Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce: a quick and easy vegetarian meal, loaded with flavor.

Meet my new obsession: Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce. Born out of my favorite Best Ever Mexican Black Beans, this meal is easy, quick, and seriously delicious.

avocado sauce

I love black beans in almost any form, but to me the real star of this recipe is the Avocado-Lime Sauce. Think of it as a cross between cilantro-lime dressing and guacamole. It’s absolutely perfect for dipping these tacos, or as a topping for burritos or salads.


black bean tacos

I always seem to have the ingredients for this recipe in my kitchen, so this one is perfect for weeknights when I’m short on time. I love that the tacos are rich and crunchy, and the sauce is packed with fresh flavors.

If you want to try a sour cream-based sauce, or maybe serve two different sauces, these black bean tacos also taste great with Chipotle Lime Crema.

This recipe makes 12 tacos – enough for 6 servings, plus a little extra sauce. If 12 tacos is too many, this recipe is really easy to cut in half. But is there really such a thing as too many tacos?

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Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Lime Sauce

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1 cup

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Calories per serving: 117

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Lime Sauce

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce: a quick and easy vegetarian meal, loaded with flavor.

Ingredients

    Crispy Black Bean Tacos:
  • 3 cups Best Ever Mexican Black Beans
  • 3/4 cups Mexican Cheese Blend
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, separated
  • Avocado Lime Sauce:
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded if desired
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

    For the tacos:
  1. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add two tortillas to the skillet and allow them to heat in the oil for about 10 seconds.
  3. Cover one side of each tortilla with 1/4 cup of beans, and top beans with 1 tablespoon Mexican Cheese Blend.
  4. Using a spatula, carefully fold the tortilla in half, on top of itself and press down with the spatula to shape the taco.
  5. Cook 3-4 minutes, then using a spatula flip the tacos and cook an additional 3-4 minutes, until lightly browned.
  6. Continue the process until all the tacos are done, adding additional oil as the pan dries out.
  7. Serve immediately.
  8. For the sauce:
  9. Add all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Notes

1 taco - 193 calories, 9g fat: 22g carbohydrates, 6g protein. 1/4 cup sauce - 117 calories, 13g fat, 3 Carbohydrates, 1g protein.

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Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce: a quick and easy vegetarian meal, loaded with flavor.
Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce: a quick and easy vegetarian meal, loaded with flavor.

Comments

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    Katie
    April 5, 2016

    Made this sauce tonight. SO good! I could eat it on anything.

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    Chelsea
    May 18, 2016

    I made this sauce and it was awful… I followed the recipe word for word. Hopefully it’s written right here.

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      Marsha Maxwell
      May 19, 2016

      Oh dear – I’m sorry the sauce did not turn out well for you! Most of our readers love it. The tacos are equally good with your favorite salsa or guacamole.

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      Kristyn
      September 9, 2016

      I agree. The sauce was extremely bitter from all the lime juice and I think the cilantro was a little overpowering as well. I would recommend adding each of these a little at a time until you get it just right for your liking.

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      Tom
      March 24, 2017

      Your cilantro may have been bad, maybe flipped sugar for salt? Happened to me before. Keep on cooking!

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    Nicole
    May 26, 2016

    Oh man, this recipe was stellar! I make a lot of recipes – my husband and I really like variety, and so I’ve made a lot of things, but this probably rated in our top ten list. My husband, who is pretty stingy with his compliments on food, said that this was really really good! Even my 18 month old loved it! The sauce, beans, and tacos are all amazing. I made the recipe exactly like it was written. I also loved how easy it was! I’m all about those kinds of recipes!

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    Stajah
    May 30, 2016

    Yum, these are delicious! I didn’t have taco seasoning so I made my own and I used queso blanco cheese – seriously the best taco ever. Thank you for sharing the recipe 🙂

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    Marsha Maxwell
    May 31, 2016

    Thanks, Stajah! I have some queso blanco that I want to use up, so I’m going to try that!

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    Suzanne
    June 12, 2016

    All of my sisters friends magically turned either vegetarian or vegan in the past 6 months, so this recipe was a godsend! So simple and absolutely delicious! Haven’t made the sauce yet but plan to do that later on tonight =)

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      Marsha Maxwell
      June 13, 2016

      Thanks, Suzanne! A lot of our friends are vegetarian or vegan too – another reason we love this recipe!

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    Jeff O'ROAK
    July 3, 2016

    Looks Great! What kind of Corn Tortilla are you using? They look really good?
    Thanks

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      Marsha Maxwell
      July 4, 2016

      Thanks, Jeff! They are Mission brand corn tortillas – just basic supermarket tortillas I can buy locally.

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    Caitlin M.
    July 16, 2016

    I don’t have mexican black beans, just simple black beans. Do I need to do anything special to dress them up??

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      Marsha Maxwell
      July 16, 2016

      Hi Caitlin – we flavor the black beans using our “Best Ever Mexican Black Beans” recipe. It’s super-easy. If you use plain beans, it’s fine, but the tacos will not taste as good.

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    Annamarie
    September 12, 2016

    Absolutely amazing. Followed recipe to the letter. Husband and 17 yo twins freaked out. Avocado sauce, home run. Thank you so much.

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    Shari
    November 18, 2016

    Why can’t I print the Crispy Black Bean Taco recipe?

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    Cyndi
    January 1, 2017

    I’d love to pack these for lunch…any idea how they would be the next day?

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      Marsha Maxwell
      January 1, 2017

      We’ve never had any make it to the next day – they all get eaten immediately! I think you should try it! Truth be told, they would probably taste great but not be as crispy.

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    Jenn
    January 29, 2017

    I’ve made this three times, and each time it just gets better. I use refried black beans (because I’m lazy) and spread the beans and cheese on the tortillas BEFORE putting them in the oil (burned myself pretty bad the first time I made these!) My husband LOVES them in spite of the lack of meat, and my vegetarian daughter is so happy that we now have a meatless taco night. Thank you! Lovely recipe.

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    Dana Osborne
    March 23, 2017

    Can this be done without putting them in the skillet? Trying to stay away from frying.

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      Marsha Maxwell
      March 24, 2017

      You could, but you won’t get the same texture. I’ve found it really doesn’t take much oil to get these crispy. A tablespoon or less of oil in the bottom of the pan is all it takes, and then add a little more for the next batch. You can use an oil sprayer if you have one.

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    Laurie
    March 31, 2017

    How long will the sauce last in the fridge?

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      Marsha Maxwell
      March 31, 2017

      In my experience, about 5 days. The lime juice keeps it fresh, but it will turn brown and lose flavor over time.

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    Jen
    April 1, 2017

    Can you leave out or reduce the oil in th sauce?

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      Marsha Maxwell
      April 2, 2017

      I have made the sauce with less oil before, and it turned out yummy but with a less creamy texture.

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    Monica
    April 11, 2017

    These were delicious! Thanks for sharing these great recipe! I look forward to exploring your site for more great ideas.

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