Crispy Black Bean Tacos

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Tacos meet quesadillas in this Crispy Black Bean Tacos recipe! These delicious vegetarian tacos start with a simple black bean filling made with fragrant aromatics, spices, & chipotle peppers for kick of smoky heat. Tuck the filling into warm corn tortillas with a handful of cheese, then pop them on a sheet pan to bake until the tacos are crispy, golden-brown, & oozing with gooey melted cheese. A weeknight-friendly dinner made with pantry staples, ready in 45 minutes max!

Naturally vegetarian. Easily vegan & dairy-free.

Three crispy black bean tacos rest atop a white ceramic plate. One of the tacos is torn in half. Taco toppings surround the tacos including lime wedges, guacamole, and pickled red onions. Loose cilantro leaves, and a blue and white striped linen napkin surround the plate while the plate sits atop a creamy white textured surface.

Easy Black Bean Tacos with a Crispy Quesadilla Twist!

We’re pretty obsessed with plant-based tacos here at PWWB…and apparently so are you!

Some of PWWB’s most popular and well-loved recipes include Black Bean Quinoa Tacos, Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Tacos, and Cauliflower Lentil Tacos and these Crispy Black Bean Tacos are our newest plant-based taco obsession.

They’re part taco, part quesadilla, and 100% insanely good. I know you’ll love them just as much as we do!

Easy vegetarian tacos stuffed with a flavorful black bean filling and melty cheese, then baked on a sheet pan until golden and crispy.

This quick and easy vegetarian dinner starts by zhuzhing up humble canned black beans with simple taco spices and smoky chipotles to create a black bean taco filling that’s equally satisfying and flavorful.

The meatless taco filling is tucked into corn tortillas with a little cheese and the tacos are baked on a sheet pan, creating a golden and crisp exterior with a cheesy filling while baking in the oven.

A Meatless Monday AND Taco Tuesday win!

Four tacos arranged on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The baking sheet sits atop a creamy white textured surface. Cilantro and lime wedges surround the tacos both on the baking sheet and on the surface surrounding the baking sheet. A small ceramic bowl filled with pickled red onions, a blue and white striped linen napkin, and a small white bowl filled with guacamole also surrounds the baking sheet.
Perfect for easy entertaining, game day bites, or weeknight meals – these crispy tacos are always a hit!

Taco Night Prep Tips

Before you get started, I highly recommend gathering and prepping all your ingredients. Once you begin cooking, these tacos come together super quickly – there won’t be too much time to multi-task. Chopping and measuring in advance will only take 5 minutes tops – totally worth it. Check out the Recipe Notes, below, for more meal prep tips!

An overhead shot of ingredients arranged on a creamy white textured surface: yellow onion, garlic, chipotle pepper, tomato paste, chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, black beans, vegetable broth, lime, corn tortillas, Pepper Jack cheese.
Canned black beans shine in these baked tacos alongside flavorful spices and aromatics, melty cheese and crispy tortillas!

How to Make Crispy Black Bean Tacos

The secret to making simple meals taste great is to build tons of incredible flavor into every component of the dish. This is especially true for plant-based dishes, which don’t have the built-in rich, umami flavor of animal protein. Keep this in mind as you make these tacos – every step of seasoning makes a big difference!

Black bean taco filling in a Zwilling Madura Plus Non-stick frying pan. A wooden spoon rests inside of the skillet and the skillet sits atop a creamy white textured surface.
Simple canned black beans are refried on the stovetop along with aromatics and vegetable stock.
A side angle shot of black bean taco filling inside of a black non-stick frying pan. A wooden spoon rests inside of the skillet and the skillet sits atop a creamy white textured surface.
A squeeze of lime juice brightens up the refried bean mixture for a meatless taco filling that’s full of flavor.
10 assembled black bean tacos arranged on a baking sheet. 9 of the tacos have been assembled with the tortillas folded, while one remains unfolded revealing the black bean mixture spread on one side of the tortillas with Pepper Jack cheese sprinkled over top. The baking sheet rests atop a creamy white textured surface.
Fill and gently fold the tortillas to prevent cracking. They’ll naturally fall as the tacos bake creating crispy taco shells.
1

Cook the aromatics. Sauté onions until soft and golden-brown, then stir in garlic, chipotle pepper, spices, and tomato paste and cook until the mixture is super fragrant. Why? ⇢ Canned black beans are packed with protein, but a little bland all on their own. Adding a few aromatics and spices is key!

