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07 Nov, 2014

Tacos. Why do they have to be so meaty all the time?

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

Awhile back I had an hamburger-related epiphany. I asked myself, self, do you like hamburgers or not? I decided I liked sharing a great dinner with friends and family. And I liked the act of eating a burger: something hot and delicious that doesn’t need a knife and fork. I liked the toppings too. But when I REALLY thought about it, I realized I didn’t love the beef patty part of this scenario. So if I was just in it for the routine and preferred the taste of a veggie patty, why not just eat that instead?

This epiphany also applies to lasagna, chilli, and now tacos. I tried a fish taco for the first time not too long ago, and was a total convert. Now I’m moving on to vegetarian soft taco options. Here’s one I tried the other day:

November 6 #dailylunches - black bean & sweet potato tacos

These were pretty good, but you know what was missing? CILANTRO. I will not make these again without it. Otherwise I have to say that this combination of sweet potato, black beans, and jalapeños is a real winner. (I riffed on this recipe, in case you’re wondering!)

What about you? What’s your favourite taco?

3 Responses to "Tacos. Why do they have to be so meaty all the time?"

1 | Lisa

November 12th, 2014 at 7:52 am


Your vegetarian soft taco looks amazing – yum! I have a must try bean burger – these patties are amazing even my kids loved them. Wrapped in a tortilla with some toppings they are really good and yes cilantro is a must on this as well!


2 | Jen_nifer

November 12th, 2014 at 5:55 pm


Tacos must be in a hard shell for me. If I’m having a soft shell I might as well go full out and eat a fajita or enchilada.

3 | 21-day vegetarian challenge: day one >> a peek inside the fishbowl

June 8th, 2015 at 11:37 am


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