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A New Family Favorite: Meatless Monday meets Taco Tuesday


Cooking for my family and trying out new recipes are two of the things I love most. However, when you have three little ones, new recipes don’t always go over seamlessly. Can anyone else relate!? While I am all for old family favorites, when you find a new recipe that is deemed worthy to add to the “family favorite” rotation, especially by your toddlers, it is worth sharing! How did I know it was worthy? My 4 year old exclaimed, “These are the BEST tacos you have ever made!” They have since requested them several times.


This recipe is SO easy, full of flavor and can be so versatile to meet the needs of whom you are feeding. Think Meatless Monday meets Taco Tuesday!

As a side note, meatless meals, when based off of plant based proteins and other veggies, can increase the fiber intake and overall nutrient composition of meals that may not be the norm for day-to-day intake. This is a win for the whole family!

Black Eyed Pea Tacos


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 1-2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cans black-eyed peas*
  • 1 can corn
  • ¼ cup salsa of choice
  • Seasonings to taste: pepper, salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cumin
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 12 taco shells**
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 cups chopped romaine or spinach
  • Sliced avocado
  • Garnish options: salsa, sour cream, etc.



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally until it starts to brown, about 5 minutes. While this is cooking, dice the tomato, drain and rinse the beans and corn.

Once the onion has slightly browned, add in tomato and sauté for a few minutes more. Add beans, corn, cilantro, and salsa. Heat through.

Bake taco shells according to box instructions. 

Assemble tacos and enjoy!

*You can use any bean as an alternative. Black beans, pinto beans, etc.

**If you prefer soft tacos, go for it! Corn and/or flour/whole wheat tortillas can be used. I will say the crispy shells add great flavor and crunch!


Additional side note: this is a great QUICK meatless meal option for a busy weeknight. However, I have used this recipe to feed large groups of people and have added lean ground beef or chicken into the bean/corn mixture and it was delicious!!


This recipe is adapted from The 6 O’Clock Scramble by Aviva Goldfarb. If you are looking for quick, healthy meals for your family, be sure and check out her cookbooks as well as meal planning subscriptions. You won’t be disappointed!


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