October! Good grief, time is flying by. How is it already almost Halloween?!
As far as months go, I’m a pretty big fan of October. I like the cool but not-yet-too-cold weather, the earthy smell of fallen leaves mingled with smoke from fireplaces lit for the first time in months, and the fall harvest is still in full swing.
Fall harvest is about survival. So then it is the instinct to survive, I suppose, that drives me to obsessively stockpile the fruits of the fall harvest; even though I already have more apples than I know what to do with, even though there is hardly an inch of space to be had in my freezer. Ahh, fall harvest. I love it.
I get a little crazy around the fall harvest. Don’t get me wrong, I get a little crazy around the summer harvest as well, but summer harvest is fleeting, and fragile. Fall harvest brings hardier things like apples and winter squash, things that last, things that will get us through the winter.
I first posted this recipe for Pumpkin and Black Bean Taquitos back in 2011 (!) and I thought it deserved to be brought out front with some better photos. Never made taquitos before? Don’t let them intimidate you! These veggie-forward appetizers are easy to make, with ingredients you probably already have on hand: pumpkin purée, black beans, cheese, and a handful of spices.
These pumpkin and black bean taquitos come together quickly, and the rolling part isn’t all that fussy. When I first shared this recipe there was nary a corn tortilla to be found in Stockholm, but now they’re easy to find at my local grocery store. I think the corn tortillas lend a better flavour to the taquitos, but if you can’t find them, small wheat tortillas work just fine as well.
Depending on how thin you roll them you’ll likely end up with around two dozen pumpkin and black bean taquitos. I froze a tray of them unbaked and they have been handy and tasty snacks to pull from the freezer and throw in the oven at the end of a busy day. I think the black and orange colours of the black bean and pumpkin combo makes for a nice Halloween party snack as well, and I’m planning to make a whole bunch more for exactly that. I really hope you’ll give them a try.
Other fun pumpkin recipes you might enjoy:
Pumpkin and Black Bean Taquitos
Pumpkin and Black Bean Taquitos - oven baked vegetarian taquitos with pumpkin and black beans are healthy, delicious and easy to make.
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion finely diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 cups black beans
- 3/4 cup shredded cheese eg cheddar
- 24 small corn tortillas
Preheat your oven to 200°C / 400°F
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add onions, and sauté until they start to become a bit translucent.
Add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes more.
Add the spices, pumpkin puree, and black beans and stir to combine.
Remove from heat and add the shredded cheese.
Spoon about 2 Tbsp of pumpkin black bean mix onto the outer edge of one tortilla and roll up tightly. Place seam side down on a baking sheet.
Repeat until you've used up all of your filling.
Bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown on the outside.
Serve with salsa, plain yoghurt or another dip of your choice.
Taquitos can be rolled and frozen, unbaked, on a cookie sheet, then transferred into a ziploc bag for later. Simply cook from frozen and add 5-10 minutes to your cooking time.