Smoky pulled aubergine & black bean tacos
- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 4
These summery veggie tacos are filled with a charred, smoky aubergine and black bean ragu, topped with creamy feta and crunchy pink pickled onions. They also contain four of your 5-a-day – bonus!
- 2 aubergines
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- 1 red onion , diced
- 2 garlic cloves , crushed
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- 400g fresh tomatoes , chopped
- pinch dried oregano or thyme
- ½ tsp chilli powder
- pinch chilli flakes
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
- 2 x 400g cans black beans , 1 drained and rinsed
- ½ lime , juiced, plus wedges to serve
- 8 small tortillas , warmed
- small bunch coriander , leaves picked
- 50g feta cheese , crumbled
- ½ iceberg lettuce , shredded
- pink pickled onions , to serve (see tip, below)
- STEP 1
Prick the aubergines all over with a fork, then set over a medium gas flame (or on the coals of a barbecue or under the grill) and cook, turning occasionally with tongs, until blackened and collapsing, about 20-25 mins. Transfer to a plate and leave to cool. Peel the skin from the cooled aubergines or scoop out the flesh using a spoon. Try to remove most of the skin, but don’t worry if a few flecks remain.
- STEP 2
Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the olive oil in a large ovenproof frying pan with the bay leaf and cumin seeds. When they start to sizzle, add the onion and garlic. Fry for about 5 mins until fragrant but not coloured, then stir in the tomato purée and cook it down for a couple of mins.
- STEP 3
Add the tomatoes and dried oregano, and cook for a few mins more until they have collapsed into the sauce. Add the aubergine flesh, chilli powder, chilli flakes and vinegar, and cook, stirring, for 1 min, then tip in the cans of black beans, one drained and one still with its liquid. Squeeze over a little of the lime juice and cook for 5 mins until reduced and bubbling, then transfer to the oven and roast for 15-20 mins until deep, dark and fully reduced.
- STEP 4
Season with more lime juice, if you like, and spoon the aubergine mixture into the warm tortillas with the coriander, crumbled feta, lettuce and pink pickled onions to serve