My almost 4 month old daughter Lucy has had a few growth spurts recently and it has left me feeling a tad weak, extra hungry AND thirsty. In an effort to stretch a dollar without sacrificing nutrient density, I put this recipe together and it was surprisingly tasty, filling and rich. We cook almost all of our meals at home for many reasons, the most important being: QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. This doesn't mean we eat perfectly or avoid junk food entirely, but we do navigate how we purchase and grow food a top priority around here. Also, we still leave room for some junk.
This recipe is pretty straightforward and I almost always have all of these ingredients on hand. It makes about 3 cups of filling. You could freeze any you don't use right away or keep in the fridge for several days. Below are the ingredients I used. Feel free to modify!
Tasty Taco Filling
1 cup dried Pinto Beans
4 cups Filtered Water
3 tsp. Taco Seasoning (see below)
1 cup of Raw Walnut Pieces
1 fifteen oz. can Tomatoes and Green Chiles
Salt to taste
Cook the first two ingredients in a pressure cooker. Select Manual for 20 minutes. Once finished do a quick release of pressure. Pulse the walnuts and taco seasoning in a food processor until the size of ground beef. Drain the beans and add to a saucepan with the remaining ingredients. Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Once everything has come to the desired temperature, place filling inside a taco shell or atop tortilla chips for a plate of nachos. Enjoy!
I appreciate a penny saved and making seasonings like this from scratch not only does just that, but it leaves out fillers and preservatives that wreak havoc on the body. Again, I buy seasonings in bulk so if these amounts are too big or small for your household, go ahead and cut in half or double the recommended amounts.
3 Tbs Chili Powder
3/4 tsp Garlic Powder
3/4 tsp Toasted Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Cayenne
3/4 tsp dried Oregano
1.5 tsp Smoked Paprika
5 tsp Ground Cumin
3 tsp Salt
Whisk everything in a bowl and add to a glass jar or storage container.