Sunday, March 15, 2009

St. Patrick's Day dinner

And you expected to see something like corned beef and cabbage or Irish beef stew and soda bread.  Nope!

Being a Washington state native, I still make time to read the Seattle Times online every morning .  Last week they featured a recipe for black bean tacos with feta and cabbage slaw. I was intrigued by both the picture and the flavor combination, so we'll be trying it on St. Patrick's Day.  Hey, at least there's cabbage in it ;)  

There will be a couple of modifications because I can't find the ingredients here.
coleslaw mix= me chopping cabbage and carrots
lime juice= me juicing a whole lime
fresh cilantro = dried cilantro

It sounds really easy to make and hopefully it will taste great too.  

15- ounce can black beans, drained
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 white or yellow corn tortillas
1 tablespoon lime juice
5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 cups coleslaw mix
2 scallions, chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Ground black pepper, to taste
Hot sauce, to taste
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

In a small bowl, combine the beans, cumin, and salt.  Use a fork to partially mash.  Divide the mixture between the tortillas, spreading it evenly over 1 side of each.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the lime juice and 2 teaspoons of the olive oil.  Add the coleslaw mix, scallions and cilantro, then toss well.  Season with pepper and hot sauce. Set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the remaining 3 teaspoons of olive oil.  Add the tortillas in a single layer, bean side up, in batches if necessary, and cook for 1 minute.

Fold the tacos in half, then cook for about another minute per side, or until golden brown.

Fill each taco with a quarter of coleslaw mixture and  the feta cheese.  If desired, drizzle with additional hot sauce.

-recipe featured in the Seattle Times, adapted from the February issue of Bon Appetit 


  1. This looks and sounds interesting.

  2. You probably know this by now, but fresh cilantro is called coriander and you can find everywhere!

  3. Yes, thanks! I actually bought some this summer for the herb garden and it is doing remarkably well.