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Crisp Black Bean Vegetarian Tacos

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Both the tortillas and the black beans are pan-fried in a little oil to make them super crispy. Then, these Vegetarian Tacos are stuffed with toppings!

black bean vegetarian tacos topped with slaw on gray plate

Easiest Vegetarian Taco Recipe

These crispy black bean vegetarian tacos are definitely worth a try. Yes, I said black. bean. tacos. Not chicken tacos, not fish tacos, not even ground beef or ground turkey tacos. Black. bean. tacos. I know what you’re thinking, because I was thinking it too. We aren’t big fans of coleslaw at our house and the no meat thing was really kind of putting me on edge, but these crispy black bean tacos were surprisingly simple and absolutely delicious!

I know, you’re still asking “what about the meat??!!” Because really, what’s a taco without meat in it? Well, after making these vegetarian tacos I have to admit that, once again, I was wrong. Let me tell you, these were the absolute perfect solution for our hungry tummies. They are so easy to make and perfect for a 5-minute dinner.

Yes, that’s all it takes! Read it again if you need to but these little babies really do take only five minutes to prepare. What’s not to love about that?! This vegetarian taco recipe is so simple but really packs a lot of flavor. (You definitely won’t feel like you’re eating cardboard in a tortilla like some other bean recipes I’ve seen).

You could even add some of your additional favorite taco toppings to make them even more delicious. These little babies are perfect for busy nights when you just don’t have time to cook, or hot summer evenings when the last thing you want to do is spend hours preparing a meal and heating up your kitchen. Plus, you might have everything in your pantry and fridge already!

What’s Needed for Vegetarian Tacos?

To make these crispy black bean tacos, all you need is: 

  • Canned black beans
  • Cumin
  • Olive oil
  • Lime juice
  • Coleslaw mix
  • Avocado
  • Tomato 
  • Cilantro
  • Corn tortillas
  • Feta cheese

crispy vegetarian tacos on gray plate

How to Make Crispy Black Bean Tacos

These vegetarian tacos couldn’t be easier to make! Here are the basic steps to making this black bean taco recipe: 

  1. Mash together the black beans and cumin. 
  2. Toss together the coleslaw mix, olive oil, lime juice, avocado, tomato, and cilantro. 
  3. Heat more oil in a skillet, then place tortillas on top in single layer.
  4. Spoon bean mixture into tortillas, then fold in half. Cook until golden brown.
  5. Fill the crispy vegetarian tacos with slaw mixture and feta.

Can I Use Another Type of Bean?

There really isn’t a good substitute for black beans, because of their high protein content. Pinto beans are similar in texture and taste. And Great Northern beans will also work, but the color will not be the same.

Can I Use Flour Tortillas? 

You probably can, but we prefer using corn tortillas since they crisp up well without needing to use much oil. 

Tips for Making Crispy Vegetarian Tacos

We seasoned the black beans simply with cumin. Feel free to use your favorite taco seasoning instead or play around with the flavors. 

Ditto with the taco toppings. We love the homemade slaw, but amp up the taco toppings to suit your taste. Hot sauce, shredded cheese, and pickled jalapeño would all be good additions! 

Because these black bean tacos come together so quickly, we don’t recommend prepping them in advance. They’re best fresh while they’re still crispy. 


Crispy Black Bean Vegetarian Tacos

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Crisp Black Bean Vegetarian Tacos sound a little boring, and I get that, but you'd be missing out if you didn't try them. The flavor is incredible!!

Crispy Black Bean Vegetarian Tacos

4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 4
Both the tortillas and the black beans are pan-fried in a little oil to make them super crispy. Then, the Vegetarian Tacos are stuffed with toppings!


  • 15 ounce black beans , drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin ground
  • 5 teaspoons olive oil , divided
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice fresh
  • 2 cups coleslaw mix
  • 1 Avocado , chopped
  • 1 Tomato , chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro chopped fresh
  • 4 tortillas white or yellow corn
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • Bottled chipotle hot sauce or other hot sauce


  • Place beans and cumin in small bowl; partially mash.
  • Mix 2 teaspoons olive oil and lime juice in medium bowl; add coleslaw, avocado, tomato, and cilantro and toss to coat.
  • Season slaw to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 3 teaspoons olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add tortillas in single layer.
  • Spoon 1/4 of bean mixture onto half of each tortilla; cook 1 minute.
  • Fold tacos in half. Cook until golden brown, about 1 minute per side.
  • Fill tacos with feta and slaw and eat up!


black bean tacos should be eaten fresh
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Black Bean Vegetarian Tacos
Amount Per Serving (2 tacos)
Calories 405 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 359mg16%
Potassium 823mg24%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 518IU10%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 149mg15%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Crisp Black Bean Vegetarian Tacos sound a little boring, and I get that, but you'd be missing out if you didn't try them. The flavor is incredible!!

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  • My husband and I absolutely L O V E this recipe! We have been making it for years since coming across the recipe on Pinterest. I was very skeptical about black beans being the main event in a taco, but I was wrong. So delicious. 🙂 Thank you.

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    • Thank you Lindsey!!! We love when people love our older recipes! Thank you for the support for all these years!

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  • What is the calorie count? is 183 per taco?
    Thank you!

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    • Hi Dee! Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention and sorry for the confusion! I have updated the nutrition information on these so it will be 334 calories for 2 tacos.

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  • I have a packed of dry black beans but the recipe calls for a can. How much dry should I use, please?

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    • Hey Daphne! You will want just a little less than 2 cups of cooked black beans for this recipe. So you’ll want to soak and cook your dried beans first. Enjoy!!

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  • These are so yummy!  Nice, easy meal!  

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    • Thank you!

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  • I don’t see the recipe, either. They look delicious! Help?

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    • Oh dear, we’ve checked and checked and we see it. Can you show us a screenshot?

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  • Can’t find the actual recipe!!!

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  • I would be all over this. I love tacos. I think the slaw sounds fantastic.

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  • I'm trying to cook healthier meals and this looks great!

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