2

Build the black bean filling. Add black beans to the skillet, then add the vegetable stock – the liquid helps create a soft taco filling consistency. Lightly mash the black beans with a wooden spoon to bind everything together, then let the mixture simmer and absorb all of the flavors. Taco Tip! ⇢ After a few minutes, squeeze fresh lime juice over the black bean mixture to brighten up all the flavors. 

3

Steam the tortillas. Wrap corn tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for about 30 seconds. Why? ⇢ The wet paper towels create steam and add moisture back into the tortillas, which makes them more pliable and prevents cracking or breaking. 

4

Assemble the tacos. Lightly coat a large rimmed baking sheet with oil. Place the warm tortillas on the sheet, flipping them a few times to coat in oil. From there, build the black bean tacos: spread the black bean mixture over half of each tortilla, sprinkle cheese on top (or vegan cheese if you prefer!), and fold the tortillas into a taco, with the filling and cheese nestled inside. 

5

Bake! When you transfer the sheet pan to a hot oven, the oiled tortillas turn golden brown, puff up, and get nice and crispy. Halfway through baking, carefully flip the tacos so both sides toast evenly! Taco Tip! ⇢ Give the tacos a few minutes to cool once they come out of the oven – this helps the black bean mixture set and also adds a final bit of crispiness.

Four tacos arranged on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The baking sheet sits atop a creamy white textured surface. Cilantro and lime wedges surround the tacos both on the baking sheet and on the surface surrounding the baking sheet. A small ceramic bowl filled with pickled red onions, a blue and white striped linen napkin, and a small white bowl filled with guacamole also surrounds the baking sheet.
These tacos are perfect for topping with all your favorites – guacamole, pickled red onions, cilantro, fresh squeezed lime, and anything else your heart desires!
Four crispy black bean tacos arranged on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The baking sheet sits atop a creamy white textured surface. Cilantro and lime wedges surround the tacos both on the baking sheet and a few loose pieces of cilantro rest on the surface surrounding the baking sheet. A blue and white striped linen napkin is tucked alongside the baking sheet.
For an extra-crispy finish, let the tacos cool on the sheet pan for a few minutes after baking.

Step-by-Step Video

Serving Suggestions

Serve the crispy black bean tacos fresh from the oven. My favorite way to enjoy a taco dinner is to arrange a spread of taco toppings that everyone can mix and match and enjoy.

“More is more” is pretty much my motto when it comes to taco toppings! You really can’t go wrong, but some of my favorites are…

  • Avocado – I love piling a thick layer of smashed avocado on any taco (made with mashed avocado, lemon juice, and salt). It’s super easy to throw together and the creaminess and brightness of the avocado balances the spiciness of the black beans perfectly. Mashed avocado is kind of like a cheater guacamole – bonus points if you actually whip up a batch of guacamole instead!
  • Chopped cilantro – A small amount of fresh cilantro adds bright, fresh flavor and a picture perfect garnish. 
  • Salsa – Pick your fave jarred salsa, whip up a quick pico de gallo, or try this vegan creamy salsa verde
  • Homemade slaw – My everyday simple slaw adds a light and crunchy bite to the black bean tacos. Plus it’s super flexible, with tons of variations.
  • Pickled red onions – A quick and easy way to add a tangy zip to your tacos. My quick AF pickled red onions are seriously quick – less than 5 minutes to prep!

Leftover Tip!

If you have any leftover black bean filling, feel free to use it in something else besides a taco! The black bean filling is super versatile. Use it in a burrito, make a rice bowl, or serve it on nachos. Same topping recommendations still apply! 

A side angle shot of three crispy black bean tacos rest atop a white ceramic plate. One of the tacos is torn in half. Taco toppings surround the plated tacos including lime wedges, guacamole, and pickled red onions. Loose cilantro leaves and a blue and white striped linen napkin surround the plate while the plate sits atop a creamy white textured surface.
Our favorite part of taco night is all the delicious toppings! Guacamole, pickled red onions, fresh chopped cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice are all tasty options!

I can’t wait for you to try these Crispy Black Bean Tacos! They’re so quick, so easy, and so satisfying – I know you’ll love them as much as we do!

If you do give them a try, be sure to let us know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo and tag @playswellwithbutter on Instagram. We LOVE seeing your PWWB creations!

