Kidney Bean and Quinoa Soft Tacos

There’s a new taco in town.

Ewwwww, why did I say that? I thought I would like the way it looked and read. But I just sounded like a total d-terd instead. Let me try this again.

Oh hey there, look at these super interesting, nutritious to the max and colorful tacos that are sure to please the whole family, AND MORE.

Why am I sucking at this? You know what, I think I’m intimidated by the majesticicity (shhhh) and the magnitudinalitory (shhhhhhhh) of these tacos that I have no idea how to even begin telling you about it. I might not have the words.

You’re like, OH THANK GOD.


WAIT. I found them.

You’re like, CRAP.

I was making this up on the fly, so let me give a quick word to the wise (which, okay. frankly that little phrase is dumb because it should be a word FROM the wise, right?, since I’m the one who experienced it and is sharing my newly found wisdom with those containing less of the wisdoms and then we both have all this new wisdom to party with. plus, it’s going to be way more than a worD. seriously do they even know me at all?) I only put 1 chipotle pepper in my puree, but go ahead and put two. It won’t punch your life into purgatory, swears.

And there’s my 23 words from the wise.

So what you do is puree half a can of kidney beans with the chipotle peppers, garlic, lime juice and cilantro. I added a teeny bit of olive oil to thin out my mixture, because the morning glory of my heart bloomed me in that direction.

And then you’ll mix it with little cooked red quinoa spirals, the rest of the whole kidney beans, and the little ghost that apparently hangs out at the rim of my saucepan. I guess I need to clean my lens or whatever.

Tuck that shiz into some warm soft tortillas with creamy avocado, crumbled, salty queso fresco, baby kale leaves and toasted pepitas for extra taste bud love.

Okay now taste that.


Yes, yes you may.

Kidney Bean and Quinoa Soft Tacos:

What it took for 6 tacos:

* 1 cup red quinoa (or whatever you have)
* 1 (14.5 oz) can dark kidney beans, drained and rinsed, and divided
* 2 chipotle peppers in a little of their adobo sauce (or more if you love the heat!)
* 2 cloves garlic, chopped
* 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
* 1 lime, halved
* 6 flour tortillas, warmed
* 2 cups baby kale leaves
* 1 avocado, diced
* 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco
* 1/3 cup toasted pepitas
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Cook the quinoa in boiling water until it pops into little spirals, about 15 minutes. Drain water and return to the pot.

In a food processor, combine half of the kidney beans, chipotle peppers, garlic, cilantro and the juice from half the lime. Blitz until smooth.

Stir the other half of the beans into the cooked quinoa. Then add the pureed bean mixture to the pot; stir to combine. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Taste it. I mean right?

Serve warmed tortillas with the bean/quinoa mixture evenly divided over them. Garnish with diced avocado, kale leaves, crumbled queso fresco and toasted pepitas. And the remaining lime juice! Spritz, spritz.

That’s right.

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25 Responses to Kidney Bean and Quinoa Soft Tacos

  1. Alyssa @ Queen of Quinoa September 27, 2012 at 8:20 am #
    Yum, yum, yum!!!! I LOVE quinoa and these look freaking awesome! I need to make them right now. Thanks for the delish recipe :)
  2. Aggie September 27, 2012 at 8:38 am #
    Yes!!! This is the taco I've been waiting for. I love it girl. Love it!!
  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks September 27, 2012 at 9:51 am #
    Bev these sound awesome! I bet the quinoa adds such a nice touch of texture!
  4. claire @ the realistic nutritionist September 27, 2012 at 10:49 am #
    KEEENWAHHHH. in tacos. You slay me, Bev.
  5. Julia {The Roasted Root} September 27, 2012 at 10:51 am #
    I like the new taco in town! ;) These tacos are a great change up to the beefy tacos we make. I'm a big meat eater, but sometimes it's nice to just have a nutritious veggie dish. Lookin lovely, I'd eat the new taco in town any day of the week! ;)
  6. Staci September 27, 2012 at 10:55 am #
    I seriously LOVE your blog! I have made quite a few things and have printed quite a few more and ready to make them. I have my own blog..very small....very very small...maybe 10 views a day haha! but I love making your recipes. :)
  7. Angela @ AnotherBitePlease September 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm #
    This use of quinoa looks like the perfect way and that fact that I super duper heart Mexican food....
  8. Sarah | The Cyclist's Wife September 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm #
    Bev, you're funny. Seriously.
  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm #
    I want this taco for every meal! AWESOME!
  10. Rachel Cooks September 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm #
    These look awesome! I wonder if I could convince Ben that these have meat in them...
  11. Katie @ Blonde Ambition September 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm #
    I am all about this. Tacos are my homeboy, and beans and quinoa are my jam.
  12. Heather @ Heather's Dish September 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm #
    i'll take 52 please
  13. Katie September 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm #
    Send those puppies right over here to Colorado. Like now.
  14. Katy Morgan September 27, 2012 at 7:35 pm #
    How do you make cooking so funny? "...and the little ghost that apparently hangs out at the rim of my saucepan." Boom. That's how. Now if you could just make it fun, we'd be in business. Or my family would eat.
  15. Angie@Angie's Recipes September 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm #
    These soft tacos are so good with quinoa filling.
  16. Cookie and Kate October 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm #
    A genius recipe if I ever did see one.
  17. Emily: October 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm #
    These look really good! I just pinned this recipe and plan to make it soon, thanks!
  18. Jamie October 22, 2012 at 4:52 am #
    I made these last night and they were amazing! The only problem with them was that they were so good I couldn't stop eating them.
  19. PirateJessica June 13, 2014 at 1:47 pm #
    These are my most favourite veggie tacos I've ever made, and I've made my fair share! They're so hearty and filling AND they taste amazing.
  20. COmpMajor June 19, 2015 at 11:29 am #
    The complete phrase is "A word to the wise is sufficient." It means "a quick hint or brief explanation is enough to convey the idea to those wise enough to pick up the meaning." So it's not a dumb phrase at all - you just have to be wise enough to understand it, and know how to use it. :D


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