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Super Simple Suppers — Upside-Down Taco Salad

I wanted to share with you one of my, and my families, favorite vegan recipes.   They are upside down tacos.  They are perfect for both simple vegan eating and minimalist cooking.  My mother used to call them haystacks, and I am not sure that is a better or worse name for them.  What they are is an amazing, cheap, filling, balanced, whole food, all natural, easy to make, meal gem!

What you need:

  • A base of corn chips (watch the labels for chips with the least ingredients as possible) or rice (any kind, cooked)
  • Beans.  I cooked these beans in the crock pot with 2 cups beans, 1 smallish onion, 1 tsp of crushed garlic, and salt to taste.
  • Fresh salad ingredients.  Lettuce, spinach, avocado, cucumber, olives, shredded carrots… or any other fresh vegetable.
  • Optional toppings include salsa, organic dressing, or whatever else you want to throw on.

With a bit of modification this meal can change up and be different for several days in a row, all using the same crock pot of beans.  Any chili recipe works nice too.  I like adding tomatoes or different beans for variety.


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  1. Carmen Carmen

    That looks yummy, particularly the second dish with the avocado and spinach. (We might have to ruin it slightly with a little sour cream & cheese though!)

    I also think that sadly it might be too ‘healthy tasting’ for one of my children, do both of yours like it (Ian?) I’m guessing the taco chips help attract younger, less adventurous children 😉

    • Yep, cheese and sour cream is good on it. Just a bit makes it taste really good and it is still a very low animal product meal 🙂

      My kids are crazy picky… I keep thinking they will grow out of it by seeing us eat and enjoy everything, but so far, not working well. My kids eat corn chips, beans, a few shreds of cheese and ketchup (which is kinda gross to me but maybe still balanced)… I wish they ate spinach and avocado. This is one of the meals where they will sit down and eat from what is on the table without to much complaint. So for that, it is a success.

  2. now I’m hungry!

  3. Great blog Lorilee! I stumbled in from one of your comments over at You’ve got a cool theme, professional design and good writing. Keep up the “simply” good work!

    • Thanks so much for coming by!

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