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Eating Tres Hermanas Tacos

Tres Hermanas Tacos

Tres Hermanas are three important foods that Native Americans first planted and ate in North America. They originated in Mexico. “Tres hermanas” means “Three Sisters” in Spanish. These plants are often grown together–and they also taste yummy together in a recipe. The three sisters are: corn, beans, and squash.

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Tres Hermanas Tacos

Yield: 4 cups of taco filling, 8 tacos
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  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 zucchini, cubed
  • 8 tortillas
  • 3-5 sprigs cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup sweet corn, (fresh, frozen, or canned) 
  • 1 cup black beans (fresh or canned)
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Juice of 1 lime 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions for Adults

Warm pan for 1 minute over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add cubed zucchini and sauté for 3-5 minutes until fork-tender and slightly browned. Return sautéd zucchini to the bowl. Warm tortillas on a hot pan while kids complete the taco recipe. 

Instructions for Kids

  • Cut the zucchini into 1-inch cubes and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Tear or chop cilantro while the zucchini is cooking.
  • Once the zucchini has been cooked, measure and add sweet corn, black beans, green onion, cumin, juice of the lime, and cilantro to the cooked zucchini.
  • Stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Scoop the mixture onto a warm tortilla and enjoy!


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