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Three Cooks One Kitchen: Cinco de Mayo + Mexican Potato and Bean Taco Recipe

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

While I am less than thrilled about the fact that it is Monday, I cannot help but be a little bit happier than I am on the average Monday since today is the kind of day where you can literally consume as many tacos, enchiladas, nachos, chips and salsa, and margaritas as you want… and not have to feel guilty about it.  That sounds like a win-win to me!

I am extra lucky in that I was able to celebrate all things Mexican food and drink-related twice over the past week.  Erin, Joanna, and I got together a few days ago to create a delicious recipe for you, cook, drink, eat, and just all around have way too much fun together.  Oh wait, that is really not possible.  I never ever have too much fun with those girls.  Nope, just a whole ‘lotta fun.

I have to admit that we were not just getting together for those reasons alone.  Instead, we came to party and to kick off a new monthly feature that we will be bringing your way starting today.  It is a little something that we like to call:

three cooks one kitchen bannerAs if you could not figure it out from the name, we will be blogging monthly about our experiences with recipe creation, prepping, cooking, and eating some downright delicious food and drinks.  And we hope to document and share it with you along the way.  Sounds fun, right?  Because honestly, what could be more fun than putting three bloggers/cooks in one kitchen and seeing us do all of the things that food and lifestyle bloggers do- but with a lot more talking, laughing, and goofiness involved?

When the three of us began working on a “theme” for our first get-together, we knew that nothing we be more fitting than a Cinco de Mayo-themed dinner.  I created a taco recipe and we whipped up a batch of green Mexican juice.  Oh, and did I mention that we had a lot of fun together?  Yes.  A lot of fun.

Cinco de Mayo groupAfter we decided on a juice recipe and developed a general idea for what we wanted to create for dinner, we got to work on prepping the ingredients.

Cinco de Mayo HannahMost of time when I am creating a recipe I will go against my type-A/planner personality and will just wing it.  That is what I set out to do with our Mexican-seasoned potatoes.

Cinco de Mayo food prepWhile I was chopping and seasoning the potatoes, Joanna and Erin went to work on prepping the ingredients for our Mexican-Style Jugo Juice (which we realized is essentially titled “juice juice”) and the taco toppings.

Cinco de Mayo Erin HannahErin does not like spicy food nearly as much as I do, so I made her scope out the potatoes as I prepped them to ensure that they did not look or smell too spicy.

Cinco de Mayo garlicRandom side note: Erin’s husband, Josh, taught me a trick for easily removing the peel from fresh garlic.  Place the cloves into a large bowl, cover it with a smaller bowl, and shake the bowls as hard as you can for about 30 seconds.  After getting an arm workout in, you will also be able to very easily peel the cloves of garlic.

Cinco de Mayo potatoes collageI’d say they turned out pretty darn good.  Do I get your approval, Erin and Joanna?  But more on these babies later…

Now it is juicing time!

Cinco de Mayo jugo juiceCilantro, apple slices, cucumbers, a poblano pepper, and a lime all went into the juicer.  To say we were a little leery about the combination would be an understatement.  But none of us consider ourselves to be experts when it comes to juicing, so we went with it.

Cinco de Mayo jugo juice3We juiced.  And yes, it does take three people to make juice.  This is complicated stuff, folks.

Cinco de Mayo jugo juice8Apparently it is quite amazing, as well, by the looks of my face.  Yyyeahhh… who knows.

Cinco de Mayo jugo juice5But we did it!  We made a gorgeous green Mexican-style juice.

Cinco de Mayo jugo juice4By the time the fruits and veggies were juiced, the potatoes were just about ready.  Of course, we passed the remaining roasting time by chit-chatting about anything and everything- mostly blogging-related, of course!  If you are a blogger and have ever gotten together with other bloggers, you know exactly what I am referring to.  We never run out of things to talk about!

Cinco de Mayo tacosOnce the potatoes were finished, we compiled our tacos and sat down to enjoy our mini Cinco de Mayo celebration meal…

Cinco de Mayo bloggers…but not before taking pictures, of course.

Cinco de Mayo tacos4We all agreed that the tacos were delicious, but that the juice was definitely not our favorite.  I think Joanna described it as “earthy,” which is pretty spot on.  The cilantro was a bit too overpowering for us, so we decided that if we made it again we would cut down on the cilantro and add additional apples and limes.  I also thought it would have tasted better blended with ice.  Apparently we are not “green juice kind of people,” or at least not the kind that involves cilantro and peppers.

Cinco de Mayo potatoes3Despite the juice fail, we all agreed that the tacos were delicious.  We each ate two a piece, of which we inevitably stuffed too full and ended up eating with forks.  Is anyone actually able to fill their taco shells with the appropriate amount of ingredients and toppings?  Not this girl.

Cinco de Mayo tacos5So good.  I suppose you want the recipe, now don’t you?  Lucky for you, I aim to please.

Cinco de Mayo tacos3Mexican Potato and Bean Tacos

Makes 6 to 8 tacos (closer to 6 for us)


For the potatoes:

5 medium Yukon gold potatoes
2 TB olive oil
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced

*Add more or less of the chili powder and paprika depending on your heat preference.

For the tacos:

6 to 8 flour tortilla shells
15 oz can of vegetarian refried beans, warmed
shredded lettuce
1 tomato, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
any additional toppings that you desire


1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray or line with a silpat baking liner.

