Borlotti bean and chili tacos

Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Author Leilah Isaac

Borlotti bean and chili tacos
Ingredients (makes eight tacos)


1 can of borlotti/cranberry beans (400g)

Frozen sweetcorn (100g)

2 or 3 green Jalapeño peppers-chopped (50g)

1 tsp olive oil (5 g)

2 red onions - chopped

2 garlic cloves - chopped

1/4 lime

1 red bell pepper-chopped

1 tsp paprika (5 g)

1 tsp oregano (5 g)

2 Tbsp Tomato paste (30g)

1/2 tsp dried chili flakes (optional)


Romain lettuce-chopped (75g) 1 cup

1 Ripe avocado-chopped

1/4 Lime

1/2 Red onion-chopped (60g)

Low-fat grated cheddar 3/4 cup (75g)

8 Taco shells (hard or soft) OR 8 Romain lettuce leaves


1) Finely chop the two red onions and fresh garlic. Heat the oil in a pan and cook the onions and garlic on a low heat for five minutes.

2) Chop the red pepper and jalapeños and add these to the pan, cook for a further five minutes together with the paprika, oregano, tomato paste, lime juice, and season with salt and pepper.

3) Thoroughly rinse the borlotti beans and place into a medium saucepan along with the frozen sweetcorn and 1/4 cup (60ml) of water. Simmer and stir occasionally for 15-20 minutes.

4) While cooking, prepare the topping. Chop the 1/2 red onion and avocado and combine with a dash of lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.

5) After the 15-20 minutes, combine the borlotti beans and sweetcorn with the first pan containing the onions, garlic, peppers and jalapeños. This is the complete taco filling.

6) Spoon the filling into a taco shell or lettuce leaf, and top with the avocado and onion mix.

7) Sprinkle with chopped romaine lettuce and cheddar cheese before serving.

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