Black Bean Tacos are made with a flavorful combination of black beans, veggies, and fresh cilantro for out-of-this-world flavor. Serve these vegan-friendly tacos on their own or alongside rice for the ultimate healthy lunch or dinner.
If you have been on the hunt for the best vegan and vegetarian tacos, get ready to be blown away. These amazing Black Bean Tacos are easy to make, bursting with flavor, and come together in under 15 minutes.
They are loaded with black beans for tons of protein and fiber, but are anything but boring!
Trust me when I say that you won’t even miss the meat in these tacos! One of my favorite things about taco recipes is that they are always, always customizable. This means you can spice these babies up with all your favorite toppings.
My favorite toppings for black bean tacos include cabbage, queso fresco, avocado, and lime wedges, but the options are endless. Then add an easy side dish like cilantro lime rice, Mexican chopped salad, or cucumber avocado salad for a super satisfying meal.
To make these delicious black bean tacos, you are going to need the following ingredients:
- Black beans: Ulta rich in fiber and protein, black beans are the ultimate plant-based protein source to use in place of meat. They help to keep you feeling satisfied and energized throughout the day, not to mention they’re delicious!
- Corn Tortillas: Corn tortillas are high in nutrients and naturally gluten-free. In my opinion, they also taste better than flour tortillas. However, feel free to use flour tortillas instead if you prefer those.
- Aromatics: Onions and garlic are essential components of this recipe. Together, they add tons of incredible flavor. You can use the powder forms of both if needed, but I highly recommend using the fresh versions if possible.
- Chipotle pepper: Chipotle peppers are similar in heat to jalapenos since that's what they are! Chipotle peppers are smoked jalapenos and they are normally packed in adobo sauce. They aren’t terribly spicy but you can remove the seeds for less spice. They add a ton of smoky and savory flavors to the dish. If you can't find chipotle peppers, add a fresh jalapeno instead paired with a smoky spice like cumin, chili powder, or smoked paprika.
Black Bean Taco Topping Ideas
These healthy vegan tacos are delicious as is, but who doesn’t love some extra toppings? Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or a casual Taco Tuesday, you always want to have a fair amount of toppings for people to choose from.
Here are some of my favorite taco topping ideas:
- Avocado: Whether it’s freshly sliced or made into guacamole or Creamy Avocado Salsa Verde, avocado tastes great on anything.
- Chopped tomatoes: I love using grape or cherry tomatoes, but any variation works well. Tomatoes boast a deliciously fresh flavor, as well as tons of nutrients.
- Queso: Name a better taco pairing than queso… I’ll wait. If you want to really ‘wow’ your guests, make your own using my Healthy Queso recipe. Queso fresco, cotija cheese, or cheddar cheese would also be delicious. For a vegan option, use a vegan shredded cheese or sprinkle on some nutritional yeast.
- Jalapenos: If you’re a lover of all things spicy and the chipotle pepper just isn’t giving you enough of a kick, try adding some fresh jalapeno slices.
- Radishes: These are high in antioxidants and nutrients, and feature a crisp spicy flavor that pairs beautifully with savory black beans.
- Fresh lime juice: To enhance the rest of your delicious taco flavors, try squeezing a little bit of fresh lime juice on top of them.
- Sour cream or greek yogurt: For some creaminess and tang, consider adding a dollop of sour cream, plain Greek yogurt, or Mexican crema. Vegan sour cream is a good alternative for dairy-free.
- Cabbage or lettuce: For some freshness and crunch, reach for some shredded green or red cabbage. Chopped lettuce is also delicious. This Mexican cabbage slaw would also be delicious.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
Here are some tips on how to perfect this black bean taco recipe:
- If you’re out of black beans and really don’t want to have to run to the store, you can swap them out for pinto beans or refried beans.
- Not a fan of cilantro? Try using fresh parsley or chives instead.
- Try toasting your tortillas or warming them in a cast iron pan for beautifully charred tacos and added flavor.
- If you aren't a vegetarian, these are really tasty topped with chicken street taco meat or chicken tinga.
- Add some roasted sweet potatoes taking inspiration from this Sweet Potato Black Bean Taco recipe.
- Turn them into bowls, taking inspiration from this Cuban Black Bean Bowl recipe.
How to Serve Black Bean Tacos
Here are some of my favorite dishes to serve these black bean tacos with:
- With a bowl of rice and/or beans. Make a burrito bowl by adding cooked white or brown rice and then all your favorite taco toppings. This is great for meal prep.
- With chips and salsa. I would recommend either Corn Salsa, Mango Salsa, or Pico de Gallo.
- Over a bed of spinach or fresh greens. This is great for those who prefer eating their black bean tacos in burrito-bowl style.
- These tacos are the perfect grab-and-go finger food during house parties! Or, as a light, yet filling, snack during the day. Serve them in baked taco cups for an easy appetizer.
Black Bean Tacos Storage Tips
For best results, I would recommend storing the individual taco components separately in airtight storage containers. Otherwise, your ingredients are likely to get soggy pretty quickly.
- To refrigerate: Seal in an airtight storage container and refrigerate for up to 4 to 5 days.
- To freeze: Seal in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
- To reheat: Allow the dish to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat on a stovetop or microwave until warm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this dish:
Do you have to heat up the beans?
Canned black beans are already cooked, so all you have to do is warm them up! I find that they taste best after they’ve been warmed on the stove for a few minutes.
Should I rinse the beans before heating?
The black bean liquid that the beans sit in is used to prolong the shelf-life of the beans, however, it’s usually loaded with sodium and starch. Giving your beans a quick rinse helps to remove all of that salty slime.
Are these black bean tacos healthy?
Yes! With tons of fiber, antioxidants, and protein, black beans are nutritional powerhouses. There’s a reason so many people use them as plant-based protein sources.
Can I make these tacos into a burrito bowl?
Of course. I love turning this taco recipe into a burrito bowl or taco salad. Simply follow the recipe as is, but throw all of your ingredients onto a bed of greens or rice instead of tortillas.
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- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo, minced (with adobo, more to taste)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 28 oz. canned black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp water (more if needed)
- Salt and pepper
- 8 corn tortillas
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
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