Easy Black Bean Tacos Recipe

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Luke Published: December 15, 2020 Modified: June 1, 2021

How To Make Easy Black Bean Tacos

Put together a loaded meal with this black bean tacos recipe that layer cabbage and refried beans in a warmed tortilla topped with cheese and cilantro.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

For Refried Black Beans:

  • 30ozblack beans,2 cans, or 3 cups cooked black beans
  • 2tbspextra-virgin olive oil
  • 1tspground cumin
  • 2clovesgarlic,pressed or minced
  • ½tspfine sea salt

For Yogurt “Crema”:

  • 1cupplain Greek,or regular yogurt
  • 2tbsplime juice,from 1 small lime
  • ¼tspfine sea salt
  • hot sauce of choice,to taste, optional

For Other Ingredients:

  • 10smallcorn or flour tortillas
  • 3cupsred or green cabbage,finely sliced, about ½ medium head of cabbage
  • ½cupCotija cheese,or more, or feta cheese, crumbled
  • big handful of fresh cilantro leaves,and/or thinly sliced green onion

Instructions

Black Beans:

  1. Reserve the cooking liquid from one can of beans or substitute ⅓ cup water for the cooking liquid. Rinse and drain the other can of beans.

  2. Once the beans are ready to go, warm the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the cumin, garlic, and salt. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. 

  3. Pour in the can of beans with all of its liquid (or ⅓ cup water). Stir to combine. Mash up a portion of the beans with a potato masher or serving fork.

  4. Cook for a few minutes, stirring often until the mixture reaches a simmer. Mash up the beans once more, then add the rinsed and drained beans.

  5. Stir to combine. Simmer for a few minutes, then reduce the heat to a bare minimum while finishing the remaining ingredients. Cover the pot, and stir it every few minutes so the beans don’t stick to the bottom of the pan. 

Crema:

  1. Combine the yogurt, lime juice, and salt in a small bowl. Stir to combine. If desired, add hot sauce, to taste. Set aside.

Tortilla and Cabbage:

  1. Warm the tortillas in a large skillet over medium heat in batches, flipping to warm each side. Alternatively, warm them directly over a low flame on a gas range.

  2. Stack the warmed tortillas on a plate and cover with a tea towel to keep warm.

  3. Soften the cabbage just a bit by sprinkling it with a couple of dashes of salt. Then use hands to massage it by scrunching up handfuls of cabbage until it is slightly wilted and fragrant. 

To Assemble:

  1. Spread a layer of beans down the center of each tortilla, followed by a small handful of cabbage, a generous drizzle of sauce, and sprinkles of cheese and cilantro and/or green onion.

  2. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 397.75kcal
  • Fat: 6.48g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.86g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.78g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.23g
  • Carbohydrates: 66.16g
  • Fiber: 15.46g
  • Sugar: 2.95g
  • Protein: 21.41g
  • Cholesterol: 6.00mg
  • Sodium: 279.76mg
  • Calcium: 187.68mg
  • Potassium: 1379.05mg
  • Iron: 4.89mg
  • Vitamin A: 22.01µg
  • Vitamin C: 11.44mg
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