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Crispy Black Bean Tacos

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These crispy black bean tacos may be made with just 3 ingredients and take just 15 minutes to make, but they are also super satisfying and totally delicious. This black bean taco recipe was designed as an “Activity Night” meal for the Weeknight Dinner Club – which means it’s got to take less than 15 minutes. You know, for the dance, sports, music nights when everyone still needs to eat, but time is limited and schedules might be rushed.

The recipe is written using canned refried beans, but if you’ve got some extra time or want to prep some homemade black beans for tacos over the weekend, you’ve got to try my refried black beans from canned beans. I originally made them for these black bean tostadas, but my family has loved them so much that I also used them in these black bean and cheese burritos, and now these crispy tacos.

Plate with a crispy black bean taco and green salsa.

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

What You’ll Love About this Black Bean Taco Recipe

  • Vegetarian but super satisfying and filling
  • Lots of flavor
  • Crunchy tortilla and creamy refried black beans
  • Cheesy layer
  • Great source of protein and fiber
  • Just 15 minutes total time

Ingredients

You’ll need just 3 basic ingredients to make this black beans taco recipe:

  • Refried beans – Buy canned refried beans or make your own. I like to make a big batch of my refried black beans as I’ve now ruined my kids forever and they only like the homemade ones. But they are super simple and made with canned beans so try them out 😉
  • Tortillas – Look for flour tortillas, about 6-inches in size or a taco size. You can also use corn tortillas if you prefer, you’ll just need to make them a little smaller.
  • Cheese – Use shredded cheese for an easy shortcut. You can use shredded cheddar, Mexican blend cheese, or even a pepper jack for some added spice.
  • Oil – You’ll need a bit of oil to make these crispy! Use olive oil, avocado oil, or vegetable oil.
  • Avocado salsa – I like to have a bright green salsa or avocado salsa for dipping (Herdez makes one that I love!) or you can make your own guacamole.
  • Extras – These are totally optional, but feel free to serve your crispy black bean tacos with fresh lime juice, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sour cream, pickled jalapenos, pico de gallo, or any of your other favorite taco toppings.
Ingredients to make black bean tacos.

How to Make Black Bean Tacos

Ok, let’s get to making the vegetarian tacos with black beans! No worries, they take just a few minutes of prep time and about 10 minutes cook time:

  • Assemble tacos. Spread a bit of black bean mixture onto half of the tortilla. Top with a bit of shredded cheese and fold over.
Flour tortilla with black beans and cheese.
  • Cook tacos. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook tacos until golden brown on both sides.
Crispy flour tacos in pan.
  • Serve. Serve tacos with a dipping sauce (guacamole or avocado salsa) or any of your favorite taco toppings.
Plate of vegetarian bean tacos with a salsa verde.

Storage Instructions

The tacos with black beans are best served immediately. If you end up with leftovers, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How to reheat

Reheat tacos in a hot skillet for best results.

How to Serve Crispy Black Bean Tacos to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

With meals like these cooked tacos or quesadillas, I always ask my kids what they would like in them before cooking them. If they aren’t sure about beans, you can make a plain “taco” with cheese or just serve all of the components deconstructed.

And as always, be sure to serve the meal with a few other items you know they will like, like fruit, milk, and bread if they don’t do tortillas.

All of my articles on feeding kids can be found here and if you want a FULL list of all of the videos I have with hacks, tips, scripts, and ideas for feeding kids, check out my instagram or tiktok page.

Black bean taco with bite out of it.

What to Serve with Black Bean Tacos

I like to serve taco and quesadilla meals with a lot of fresh toppings so everyone can add their own, but you could also include a simple veggie side.

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Plate with a crispy black bean taco and green salsa.

Crispy Black Bean Tacos

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 14 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex
  • Diet: Vegetarian
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Description

These simple and fast crispy black bean tacos are super satisfying, totally delicious, and take just 15 minutes to make!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 15oz. can refried black beans
  • 8 small flour tortillas (about 6 inches)
  • 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • avocado salsa or guacamole
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Make refried black beans from scratch if necessary. 
  2. Spread half of tortilla with 1/4-1/3 cup of refried beans. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and fold over. Repeat with remaining ingredients. 
  3. Heat drizzle of oil in a large 12″ nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add tacos to pan in a single layer. 
  4. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Repeat with remaining tacos, adding more oil to pan if necessary. 
  5. Serve with avocado salsa or guacamole.  


Notes

  • Nutrition facts are an estimate.
  • You’ll probably only need one can of refried beans, but it really depends on how big your tortillas are so I’ve included two in the ingredient list.

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