Butternut, Black Bean & Goat Cheese Tacos

Butternut, Black Bean & Goat Cheese Tacos

The taco — is there anything greater? Aside from avocado on everything and the invention of Sriracha, I think not. Good thing those two items pair incredibly well inside a tortilla.

You don’t need to be an Iron Chef to create a mind-blowing taco. What you do need: quality, warm tortillas, beans, cumin, garlic and/or onion (preferably both) and salsa. Bonus points if you’ve got a ripe avocado, unless making the recipe you see here. From there, the rest is really up to you — sautéed veggies, cheese, herbs, coriander, other forms of protein, etc.

It’s not rocket science. Yet there’s nothing greater! Except avocado. And maybe Sriracha. Which are both beside the point…

Butternut, Black Bean & Goat Cheese Tacos

…Let’s get to the point. It was a long week. Which means I’m bringing you a recipe that anyone can make. I don’t care if you pronounce “milk” like “melk”. I don’t care if you’re Einstein. You can make this recipe, no matter how smart you are or where your skill level of cooking lays. You can make this after a really long day of work (if you can wait the 40 minutes of oven time). YOU can make this. Did I mention you can make this even if you insist on pronouncing “milk” as “melk”?

Yeah. It’s been a long week. But aside from all that nonsense written above, trust in me that these tacos are awesome. And not just because they’re tacos. Rather because buttery winter squash roasts so well with caramelized onions, and thrown together with goat cheese and cilantro, I’d have to say they’re hard to beat — especially given how easy they come together. Not even by avocado, which I didn’t bother to add to this. Why? Because these tacos don’t even need it. Although, as I said, nothing’s greater than avocado on everything, so if you’re heart’s set on it, go ahead and throw a few cubes of avo. in here too.

Oh…and I don’t think you’re dumb if you say “melk”. I have a few friends who insist on it, no matter how many times I correct them. I have faith that they too can make this recipe.

Butternut, Black Bean & Goat Cheese Tacos

Serving Size: Makes 4-5 tacos

Ingredients

  • -1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • -1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
  • -5 large cloves garlic, quartered
  • -1 tsp. cumin
  • -1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • -1/2 (15 oz) can black beans
  • -3 oz. goat cheese
  • -Olive oil
  • -4 (10-inch) whole wheat tortillas
  • -Salt and pepper, to taste
  • -1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • -Salsa, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 400F. Line baking pan with aluminum foil. Toss butternut squash, garlic and red onion with oil, cumin, paprika and salt and pepper, to taste. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until squash is fork tender, stirring halfway.
  2. Wrap tortillas and heat in oven, about 5 minutes.
  3. Then, spoon squash into each tortilla. Divide goat cheese and cilantro on top. Add salsa, if using. Serve.

Notes

If you have a large butternut squash, go ahead and roast it up. What's the worst that could happen, leftover tacos? Just be sure to add some extra spices, and pick up a few more tortillas. A larger onion would be good, too. Or eat the extra as is.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    frugalfeeding
    February 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Beautiful, simple and delicious – looking great!

  • Reply
    dishing up the dirt
    February 24, 2014 at 11:44 am

    This is my kind of meal girl!!

  • Reply
    Emily
    March 5, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    These were so delicious! Thank you for sharing. The only thing I did differently was used a store bought seasoning that had paprika, cumin, and other spices. It cut back on the cost of individually buying the paprika and cumin since I do not use either often.

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