Crunchy Bean Tacos

Readers, meet my new favorite weeknight meal! I feel like I could eat this once a week for the next year (and Joel concurs!)!

A couple of months ago, we had dinner at our music minister and his wife’s house. She made us their family’s favorite bean tacos and we immediately fell in love. Corn tortillas filled with mashed up beans, then fried until golden and crispy. Super, super yummy. It didn’t take long for me to recreate the recipe in my own kitchen and we were just as enamored with them the second time! This is a great meatless option that requires little effort. Turn your Taco Night on its head this week and give these a try!

Crunchy Bean Tacos 2

Crunchy Bean Tacos

1 can black beans
12 corn tortillas
small handful chopped cilantro
1 1/2 tablespoons salsa
1/4 teaspoon salt
shredded cheddar cheese
vegetable oil

In a small bowl, mash the black beans with the back of a fork; stir in the cilantro, salsa, and salt. Set aside.

Wrap the tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds or so, to make them more pliable. Spread a big spoonful of the bean mixture on one side of the tortilla, top with a sprinkle of cheese, then fold over to make a taco. Once all your tacos are assembled, heat a tablespoon or so of oil in a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Place 2 or 3 tacos in the oil and cook for about a minute or two on each side, until crispy and slightly browned (if you undercook them, they’ll be chewy). Repeat with the rest of the tacos (you may need to add more oil in between batches). Serve with guacamole and salsa. Serves 3-4.

Recipe source: adapted from our friends’ family recipe



  1. Mmm these sound so good!! Love this recipe!


    Comment by Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 30, 2013 @ 11:24 AM

  2. This looks delicious!


    Comment by nessa — May 30, 2013 @ 5:02 PM

  3. Can’t wait to try these for dinner tonight, seems like it’ll be quick and delicious!


    Comment by Ashley — June 4, 2013 @ 3:22 PM

  4. Where I live, corn tortillas don’t exist. Isn’t that crazy? So I wasn’t sure how these would turn out with the regular tortillas, but oh my, am I ever glad I went ahead and made them anyway, because they are incredible! There is always one child who won’t eat a meal but they both gobbled this one up. Yay! My oldest of course telling me how gross it was as she was inhaling it. I try to have at least one meatless meal a week and with how fast and easy this was to prepare, I think it will be a weekly meal for us. Thanks Amy!


    Comment by Heather R — June 13, 2013 @ 4:02 PM

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