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Easy Avocado And Black Bean Taquitos

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Who needs tacos when can you have taquitos?

I’m KIDDING (sorry, that was a really bad joke). We all need tacos, always. BUT these avocado black bean taquitos are the perfect addition to your cooking rotation any day of the week.

This recipe is super simple and includes 5 main ingredients (black beans, corn tortillas, avocado, lemon & Thrive Algae Oil ), a few spices, and a couple of optional extras (guac + salsa) if you’re in the mood.

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The thing I like most about algae oil is that it contains the highest level of healthy monounsaturated fat — about 90% — and the lowest level of saturated fats of all cooking oils. According to the American Heart Association, monounsaturated fats can help reduce LDL cholesterol levels in your blood which can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. I also chose this oil for frying my taquitos because of its high smoke point (up to 485°F degrees – thanks to those heat-stable monounsaturated fats!), which means it doesn’t burn at high temperatures. This makes it great for all kinds of cooking like stir-frying, searing, roasting, and sautéing, and even baking and making salad dressings.

This recipe also highlights black beans. As a dietitian, I love beans because they are one of the world’s best sources of fiber. A half-cup serving of black beans, in particular, is packed with almost 10 grams of fiber, which is more than 30% of our daily needs (note: at a minimum, women should try to eat 28 grams of fiber per day while men should aim for 35 grams). Fiber is great at supporting the body’s natural detoxification process, helping to strengthen the colon and keeping you regular in the process.

If you want a quick dinner that will be delicious, easy, full of healthy fats AND fiber, then this is for you.

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Before getting started, make sure to preheat your oven to 425 degrees F to get things warmed up. We’ll start by mashing black beans and avocado in two separate bowls. Mix the cumin and chili powder into black bean mash. Next, spread tortillas out on a baking sheet. Bake until hot for two minutes, then transfer to a plate and cover. This makes them softer and easier to roll into the taquito shape without breaking (alternatively, you can heat the tortillas in the microwave for 1 minute).

Now here comes the fun part. Add an inch-wide line of avocado and black beans across the diameter of each tortilla, then roll up into a tightly wrapped cigar shape. Repeat for the remaining tortillas. Once you’re done, heat ¼ cup of Thrive Algae oil on high heat, and then place taquitos in the frying pan, folded side down. Fry for about 45 seconds and then flip over with tongs and fry for an additional 45 seconds. Remove the taquitos from the frying pan and place them on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.

To make the optional salsa, simply add all ingredients (tomato, shallot, lime juice, garlic, cilantro) into a food processor and pulse a few times until chopped but chunky. If you don’t have a food processor handy, no worries, you can chop manually and mix.

Enjoy taquitos with salsa and/or guacamole!

   

Easy Avocado and Black Bean Taquitos
Servings: 2
Ingredients
Taquitos
  • 1/4 cup Thrive Culinary Algae Oil
  • 1 cup cooked Black Beans
  • 1 avocado
  • 6 small corn tortillas
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
Optional Salsa Recipe
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 shallot
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Before getting started, make sure to preheat your oven to 425 degrees F to get things warmed up. We’ll start by mashing black beans and avocado in two separate bowls. Mix the cumin and chili powder into black bean mash. Next, spread tortillas out on a baking sheet. Bake until hot for two minutes, then transfer to a plate and cover. This makes them softer and easier to roll into the taquito shape without breaking (alternatively, you can heat the tortillas in the microwave for 1 minute).

  2. Now here comes the fun part. Add an inch-wide line of avocado and black beans across the diameter of each tortilla, then roll up into a tightly wrapped cigar shape. Repeat for the remaining tortillas. Once you’re done, heat ¼ cup of Thrive Algae oil on high heat, and then place taquitos in the frying pan, folded side down. Fry for about 45 seconds and then flip over with tongs and fry for an additional 45 seconds. Remove the taquitos from the frying pan and place them on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.

  3. To make the optional salsa, simply add all ingredients (tomato, shallot, lime juice, garlic, cilantro) into a food processor and pulse a few times until chopped but chunky. If you don’t have a food processor handy, no worries, you can chop manually and mix.

  4. Enjoy taquitos with salsa and/or guacamole!

 

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