crunchy black bean tacos

crunchy black bean tacosI have a friend who finds Mexican fare to be far too simple.  He proclaims “it is merely beans and cheese with random other ingredients held together in a flour or corn vessel.”  While I adore my friend I do not think he could be more wrong.  The beauty of this cuisine is that you indeed can use the same ingredients over and over but it’s how you prepare them that makes them special.  My family, like so many others, is obsessed with Mexican food – having a fiesta weekly at the very least.  I am happy to say these crunchy little gems have been added to the list of possible main courses.crunchy black bean tacos

Crunchy Black Bean Tacos
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Serves: 8 tacos
  • 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup red onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and minced (keep the seeds if you like it hot)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 4-6 ounces pepper jack cheese, grated
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • salsa, guacamole, sour cream and/or lime wedges for serving
  1. In a medium bowl, add beans with red onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, spices and lime. Add a pinch of salt & pepper and lightly mash all of the ingredients together with a fork. Taste and adjust seasonings if need be.
  2. In a large, non-stick skillet, cast iron skillet or stove top griddle, add oil and heat over medium-high heat.
  3. Add one corn tortilla at a time and let each get hot in the oil for a few seconds. Then add about ¼ cup of the bean filling to one half of the tortilla. Top with a sprinkle of grated cheese.
  4. Using a spatula, carefully fold the tortilla over so it forms a shell. Press down lightly on the tortilla so it holds its shape. It’s alright if a little filling spills out – it will form a crispy and delicious treat on the edge.
  5. Cook each taco for about 3 minutes* per side until they are nicely browned and crispy (be sure to go towards the fold when flipping with a spatula to the other side). You will be able to do more at a time on a griddle which is what we use.
  6. Serve tacos with toppings like salsa, guacamole, sour cream and/or lime wedges.
*Corn tortillas are resilient to heat. Don’t worry about burning them. They are very flexible. Just be sure to cook them on each side long enough to get them really crispy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4

recipe inspired by Endless Simmercrunchy black bean tacos

Last night was the second time in less than a week we have devoured these tacos (not ashamed).  And a little tip from me to you – make EXTRA because heating one up beside your egg in the morning is nothing short of pure breakfast taste explosion heaven.  Topped off with some salsa and you have a pretty amazing version of huevos rancheros.  So there you have it – dinner, cocktails, dessert and breakfast.  De nada.





Crunchy Black Bean Tacos

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26 Responses to crunchy black bean tacos

  1. M&K says:

    Yum! These tacos look absolutely delicious. We may be trying this out soon. Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K at

    • prettyplainjanes says:

      M&K – They are so very good! Definitely hope you give them a try! Thanks for stopping by! -brandy j

  2. Jeff says:

    I’m going to be making this today, it’s exactly what my stomach demands! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  6. Kassy says:

    I love these they are so easy and my family loves them they are what my husband asked for today for supper (Father’s Day) thank you so much for the recipe! !

    • prettyplainjanes says:

      Hi Kassy! Thanks so much for the comment! I am so happy to hear you love the recipe! Hope your family had a wonderful Father’s Day! xo, brandy j

  7. Sara says:

    Have you ever added meat to them and how do you reheat them?

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  9. Halle says:

    I made these tonight with my boyfriend. We added ground turkey, and they were AMAZING! Super easy but tasted complicated. Great recipe!

  10. Elyse says:

    My boyfriend made me these last night and I cant stop thinking about them!!! Well done lady!

  11. Bet says:

    Yummmm! We just finished dinner and absolutely loved these! The crispy cheese “treats” (that made me laugh and we kept talking about “treats” at dinner and the dog was all like – for me??) are totally the best part! We are trying to do more meatless meals and this is a keeper. Thanks for the really specific instructions on cooking them, too, it made it so easy! I found you from Pinterest but am off to explore other recipes on your blog. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Bertha Permuth says:

    Excellent recipe, but the photo you are showing ,corresponds to flour tortillas tacos, not corn!

    • prettyplainjanes says:

      Hi Bertha! Thank you! Those are actually corn tortillas, I can’t remember the brand off hand but I do know they are corn. 🙂 – brandy j

  19. Lottee says:

    Love this recipe, so adaptable, I added sweet corn as we already had some opened. Me and boyfriend devoured them in minutes!
    Thank you for a great vegetarian meal x

    • prettyplainjanes says:

      Hi Lottee!

      Thank you for trying them! The addition sounds perfect! Glad you enjoyed! xo, brandy j