My brother Nathan ran an Ironman yesterday. That’s a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, followed by a 26.2 mile run. 140.6 miles total. It took him nearly 14 hours to finish. Fourteen hours. Remember last week when I was having trouble putting on my mascara after my morning jog? My brother and his friends used to tell me in high school that I was adopted. I’m starting to believe it.

I’m really proud of him. Throughout the day hundreds of people dropped out of the race, but Nate pushed through.

The next morning we ate breakfast at a European restaurant. It was a quaint little place that served Swedish Crepes and Hungarian Goulash. Nathan had some calories to catch up on so he ordered two meals, entering into yet another race, but this time against his own metabolism (he lost this one). A couple seats over, my mom was crying over the menu. Actual tears. (Some heartwarming European immigrant stories had been sprinkled among the meal descriptions. She never had a chance.) I was trying to convince my dad that the sauce for his Aebelskivers had some sort of alcohol in it because it tasted like Blackberry Nyquil. (I was right. It was Blackberry Brandy Sauce.) Meanwhile Charlotte was wiping her nose with her pancake. She’s had a cold this week and I guess she thought the pancake would be absorbent? Never mind the smears of maple syrup and whipped cream all over her face.

Baked Black Bean Taquitos. I was a little dubious about this recipe at first. The best part of a taquito is of course the juicy meat that is fried to a crisp on the edges. So what’s a taquito without that essential filling? But I was surprised and delighted with this meatless version. I tried it out because I needed dinner on the table quick, and this looked easy. It had quite a lot of flavor to it, and I must say they were better than some traditional taquitos I’ve had. The fact that they are baked and not fried is awesome for two reasons: It’s healthier and faster. And I didn’t even have to sacrifice my favorite taquito-quality: even baked, you still get that delicious crispy bite on each end.

Baked Black Bean Taquitos

Source: The Curvy Carrot

Makes 8-10 taquitos

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup fresh salsa
Juice from one small lime
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons onion, chopped
15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
15-ounce can refried beans
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
8-10 large flour tortillas
Sea salt
For garnish: sour cream, salsa, avocado, etc.*

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, salsa, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, garlic, onion, both kinds of beans, and cheese, mixing until well combined.

Place about 2-3 tablespoons of the bean mixture in the center of each tortilla and, starting at one end, roll each taquito up tightly. Place taquitos seam-side down onto the rimmed baking sheet.

Generously spray the taquitos with cooking spray. You may want to lift the taquitos and spray the underside as well. Lightly sprinkle with sea salt. Bake the taquitos for 15-20 minutes.  Serve with sour cream and salsa, if desired.*

*For a dipping sauce, I combined sour cream, plain Greek yogurt, salsa, lime juice and chopped cilantro. Use whatever proportions look good to you.

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  1. These are really good! I’ve made them a few different times now. I like adding some frozen corn to the mix. 

    Thank you for the good recipe!

  2. Tried these taquitos last night, and they were a huge hit! We ate almost the whole pan (between only three of us!). My son loved them, and has requested that I make them often. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I’m so glad you guys loved these Trisha! My family has been known to down an entire batch of these as well. I love them because I almost always have the ingredients on hand for a oh-crap-I-forgot-to-plan-dinner-and-it’s-already-5:30 night. Haha! Thanks for commenting Trisha!

  3. i didn’t so much weep as beam, cindy! it was a fun time – we’d have loved it if you were there!

  4. I miss your family. I wish I could have been there to watch Janice weeping, Char wiping, Nathan eating, and Eric telling some hilarious story all at the same time.

  5. Yum! I look forward to trying this out.

    Also, congrats to your brother! I ran my first 10K on Sunday and was thrilled to finish. I can’t even imagine 14 hours of IronMan! Hard core! :)

  6. I usually only contemplate that kind of physical activity in the context of, “What might I be capable of doing if I had to save my children from lions/Nazis/a Miley Cyrus concert?” I hope we never have to find out.

  7. Kudos to Nate! I can barely walk down the stairs every morning after my workout! (yes, I really am working out EVERY morning. Ha!) When Eric ran the half-marathon I thought he was nuts. I’m not sure what to think about a person that subjects his body to this much torture. I’m like you, bunkers down. I ponder why . . . .

    The taquitos look great Karen. Like all your food. I hope Char is feeling better. Pancakes could make good kleenexes (sp?) if you are desperate.

  8. I can’t even fathom that much physical activity. At all. Both of my sisters run and do yoga and I just sit on a comfy chair and ponder why.
    This recipe looks great- I am always on the lookout for a good black bean recipe.

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