One of my favorite ways to use black beans in place of ground meat is when I make tacos. I do not replace all the meat; I use one pound of ground beef or ground turkey and one can of black beans. Serves 4-6
Directions: Cook ground meat completely (165 degrees). Add in one can of rinsed black beans. Season with a taco seasoning packet or with homemade taco seasoning. Add ¼ cup of water and stir. Cook for 3-5 minutes until the beans are hot. Sometimes I add canned diced tomatoes with the meat and beans. Serve on whole grain tortillas. Top as you like, I enjoy shredded cheese, avocado, salsa or tomatoes and shredded lettuce. You could also serve the taco meat and beans over a salad for extra vegetables.
Megan Greevy, Registered Dietitian
Beans are counted in two of our food groups. They are both a protein food and a vegetable. They are packed with nutrition and recommended for everyone! To read more about beans and peas, visit: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/eathealthy/vegetables/vegetables-beans-and-peas
Beans are also a cost saver when swapping for more expensive protein foods like meat.
For more healthy eating on a budget ideas check out: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/eathealthy/budget
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