nutritional information


  • Calories: 366
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Total Fat: 13.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 48 g
  • Cholesterol: 7 mg
  • Sodium: 807 mg
  • Fiber: 9 g
  • Sugar: 4 g

Pinto Bean Tacos

Pinto Bean Tacos

Serves 6

30 minutes or fewer

Soy chorizo sausage is a favorite among VT staffers because it adds spice and texture without a processed "fake meat" flavor. Queso fresco is a crumbly, mild Mexican cheese. Look for it near the refrigerated salsas or next to Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.
  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 1 Tbs. canola oil
  • 1 small red onion, divided: half of onion diced, half sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
  • 4 oz. soy chorizo sausage, such as Soyrizo
  • 1 10-oz. can diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 2 15-oz. cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small avocado, sliced
  • ⅓ cup crumbled queso fresco or grated Cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Wrap tortillas in foil, and place in oven to warm.

2. Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add diced onion, and sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute more. Crumble soy sausage into pan, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in diced tomatoes, and bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Stir in beans, and cook 2 minutes more, or until beans are warmed through.

3. To assemble tacos: Fill tortillas with 3 Tbs. bean mixture. Top with sliced onions, avocado, cheese, and cilantro. Serve with salsa and hot sauce, if desired.

October 2007

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Of course you can also skip the soy and just add the seasoning too:

Anne S - 2014-08-09 14:49:36

I have been receivng your magazine for years.

rita koczan - 2013-07-04 00:23:15

Good without fake meat.

Doob - 2013-05-26 21:47:16

I used a bit more Soyrizo, and instead of canned tomatoes I used a fresh hot salsa. It added a little bit more spice and flavor. These are delicious!!

Bridgette - 2012-08-18 02:25:05

Turn the oven on just to heat tortillas? Tortillas are yummiest when heated on the stove--use a cast iron or non-stick pan. Turn them a couple of times until they are a little firm. They'll hold the contents of the taco better, too!

Megan - 2012-05-04 01:34:57

We usually only use one can of beans - 2010-01-27 08:31:59