Vegetarian Black Bean Tacos

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Vegetarian Black Bean Tacos served in crunchy corn shells and filled with classic taco toppings are so good that you definitely won’t miss the meat.

Vegetarian Black Bean Tacos served in crunchy corn shells and filled with classic taco toppings are so good that you definitely won’t miss the meat.
Vegetarian Black Bean Tacos

Based on your feedback and my desire to create more plant-based recipes for vegetarians and those who are trying to cut down on their meat consumption (try Meatless Monday!), you’ll love these Crunchy Black Bean Tacos. Make it a fiesta with cilantro lime rice and guacamole on the side! And if you prefer beef, these slow cooker beef tacos are a favorite in my house!

vegetarian black bean tacos in crispy shells

Taco Tuesday is always a popular night at my house. And since these tacos are vegetarian, they’re also perfect for Meatless Mondays. But really, who are we kidding? Tacos are an excellent idea any night of the week! These vegetarian tacos with black beans are such an easy weeknight dinner. Using canned beans instead of dried saves a ton of time. Plus, beans are a great, inexpensive pantry staple. Infused with Mexican spices and topped with all my favorite fixins, these tasty vegetarian tacos are so hearty, satisfying, and delicious.

What is a good side to serve with tacos?

These crunchy tacos are full of protein, fiber, and vegetables, making them a filling meal on their own. But if you’re looking for a side dish, try one of these:

Variations:

  • Swap crispy corn taco shells for flour tortillas or corn tortillas.
  • Top tacos with jarred salsa or my No-Cook Salsa instead of fresh tomatoes.
  • If you don’t have black beans, substitute them with canned pinto beans.
  • Use Monterey jack or cotija cheese instead of cheddar.
  • Add jalapenos to the black bean mixture or top your taco with raw jalapenos to make these spicy black bean tacos.
  • Serve the black bean mixture and taco toppings on tostada shells instead of taco shells.

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Vegetarian Black Bean Tacos

9
11
9
SP
367
Calories
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: American, Tex Mex
Vegetarian Black Bean Tacos served in crunchy corn shells and filled with classic taco toppings are so good that you definitely won’t miss the meat.

Ingredients

For the beans:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the tacos:

  • 8 hard corn taco shells, I like Old El Paso Stand ‘n Stuff
  • 4 ounces Hass avocado, from 1 small
  • Juice from 1/2 small lime
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 plum tomato, diced
  • 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven according to taco shell package directions. Lay taco shells on a sheet pan in an even layer. When hot, bake shells for 6-7 minutes.
    taco shells
  • Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the canola oil, swirl to cover pan then add the onion and sauté 2-3 minutes until onions have softened and become translucent.
    black beans in a skillet
  • Add the garlic and sauté 30 seconds more. Add the beans, spices, tomato paste and water and mix until combined.
  • Cook about 3 minutes to allow flavors to meld and beans to heat through.
  • In a small bowl, mash avocado with a fork until smooth. Add lime juice, salt and pepper.
    guacamole

To assemble tacos:

  • Place taco shells on a flat surface. Layer each shell with 1/8 of the bean mixture, then the cheese, mashed avocado, tomatoes and lettuce. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tacos, Calories: 367kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 15.4g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 669mg, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 2g
Blue Smart Points: 9
Green Smart Points: 11
Purple Smart Points: 9
Keywords: black bean tacos, vegetarian tacos