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Three crispy black bean tacos rest atop a white ceramic plate. One of the tacos is torn in half. Taco toppings surround the tacos including lime wedges, guacamole, and pickled red onions. Loose cilantro leaves, and a blue and white striped linen napkin surround the plate while the plate sits atop a creamy white textured surface.

Crispy Sheet Pan Black Bean Tacos (Vegetarian)

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  • Author: Jess Larson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: Tacos, Burritos & Enchiladas Recipes
  • Method: Stovetop, Baked
  • Cuisine: Mexican & Tex-Mex, American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Tacos meet quesadillas in these Crispy Black Bean Tacos! Tuck a hearty and flavorful black bean taco filling in warm corn tortillas with a handful of pepper jack, then pop them on a sheet pan to bake until they’re crispy, golden-brown, and oozing with gooey melted cheese.

A weeknight-friendly dinner made with pantry staples, ready in 45 minutes max. Naturally vegetarian, easily vegan and dairy-free!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • optional: chipotle pepper (from a can, packed in adobo sauce), finely chopped OR 1 tablespoon adobo sauce for less spice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • two 14-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup vegetable broth or stock
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 810 corn tortillas
  • 6 ounces Pepper Jack or melty cheese of choice, freshly shredded
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper, to season
  • for serving, as desired: shredded lettuce, mashed avocado or guacamolesour cream or cashew cremapickled red onions, chopped cilantrosalsa of choice, lime wedges, etc.

Instructions

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F, ensuring a rack is positioned in the center of the oven. Gather and prep all ingredients according to Ingredients List, above – once you begin cooking, these black bean tacos come together very quickly so it’s helpful to get any chopping and measuring done ahead of time.Crispy Black Bean Taco ingredients arranged on a creamy white textured surface: yellow onion, garlic, chipotle pepper, tomato paste, chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, black beans, vegetable broth, lime, corn tortillas, Pepper Jack cheese.
  2. Sauté the onion: Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a medium skillet over medium heat. Once hot and shimmering, add the onion. Season with 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and fragrant, 3-4 minutes.Yellow onion sautéed in olive oil inside of a black non-stick skillet. A wooden spoon rests inside of the skillet used for stirring. The skillet sits atop a creamy white textured surface.
  3. Toast aromatics: Stir in the garlic and chipotle. Cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in the chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, and tomato paste. Stir, coating the onion. Cook 1-2 minutes longer, until very fragrant.A mixture of softened onions, chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, and tomato paste are combined a black non-stick skillet and allowed to cook until fragrant. A wooden spoon rests inside of the skillet for stirring. The skillet sits atop a creamy white textured surface.
  4. Make the black bean taco filling: Add the black beans to the skillet, stirring to combine with the aromatics. Cook, stirring occasionally, until warm, 1-2 minutes. Add the vegetable stock, increasing heat to bring the mixture to a simmer. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to mash the black beans slightly, binding everything together. If needed, cook 1-2 minutes longer to thicken slightly. Squeeze the lime juice over the black bean mixture. Taste and season with additional kosher salt and ground black pepper as desired. Remove from the heat and set aside for taco assembly.A side angle shot of black bean taco filling for Crispy Black Bean tacos inside of a black non-stick frying pan. A wooden spoon rests inside of the skillet and the skillet sits atop a creamy white textured surface.
  5. Warm the tortillas: Meanwhile, as the black bean filling cooks, prep the tortillas. Wrap the corn tortillas in a damp paper towel. Microwave 30 seconds to steam the tortillas, making them pliable enough for taco assembly. Remove from the microwave and set aside.A stack of warmed corn tortillas sits atop damp paper towels. The paper towels sit atop a creamy white textured surface.
  6. Assemble the black bean tacos: Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil across the surface of a large rimmed baking sheet. Place the warmed tortillas on the baking sheet, flipping them one or two times to get a nice light coating of oil on both sides. Spread the black been mixture over half of each tortilla, then sprinkle the cheese over top. Fold the tortillas, creating a taco around the black bean and cheese filling. I like to carefully flip the tacos at this point, so the cheese side is facing down.10 assembled black bean tacos arranged on a baking sheet. 9 of the tacos have been assembled with the tortillas folded, while one remains unfolded revealing the black bean mixture spread on one side of the tortillas with Pepper Jack cheese sprinkled over top. The baking sheet rests atop a creamy white textured surface.
  7. Bake the black bean tacos: Transfer the sheet pan to the oven and bake the tacos 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Working quickly and carefully, use a spatula to flip the tacos. Return to the oven and bake 8-10 minutes longer, until golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to cool 2-3 minutes – the tacos will get even crispier as they cool.Four crispy black bean tacos arranged on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The baking sheet sits atop a creamy white textured surface. Cilantro and lime wedges surround the tacos both on the baking sheet and on the surface surrounding the baking sheet. A small ceramic bowl filled with pickled red onions, a blue and white striped linen napkin, and a small white bowl filled with guacamole also surrounds the baking sheet.
  8. Serve: Serve the crispy black bean tacos warm, finishing with toppings of choice – cashew crema, chopped cilantro, lime juice, salsa, or any other toppings your taco-lovin’ heart desires. Enjoy!Three crispy black bean tacos rest atop a white ceramic plate. One of the tacos is torn in half. Taco toppings surround the tacos including lime wedges, guacamole, and pickled red onions. Loose cilantro leaves, and a blue and white striped linen napkin surround the plate while the plate sits atop a creamy white textured surface.

