For our very first attempt at understanding the benefits of solar cooking, we made solar cooker sweet potato bean tacos. None of us aboard Britican are vegetarians but the idea of cooking meat with the sun didn’t appeal to us (at first). I wanted to test our cooker with something that seemed easy and only had veggies.
Furthermore, I needed to make sure I could readily find the ingredients. Being anchored in Bermuda at the time, some 800 miles west of America’s east coast, it wasn’t possible to get all the veggies we were accustomed to getting.
As shown in the video below the recipe couldn’t be easier.
I threw all the ingredients into one of the two pots supplied with the solar cooker, popped it into the cooker and then left it there all day. The recipe noted that the food would be done in three hours but we left it for around five. Based on my experience of now cooking over 16 solar cooked recipes it’s best to just get the food in the cooker before noon and then around 5pm – 6pm, when you’re ready to eat, it’s done.
To find more information about the solar cooker we used, check out the Solavore Sport (another window will open). And to find the book I referenced in the video, check it out on Amazon here: Cooking with Sunshine by Anderson and Palkovic. The recipe and video are below.
Solar Cooker Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos Recipe
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 2 Tsp dried oregano
- 1 1/2 Tsp ground cumin
- 1 Tsp salt
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
- 1 can of black beans 15 oz
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 medium onion, thinkly sliced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 cup of frozen corn or 1 cup of canned corn
- For serving: tortillas, salsa, cheese, sour cream, etc.
Place all the ingredients in the pot and stir. Put the pot in the solar cooker and cook for at least three hours or until the sweet potatoes are tender.
Solar Cooker Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos Video
Check out the Solavore Sport Solar Cooker here (another window will open)
If you like the looks of Bermuda, check out these other articles and videos from SailingBritican.com:
- Provisioning for a 5-day sail to Bermuda
- Sailing To Bermuda
- And…Sailing to Bermuda Video – The 5 Day Passage
- Sailing around Bermuda – Life at anchor
- Hamilton Bermuda by Boat
- Hamilton Bermuda At Anchorage
- Sailing the Atlantic Ocean
- Sailing the Atlantic Ocean Video
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