What’s Cooking… Turkey Tacos with Black Beans

I got the recipe below from Food Network Magazine.  It was a great Sunday night dinner with enough for Monday lunch leftover.

In the magazine the recipe is for Pork Tacos with Black Beans, I substituted ground turkey.  If you want to be consistent with the magazine just substitute ground pork every time I list ground turkey.

Let me just give you advance notice, the dish taste a lot better than it photographs!


2 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 15-oz. can of black beans (do not drain)

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese  (I used 2% cheese)

1 pound ground turkey

1 small red onion, chopped

1 teaspoon ground cumin

/12 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Kosher salt (I left this step out as I do not cook with salt)

1 bell pepper (any color)

1 zucchini, quartered and cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Fresh ground black pepper

Corn tortillas, warmed

1.  Heat 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add half of the garlic and cook, stirring until golden, about 1 minute.  Add the beans and bring to a simmer.  Remove from the heat, sprinkle with cheese and cover to keep warm.

2.  Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the turkey, remaining garlic, half of the onion, the cumin, cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon of salt (again, I do not use salt.) Cook, stirring until the turkey is browned, about 5 minutes; transfer to a bowl using a slotted spoon.  Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in the skillet.  (I left the juices from the turkey and vegetables in as well.) Add the bell pepper, zucchini and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.  Return the turkey to the skillet; add a splash of water, and salt and pepper to taste.

3.  Fill the tortillas with the pork and vegetable mixtures.  Serve with the beans.  Sprinkle with chopped onion.

This was an easy recipe that from start to plating took less than 30 minutes.  Perfect for a Sunday evening dinner and when I warmed up the left overs in the microwave at work everyone was raving about how good it smelled.

Thanks Food Network for another amazing recipe!  I will add this to my regulars list.

(Again, photo does not do this dish justice!)

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Short Notes ~ 6.26.13

Today was a historic day for America!  The United States Supreme Court ruled that DOMA was unconstitutional and did not issue an opinion on Prop 8, which in effect allows same-sex marriage in California.  Read about it here, here, here, here,  here and here.

Life’s Playlist

Posted from my Facebook page earlier today…..

Watched Paula Deen this morning on the Today Show.  She is 100% right, if ANYONE on this earth has not said something they shouldn’t have, let them be the one to step up and throw the first stone.  Until then, how about we all start showing a bit of compassion.  This world would be a much better place if we were not always trying to play “gotcha” with each other. 

 I have no doubt Paula Deen has done a lot more good in this world than bad and that should count for something, not just the mistakes of her past.

And now I step down off my soap-box.

Words to Live By

BIG BROTHER Season 15 begins tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Short Notes ~ 5.23.13

Because Dolly Said So

This 80-year-old just climbed Mt. Everest while I sat on the sofa watching The Food Network.

Shake It!

And so it begins… UGH!

Ten Optical Illusions to Blow Your Mind


Ok, here is a question…  what happens to the gay kid who turns 18 just before he becomes an Eagle Scout?


Shells – Singer Island Beach, 5.23.13