Thursday, March 05, 2009

Butternut Squash Tacos

I had this recipe bookmarked from Digginfood for awhile now and wish that I have made it earlier. It is one of the best new recipes that I have tried in a long time. It takes a little time and effort. I will use pre-cut squash from Trader Joe's to cut down on time in the future (and I don't think it will increase my expense either).  

Butternut Squash Tacos with Spicy Black Beans

1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
½ cup white onion, chopped

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 ½ teaspoons cumin

1 ½ teaspoons coriander

2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups tomatoes, skinned, seeded and chopped (or 1 15-ounce can fire roasted, diced tomatoes)

2 15-ounce cans black beans

2 jalapenos
12 small corn tortillas
½ cup crumbled cojita cheese (or feta)
Lime wedges

Cook jalapenos until the skins are charred. (Either broil or on a hot skillet.) Set aside.
In a large bowl, toss squash and onions together with 2 Tablespoons olive oil. Add cumin, coriander, 2 teaspoons of the chili powder, and a teaspoon salt. Toss until well coated. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the edges of the squash and onions begin to brown. Rotate the pan(s) and stir halfway through cooking.

Meanwhile, peel, stem and seed the chilies before chopping them finely. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook for a minute before adding the tomatoes. Allow the tomatoes and garlic to simmer for five to ten minutes, or until the tomatoes reduce. Mix in 1 Tablespoon of the chili powder, chilies, and (undrained) beans. 
Cook the beans over medium heat for 15 minutes. 

To assemble the tacos, add a few spoonfuls of strained beans onto a warm tortilla. Add a layer of the squash mixture. Top with crumbled cheese and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. (I actually added the lime juice to the beans.)