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    • Meatless Irish Tacos (Crockpot)

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    •  5/13/2014 6:24:16 PM
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      Whole Food Mommies IRISH TACOS


      Oh- this recipe makes me so HAPPY!  Maybe it's because I created it all by myself...

      or maybe it's because it's a super easy crockpot recipe (I am always looking for these!)...

      or maybe it's because it freezes AWESOME and I can make a batch and add 4 additional dinners to my freezer for later use?

      It's probably the combination of all 3 of these PLUS it tastes SO GOOD! 


      IRISH TACOS

       

      Ingredients

      2  15 oz. cans of Black Beans (I love using the S&W Brand Cuban Recipe- adds tons of flavor!)

      8 Medium sized Potatoes (sweet potatoes also work) diced small (using a good knife, this takes 5 minutes)

      1 carrot, chopped

      2 celery stalks, chopped

      1/2 red onion, chopped

      4 cloves of garlic, minced

      1 green bell pepper, chopped

      1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)

      1/2 cup dry lentils

      1 28 oz can of tomatoes (stewed or plain, I love to use 1 jar of my homemade canned stewed tomatoes, recipe found here)

      1 tsp chili powder

      2 TBS ground cumin

      1/2 tsp oregano

      1/2 tsp ground pepper

      3 TBS Red Wine Vinegar

      2 tsp salt

       

       

      Directions

      1.  Throw everything into your crockpot/slow cooker and mix well.  Set your crockpot on HIGH and let cook for 5 hours (a little more or a little less- check to make sure the potatoes are cooked, but not mushy).

      2.  Once the mixture is cooked, it will be very chunky.   I use a hand immersion blender* and blend the mixture for a few seconds until half of it has blended and the other half is still chunky.  Perfect texture for Irish Tacos! *You can also use a blender or food processor by transferring half the mixture over and then back in...but a hand blender makes for so much less mess!

       

       

      Serve over corn tortillas with lettuce, romaine, salsa or pico, and it goes perfectly with avocados!

       


      Optional Recipe Idea that saves a few hours:

      Instead of cooking the potatoes in the crockpot, you can bake them in the oven!  Add a half of diced onion and less than 1 tablespoon oil- mix to coat.  Then place on a baking sheet and cook at 425 for 25 minutes, or until browned.

      Without the potatoes, your crockpot mixture only takes 2 and a half hours to cook the lentils.  And my family loves the texture of the potatoes when I cook it this way. 

       

       

      Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

      much love, {m}


      p.s.

      Don't forget!  You can freeze this for later use!  To thaw, either place in your refrigerator for a few hours or place in warm water in a saucepan over medium heat until it begins to warm.  Then remove from bag and warm in another saucepan over medium heat until hot and bubbly :)

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