Black Bean Tacos

Black Bean Tacos are crunchy and chalk full of flavor…did I mention easy?! Ready in minutes for those busy nights.

Some night I don’t know what I’m making until I walk into the kitchen right before dinner time. I love having something quick, easy, and delicious on hand like these Black Bean Tacos. For those nights when you have a bit more time try serving these with Mom’s Best Green Enchiladas and Best Ever 7 Layer Bean Dip.

Black Bean tacos on plate

Easy Tacos with Black Beans

Tacos are a staple in this house. We LOVE tacos, crunchy soft, meat beans…we aren’t too picky. Taco Tuesday becomes tacos any day of the week. 🙂

I do however really love making black bean tacos. Black beans are not only very tasty, but they are super healthy!  Win win.

You can easily make your own refried black beans be following my Refried Beans recipe and substituting your delicious black beans. And because black beans can really take a lot of seasoning you can play around with the spices you use to flavor these. 

Try using:

  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Coriander 
  • Black pepper
  • Lots of salt!

As always, use the flavors you love most for the black beans!

Black bean mix for tacos

How to Make Black Bean Tacos

Mix together the beans, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, and salt 

Spread beans into the bottoms of the taco shells

 Add cheese on top

Place into a deep baking dish

Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until the cheese is melted

Remove from oven and add desired toppings

Serve immediately

Recipe FAQ

Can these be vegan? You can make these vegan if you omit the cheese. 

What are the best toppings? Avocado, lettuce, tomato, and/or salsa

What kind of tortillas? Preferably hard shell tacos are my favorite and they support the black beans really well. You can always use flour or corn tortillas. Again the thicker the tortilla the better it will support the thick black beans spread.

How to make black bean tacos

Additions + Variations

As with any of our recipes, you can change them up to your liking, but here are a few ideas…

  • Sweet potato: roasted sweet potatoes are a great addition to tacos
  • Corn: add corn alongside other veggies, or make a corn salsa
  • Chicken: use diced chicken for more protein. Cook it with some taco seasoning.
  • Rice or Quinoa: add for more fiber and a more filling taco.
  • Avocado: make sure it’s ripe and dice into small pieces
  • Avocado crema
  • Beef: mix with black beans, cook it with taco seasonings
  • Salsa: try our 5 minute restaurant style salsa or mango pineapple salsa
  • Black bean taco salad

The possibilities are endless!

Tacos with black beans

Storing Info + More Tips

STORE everything except the tortillas in the fridge. REHEAT in the microwave until warmed through. You may need to add some water when reheating the beans if they seem really thick and won’t thin out.

Can you make these ahead of time? I wouldn’t recommend making these ahead of time, unless you decide to use dried beans and make them in the crock-pot. If this is your chosen method I would suggest starting these in the morning. 

What to serve with? Tacos are great anytime of day and you can eat them with just about anything. My family always had tacos with Spanish rice. You can also serve it with refried beans.  

Black bean taco recipe

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Black Bean Taco Recipe

Black Bean Tacos are crunchy and chalk full of flavor...did I mention easy?! Ready in minutes for those busy nights.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Calories: 229kcal
Author: Natalie
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Ingredients

Bean Filling
  • 1 can refried black beans
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • pinch salt
Tacos
  • 6-8 crunchy Taco Shells
  • 2 c grated Colby Jack or cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • salsa

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Ina medium mixing bowl mix together the beans, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, and salt
  • Spread beans into the bottoms of the taco shells. Add cheese on top. Place into a deep baking dish and bake for 6-8 minutes or until the cheese is melted
  • Remove from oven and add desired toppings. Serve immediately

Nutrition

Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 519IU | Calcium: 252mg | Iron: 1mg

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Natalie

Wife, mother, baker and photographer. Recipe developer & author of Life Made Simple. A self-professed peanut butter lover and fond of anything that involves pumpkin, cookie dough, or sprinkles

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  1. 5 stars
    It’s taco Tuesday everyday around our house and these were a great addition! I love the black bean filling and it was a delicious way to switch it up!

  2. 5 stars
    This is a great idea. We have been looking for more ideas to have at least 1 meatless meal a week. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    Just made it for lunch today, delicious!! My family and I love your recipes they are simple and tasty! Thank you!