loved them. We love tacos here, but I had never tried a fish taco before 3 years ago… I really just didn’t like the idea of it, but now it’s one of my favorite foods! 🙂

  11. I always try to plan one meatless meal a week, but I always seem to get stuck on salads. This is a great alternative! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

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