TexMexMas (tex mex Christmas 2010)

A long time ago, myself and a friend were rummaging through a thrift store, when what to our wondering eyes, we stumbled upon stacks and stacks of old cooking light magazines.  This doesn't really seem like a great find, but to a couple of new brides looking to expand their cooking repertoire this was a gold mine.  

On this particular day, at this thrift store, anything you could fit into a paper sack was only a $1. We shoved all the magazines into two paper sacks and got away with tons of new recipes to try.  

Fast forward to Christmas 2010.  My dad and siblings always make sure that our dinner together for Christmas is NEVER Ham or Turkey.  Last year it was soups and mini sandwiches.  The year before homemade chinese food.  This year....Tacos...or as I am calling it TexMexMas.  The following recipe was gleaned from the Thrift Store shopping trip and has become on of my families favorites.  

The three bean mixture can be reheated if you have leftovers and put on top of chips with cheese and sour cream for a delicious taco salad the next day.

Three Bean Tacos
Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 1 taco)


  • 1  teaspoon  olive oil
  • 1  cup  diced onion
  • 1/2  cup  diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2  cup  diced green bell pepper
  • 1  tablespoon  chili powder
  • 2  teaspoons  dried oregano
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1  garlic clove, minced
  • 1  cup  canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1/2  cup  canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2  cup  canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1  (8-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 12  taco shells
  • 3/4  cup  shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 3/4  cup  diced tomato
  • 1/2  cup  (2 ounces) finely shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2  cup  salsa


Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion and next 6 ingredients (onion through garlic), and sauté 2 minutes. Add chickpeas, beans, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until thick.
Prepare taco shells according to package directions. Spoon 1/4 cup bean mixture into each taco shell. Top each with lettuce, 1 tablespoon tomato, 2 teaspoons cheese, and 2 teaspoons salsa

Stay Sweet,


  1. you MUST be referring to the Ebenezer Thrift Store?? i still have my 1955 toaster from one of their $1 per bag sales and we use it all the time! lovely to see your wonderful dad and brother!! my mom's side of the family usually has a non-traditional menu. the last couple of years have been the "Great Waffle Extravaganza of 20__", and everyone brings different toppings. too fun!!

  2. Absolutely! Ebenezer Thrift Store! <3