And then he asked for my phone and climbed the ladder to the odd-looking train car adjacent.
And he took a picture of what he saw there–the wild and beautiful evidence of kids decorating their own secret world, making their mark, claiming their space.
I’ve made black bean mince before, but I’d never used it in tacos. It makes so much sense! It’s almost like refried beans, but with more substance and texture and flavor. I added sage, oregano, cumin and smoked paprika, which made it very tasty. We ate it with basmati rice, warm tortillas, shredded lettuce, and grated sharp cheddar. It would be nice with avocado, salsa, cilantro, hot sauce…anything you like on a taco. It would also be good baked inside of enchiladas or burritos. Very easy, very quick, very cheap. I made mine with eggs, to give it more crumbly texture, but you could leave them out if you’re vegan and it will still taste good.
Here’s KRS One with Out for Fame.
Black bean mince
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 clove garlic
lots of olive oil
1 t smoked paprika
1 t cumin
1 t sage
1 t oregano
1 t red pepper flakes
2 T tomato paste
1/2 t. marmite
1 T tamari
2 slices of bread, processed into coarse bread crumbs
1 can chopped tomatoes (preferably fire-roasted)
Warm a tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the shallots, garlic, herbs, tomato paste, tamari, and marmite. Cook until the shallots and garlic start to brown and then add the beans. Mix well and heat through.
Put the beans in a blender or food processor and process until they’re roughly ground. You don’t want it too pasty.
In a bowl, add the bread and egg, and mix well.
Warm a few tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan, and add the black bean mixture. Now you’re going to cook it sort of like you’re making scrambled eggs. Let it brown on the bottom, and then scrape it up and mix that in, then let some more brown. When the pan dries out, add some of the tomatoes. You might need to add more olive oil as you go along. It might take about ten minutes, but you want something that’s got lots of crispy bits and looks like ground meat (I know, that’s sort of weird, but it really does taste good!)
Warm tortillas, shredded lettuce, grated cheese, basmati rice, salsa, hot sauce, avocado, diced tomatoes…or whatever you like!