2. Cut potatoes into half-inch pieces.

3. Toss potatoes in olive oil and seasonings until well-coated.  Stir in the garlic.

4. Spread potatoes onto the baking sheet.

5. Bake the potatoes for approximately 30 to 35 minutes, flipping once halfway through, or until golden brown.

6. Compile the tacos in the following order: tortilla, refried beans, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, salsa, and any additional toppings that you desire.

Our tacos ended up being vegan since I am a vegetarian who eats a mostly plant-based diet and Joanna is currently following a no-dairy diet for her sweet baby, Eleanor.  Vegan or not, these totally hit the spot.

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!  Have a great Monday and make sure you eat all kinds of Cinco de Mayo-themed foods.  A margarita or two wouldn’t hurt either! 😉

Cinco de Mayo group2We’ll be coming back ‘atcha in about a month!  Next time we are thinking about making something on the grill, so you know you are going to want to come back for that.

P.S. A major shoutout to Erin’s husband, Josh, for being our photographer for the evening!

Erin’s Three Cooks One Kitchen post
Joanna’s Three Cooks One Kitchen post

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  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies May 5, 2014, 7:12 am
    That looks like a lot of fun and your tacos sound delicious, as always! That's a neat trick for the garlic. I normally crush the cloves with the side of my big knife so the papery skin comes right off, but that sounds much easier if I need to peel several or I want the whole cloves to remain intact!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 5, 2014, 4:41 pm
      Isn't it super cool? I had no idea why he was making me do that until after and I was SO glad that I did because it was a huge time saver.
  • Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie May 5, 2014, 9:52 am
    1. Those are some of the best potatoes ever! 2. Ahh you used the picture of me smelling the potatoes!! haha 3. I love the one Josh captured of you shaking the garlic like a maraca! haha It really works! I had so much fun! I can't wait to do this again next month! Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie recently posted...Three Cooks One Kitchen: Cinco de Mayo EditionMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 5, 2014, 4:42 pm
      Sorry, but I had to include the potato smelling picture...don't hate me! ;) And yes...I am so glad you guys taught me that trick for the garlic. I'll definitely be doing that anytime I buy fresh garlic.
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness May 5, 2014, 10:22 am
    Oh it sounds like you had an awesome time! What a crazy fun way to spend a night coming up with recipes together and enjoying good food. Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted...Life latelyMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 5, 2014, 4:43 pm
      It was so fun!! Us bloggers are crazy fun bunch aren't we? ;)
  • Em @ Love A Latte May 5, 2014, 1:58 pm
    What fun! I've never cooked with other bloggers. Normally its just me fumbling around in the kitchen. My husband helps sometimes too haha! Em @ Love A Latte recently posted...5 Simple Changes To a Vegan DietMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 5, 2014, 4:43 pm
      How good of him to help! It is a lot of fun to cook with your significant other :)
  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. May 5, 2014, 3:26 pm
    This looks like so much fun! You ladies are so cute! :) Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. recently posted...Happy 27th Birthday Hema!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 5, 2014, 4:49 pm
      Haha, thanks so much! You are too kind ;)
  • Kate @KateMovingForward May 5, 2014, 3:39 pm
    Yum!! Those look delicious!! What a great idea for a blogging feature! Kate @KateMovingForward recently posted...Marvelous MondayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 5, 2014, 4:51 pm
      Thanks Kate! They were super tasty and we had a great time making them!
  • Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake May 5, 2014, 4:59 pm
    Looks fun! Never cooked with other bloggers. Would like to. Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake recently posted...May WishlistMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 6, 2014, 1:05 pm
      It is a ton of fun! You should definitly try it out if you ever get the chance!
  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. May 5, 2014, 6:52 pm
    Gah! It's almost the end of the day and I've had NOTHING even closely resembling Mexican food today. I think I'm going to have to go stuff my face with salsa and guac. Maybe I can even find some chips to toss in there ;)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 6, 2014, 1:05 pm
      Haha!! You can never go wrong with chips, salsa, and guac! I hope you enjoyed them :)
  • Catherine @ foodiecology May 5, 2014, 6:59 pm
    This is SUCH a great idea! Makes me wish I had fellow bloggers living near me. :-( The tacos sound fantastic, though I do have to agree the green juice doesn't sound quite as appealing. (Then again, I don't own a juicer and have only made "green" smoothies that included a good bit of fruit and "easy" herbs like basil or mint.) And I never knew that about the garlic. Great tip! Catherine @ foodiecology recently posted...Virgin Mango Lime MargaritasMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 6, 2014, 1:08 pm
      Gotta love the garlic tip! I hope you find some bloggers in your area. Blogger meet-ups are SO fun!
  • Dana @ Dana's B.S. May 5, 2014, 7:40 pm
    Those tacos look so good! The juice not so much. I agree - not a green juice drinker either. But tacos are all that matter in a meal anyway. Dana @ Dana's B.S. recently posted...Award Winning Mango Habanero SalsaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 6, 2014, 1:09 pm
      You are SO right! I can't possibly be a bad meal when tacos are involved!
  • GiGi Eats May 5, 2014, 10:49 pm
    Totally DEJA VU because I saw this on Erin's BLOG! ;) GiGi Eats recently posted...Serving Up Flex Tacos and Key Lime Pie Man-garitasMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 6, 2014, 1:10 pm
      Haha, too funny!!! I hope you enjoyed reading about it twice! ;)
  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl May 6, 2014, 10:27 am
    Goodness gracious, this looks super yum! Great recipe, I can eat Mexican any day!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 6, 2014, 1:12 pm
      Thank you!! And I so agree. Mexican every day makes me happy... that and pizza! :)

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