Vegetarian Tacos

I loved Tacos the first time I ate them here at my cousin's house. I never got to asking her how to make them, but always wanted to make them at home. So I got the whole "Taco making kit" :-) from the store and made them as said in the recipe. They were really good, but I wanted them to be softer when you bite. So then I tried it using flour tortillas and the results wree just as I wanted them to be.

It was a big hit with my daughters too. So I make them pretty regularly these days.


Preparation Time: 10-15 min
Cooking Time: 10-15 min
Serves: 3 (makes 6 Tacos)


1 can red Kidney beans - I boil 1-2 cups kidney beans at home
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 green/red pepper/capsicum, de-seeded and chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, de-seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp jeera / cumin seeds
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp dhaniya / coriander powder
salt to taste
2 tblsp oil
6 medium corn tortillas / Taco shells
4-5 tblsp of your favorite salsa

Taco Toppings
shreded cheddar cheese
shredded lettuce
fresh cilantro, chopped
black olives
sour cream


  1. If using regular red kidney beans, soak for 4-5 hours, boil till cooked and drain water.
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  3. Heat oil in a pan. Add jeera and let it crackle. Saute onions till transluscent.
  4. Add red chilli and dhaniya powder. Fry for 30 sec. Add garlic, peppers and salt and let it cook. When its almost done, add tomato and cooked beans. This is the Taco filling.
  5. When you are ready to eat, heat a griddle.
  6. Spray oil on a tortilla and place it on the hot griddle. Let it cook lightly on one side - about 30-40 sec. Flip it over and cook the other side till you can see small bubbles forming. Now sprinkle a little cheese in one half. Put 2-3 tblsp of Taco bean filling on top of the cheese. Top it with 1 tblsp salsa. If you like sprinkle a little more cheese on top of this. Cover this with the other half of the tortilla. Cook both sides till slightly crisp and brown. Top it with your choice of toppings like lettuce, cheese, olives, sour cream etc and serve hot.
  7. If using Taco Shells, fill each shell as above and bake at 300 F for 5-6 min. This makes them slightly soft so that they don't break with your first bite.

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