Gourmet Black Bean Tacos

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on August 27, 2012

My husband and I love Mexican food. A while back, we were at this restaurant where the tacos came out open-faced and with a bunch of gourmet toppings on top (cabbage slaw, cojita cheese, etc.). I decided to make my own version at home with a few traditional ingredients and one or two fun toppings to give it some extra flavor and a gourmet feel. I served them open faced and they looked beautiful!

These tacos are also especially healthy because I used soft corn tortillas (for extra fiber and none of the fat of crispy tacos), black beans (fiber + protein), tons of veggies – tomatoes, corn, red onions, avocado (antioxidants), and fresh shredded sharp cheddar (more protein).

The ingredient list was relatively simple: Soft corn tortillas, 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (I used about 2-3 Tbsp per taco), 1 15oz can black beans, 1 15oz can of diced & fire roasted tomatoes, 3-4 cloves garlic, 1/2-3/4 cup frozen corn (not pictured), 1 avocado mashed with some lime juice (basically guacamole), 1 red onion diced, chopped cilantro (to taste)

The Directions

Step 1: Warm corn tortillas in the oven or microwave and chop all your veggies/toppings

Step 2: Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add 1-2 tsp olive oil and saute the onion, garlic, tomatoes, corn and black beans until heated through.

Step 3: Assemble your tacos! Start with your tortilla, add the bean mixture, top with mashed avocado/guac, cheese, diced onions and cilantro.

 My husband loved these and they were such a quick and easy meal to make – perfect for a weeknight dinner.  

Gourmet Black Bean Tacos

Total Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 8 Tacos (4 Servings)

Serving Size: 2 Tacos

Calories per serving: 430

Fat per serving: 14.9g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 430 Calories, 14.9g Fat, 400mg Sodium, 59.4g Carbs, 15.8g Fiber, 7.7g Sugar, 19.6g Protein

Ingredients

  • 8 Soft corn tortillas
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (I used about 2-3 Tbsp per taco)
  • 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15oz can of diced & fire roasted tomatoes
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2-3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1 avocado mashed with some lime juice (basically guacamole)
  • 1 red onion diced
  • chopped cilantro (to taste)

Directions

  1. Warm corn tortillas in the oven or microwave and chop all your veggies/toppings
  2. Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add 1-2 tsp olive oil and saute the onion, garlic, tomatoes, corn and black beans until heated through.
  3. Assemble your tacos! Start with your tortilla, add the bean mixture, top with mashed avocado/guac, cheese, diced onions and cilantro.
http://pickyeaterblog.com/gourmet-black-bean-tacos/

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Rita D K Simmons August 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Wow, great job! Just did a Spicy Shrimp Taco post on my blog so great to see this one, I will be trying it soon.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 28, 2011 at 10:18 am

Thanks Rita! Let me know how you like this recipe!

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German Mama August 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Great vegetarian tacos!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 28, 2011 at 10:19 am

Thanks so much! I’m sure you will love this recipe!

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Lindsey@Lindselicious August 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm

What a smart way to make sopes! These look super yummy!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 28, 2011 at 10:20 am

Thanks Lindsey!! They were very delicious :)

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Sam @ H.E.S.H. August 8, 2011 at 3:09 am

Great! I love the way you post your photos! It made me want to try the recipe now… :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 28, 2011 at 10:21 am

Hehe thank you! Glad to hear it!

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Malli August 8, 2011 at 6:56 am

Those open faced tacos look deelish!!
Check out my twist on Mexican fusion
http://chillilovesmalli.blogspot.com/2011/08/140-mexican-fusion-tricolored-huevos.html
Cheers!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 28, 2011 at 10:22 am

Looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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jenn aka the picky girl October 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I just found your website and had to stop by because my blog is http://www.thepickygirl.com!

So glad to find such a great resource for veggie food. I’m not actually vegetarian, but I rarely eat meat and never cook it, so it’s great to find some options.

This looks so yummy! Thanks.

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anjalim October 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Thanks so much! I’m so glad you like my blog :) And I love how you’re “The Picky Girl”! That’s awesome – here’s to being picky! Looking forward to connecting with you more through our blogs :)

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MsRox March 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

Great Recipe, I added some Cumin and Red pepper flakes for Spiciness! The tacos were a success! Thanks

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Oh great additions!! I’m sure they turned out to be nice and spicy :) So glad you liked them!

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Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings August 28, 2012 at 5:54 am

Love all the colors in the meal!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 28, 2012 at 10:17 am

Thanks Elizabeth! Enjoy! :)

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Didi August 29, 2012 at 8:07 am

Anjali, can I just tell you that I have recently made your original recipe for Healthy Breakfast Muffins and your Vegetable Lasagna, both for my daughter to freeze for when her baby is born (probably next week) and after signing up for your 7-day healthy eating plan (moments ago) I have been checking out all the recipes listed on that plan and many others you have. There isn’t a recipe that I wouldn’t make and love eating. Oh and they all look gorgeous!! I am a VERY picky eater (vegetarian that has replaced meats with SUGAR). Now I can replace that sugar with whole grains, yummy vegetables, delicious recipes. I LOVE your blog, healthy recipes, pictures, etc!!! Thank you SO much! My daughter now thanks you too! She IS a VERY healthy eater already but now has tons more of good recipes!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Oh thank you so much Didi!! I am so, so happy that you and your daughter are both enjoying my recipes! And it’s always fun to meet a fellow picky eater :) Good luck with everything once the baby comes – such an exciting time for you and your family!

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Dani June 6, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Oh, I can’t even begin to express the weight that has been lifted off my shoulders. I’m so happy I found your blog, and EXCELLENT recipes! I’m a carnivore attempting to go vegetarian, and it’s so difficult to not get overwhelmed at the lifestyle change. I think I will simply pick a new recipe from your blog every day and go from there. They are all so simple, and look absolutely delicious! Thank you for putting the time and effort into creating such a great resource for people like me =).
I look forward to trying all of these.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 10, 2014 at 7:53 am

Hi Dani! Thanks so much for your comment – it’s wonderful to “meet” you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my recipes – and that’s so awesome that you’re going vegetarian! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or feel overwhelmed at all as you start to make more of my recipes, and keep me posted on how they turn out! Thanks again!

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