Black Bean Tacos


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For a super quick and nutritious meatless meal, an easy Black Bean Taco recipe is exactly what the family needs! 

A simple mixture of beans, veggies and our favorite seasonings make a delicious filling for tacos! Set out a DIY Taco Bar with all kinds of toppings for everyone to create their own taco masterpiece!

Four black bean tacos prepared on a plate. Topped with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and jalapenos.

Why We Love This Recipe

Beans and corn (canned or frozen) are always kept in my pantry meaning this dish can be made at a moment’s notice.

It is a healthy meatless meal (with homemade taco seasoning) that not only tastes great, its budget-friendly too!

This recipe is so quick, start to finish it’s on the table in under 30 minutes!  It’s a great recipe to get the family involved in preparing toppings.

Black bean taco ingredients in a frying pan.

How to Make Black Bean Tacos

  1. Prepare black beans for tacos:
  • To prep canned beans, rinse thoroughly in a colander, and they are ready to use!
  • To prep dried beans, follow this simple guide for soaking and cooking beans. Or try putting that Instant Pot to good use and cook dried beans for 30 minutes and slow release for 15 minutes!
  1. Saute onion and garlic until browned and fragrant.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened.

Serve in warmed corn or flour tortillas with an assortment of taco toppings!

What Other Beans Can Be Used? Any kind of canned or dried beans can be used for tacos. Pinto beans, great northern beans, even lentils can be used, be sure to follow the same procedure for rinsing and cooking above.

What Other Veggies Can Be Used?

Tacos can be filled with anything! In keeping with the meatless theme of this recipe, try diced zucchini, sautéed mushrooms, diced potatoes, sweet potatoes, or even cauliflower rice!

Want spicy black bean tacos? Add in diced jalapeno for a little bit of heat.

Toppings for Tacos

  • VEGGIES: sliced black olives, jalapenos, green chiles, avocados, or cilantro!
  • CRUNCHY: cabbage slaw or shredded lettuce
  • SAUCE: salsa, guacamole, and sour cream
  • CHEESE: Any kind of cheese!

A tortilla topped with black bean mixture, lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and jalapenos.

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Four black bean tacos prepared on a plate. Topped with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and jalapenos.
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Review Recipe

Black Bean Tacos

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 tacos
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Super quick and nutritious meatless meal!

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 15 ounces black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 corn or flour tortillas 6 - inch
  • toppings as desired

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Instructions

  • Cook onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Add corn, black beans, seasonings, and salsa. Simmer 5-6 minutes or until liquid has evaporated.
  • Slightly mash some of the beans if desired. Taste and season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Spoon into tortillas and top as desired.

Recipe Notes

To use canned beans, rinse thoroughly in a colander.
To use dried beans, soak dried black beans in cold water overnight. Drain and rinse. Place in a pot and bring to a simmer, cook 60-90 minutes or until tender. For other types of beans, follow this simple guide for soaking and cooking beans
Any kind of canned or dried beans can be used for tacos. Pinto beans, great northern beans, even lentils can be used, be sure to follow the same procedure for rinsing and cooking above.
In keeping with the meatless theme of this recipe, swap in any veggies you'd like. Diced zucchini, sautéed mushrooms, diced potatoes, sweet potatoes, or even cauliflower rice!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1taco, Calories: 176, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 135mg, Potassium: 392mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 189IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 2mg
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A plate full of prepared black bean tacos topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and jalapeños.
A black bean taco topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and jalapeños.
A black bean taco topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and jalapeños.
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