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Pinta Bean and Butternut Tacos with Fresh Green Salsa


Roasted butternut squash with cooked seasoned pinta beans, stuffed into the warmed tocos, sprink some crumbled feta cheese on top, a perfect side dish or vegetarian main dish.













Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, High Fiber


For the green salsa:
8 ounces tomatillos
3 cloves garlic
unpeeled, or more to taste
1 jalapeño pepper
or more to taste
cup white onion
½ avocados
ripe, diced
¼ cup cilantro
freshly chopped
¼ teaspoon salt
or more to taste
black pepper
freshlu ground, to taste
For the tacos:
4 cups butternut squash
diced and peeled, about 1/2 inch
4 hot red chiles
dried, small or less, more to taste
2 cloves garlic
unpeeled, smashed and left whole
1 tablespoon olive oil, extra-virgin
¾ teaspoon oregano
dried, preferably Mexican, divided
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
toasted, ground
2 cups pinto beans
cooked and drained
½ teaspoon chili powder
black pepper
freshly ground to taste
8 corn tortillas (6-inch)
¾ cup cilantro
¾ cup cabbage
finely shredded, red or green


To prepare green salsa:

Bring a pot of water to a boil.

Remove husks from tomatillos and rinse well.

Cook the tomatillos in the boiling water until soft, 6 to 8 minutes.

Drain and set aside.

Toast garlic cloves, jalapeño and onion in a dry medium skillet over medium heat, turning occasionally, until browned, fragrant and soft, 5 to 8 minutes.

When cool enough to handle, peel the garlic.

Remove the jalapeño stem and remove seeds if desired.

Combine the tomatillos, garlic, jalapeño, onion and avocado in a food processor.

Process until smooth.

Stir in cilantro leaves, salt and pepper.

Set aside for topping the tacos.

If you can't find the tomatillos, you can always buy the prepared green salsa, mix in some fresh avocado, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh garlic and jalapeno pepper.

To prepare corn tacos:

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Put squash in a medium bowl, using kitchen shears, finely snip all chiles to taste into small pieces into the bowl.

Add garlic, oil, ½ teaspoon oregano, ¼ teaspoon salt and whole cumin seeds; toss to coat.

Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer.

Bake until soft and beginning to brown, 20 minutes.

Peel and finely chop the garlic when cool enough to handle; stir into the squash.

Meanwhile, combine beans in a small saucepan with the remaining ¼ teaspoon oregano and ¼ teaspoon salt, ground cumin, chili powder and pepper.

Heat over medium low heat for about 8 minutes.

Warm tortillas one at a time in a dry large cast-iron skillet over medium heat until soft and pliable.

Wrap them in a clean towel to keep warm as you go.

Spoon ¼ cup of the warm beans into each tortilla; divide the roasted squash evenly among the tacos and top each with cilantro, cabbage, ½ cup of the salsa and cheese.

(Refrigerate the remaining ½ cup salsa for up to 2 days.)


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 219g (7.7 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 20535% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 807mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 9%
Dietary Fiber 9g 34%
Sugars g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 26%
Calcium 9% Iron 15%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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