Notes

  • Storage and reheating: These crispy black bean tacos are best served fresh out of the oven, though leftovers will keep, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days. For crispiest results, reheat for 5-10 minutes in a 250 degree F oven or on the stovetop (quesadilla-style) until warmed through.
  • Corn tortillas: To help ensure your crispy chicken tacos do not crack as they bake, look for corn tortillas that are a little thinner and do not appear dry or crumbly. I’ve had good success using the Mission Corn Tortillas labeled “super soft” – yellow or white corn is fine, use whatever you love!
  • 10-Minute Meal Prep: These black bean tacos come together really quickly once you get to cooking! To make this an even faster weeknight dinner, eliminate all active prep time by prepping a few ingredients in advance:
    • Dice 1 small yellow onion. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days (<5 minutes active prep).
    • Grate 8 ounces cheese. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days (<5 minutes active prep).
    • Prep taco toppings. Prep a batch of cashew crema, a batch of quick pickled red onions, or whatever taco night fixings you love most! (Active prep time varies.)

Recipe and Food Styling by Jess Larson, Plays Well With Butter | Photography by Rachel Cook, Half Acre House.

Four tacos arranged on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The baking sheet sits atop a creamy white textured surface. Cilantro and lime wedges surround the tacos both on the baking sheet and on the surface surrounding the baking sheet. A small ceramic bowl filled with pickled red onions, a blue and white striped linen napkin, and a small white bowl filled with guacamole also surrounds the baking sheet.
Three crispy black bean tacos rest atop a white ceramic plate. One of the tacos is torn in half. Taco toppings surround the plated tacos including lime wedges, guacamole, and pickled red onions. The plate sits atop a creamy white textured surface.

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Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

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  1. 2.27.24
    Stef said:

    Exceeded my expectations. Absolutely delicious. I did these with vegan cheese and worked perfectly. I didn’t put the chipotle pepper because I made a chipotle sauce to dip these in.






    • 2.28.24
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      So glad to hear that, Stef! And would LOVE to try that chipotle sauce! 🙂

  2. 2.15.24
    Franchesca said:

    These are now a staple in our dinner rotations. So delicious!






    • 2.15.24
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      They’re a staple for us, too!! So glad you enjoy them, Franchesca!

  3. 1.31.24
    Alexis said:

    I am a cook so I tweaked mine just a bit but it’s overall a tasty recipe!






    • 2.1.24
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Alexis! 🙂

  4. 1.26.24
    Taylor said:

    I’ve made black bean tacos that were so-so (dry, not that flavourful), but really loved this one. Perfectly spiced and easily adaptable. I added red peppers and used hot sauce in lieu of chipotles. Adding this to my recipe rotation!






    • 1.29.24
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      So glad to hear you loved these tacos as much as we do, Taylor! Adding red peppers is a great call 🙂

  5. 1.8.24
    Stephanie said:

    One of the best things I have ever eaten. Seriously. I’ve been vegan for 34 years and have had a lot of tacos but these are incredible and work well with vegan cheese. (But also tasty without the cheese). The only other things I did differently were to omit the lime just due to personal preference and I added frozen corn to the mix. I will perfect my technique in the future, but even with the filling spilling out and the tortillas not cooperating, they were amazing. Thank you, this recipe will become a staple in our vegan home.






    • 1.9.24
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Stephanie, this is one of our staples as well, and we’re so happy to hear that you and your family love it too! Adding frozen corn is an excellent idea, too! 🙂 Thanks so much for the review!

  6. 1.7.24
    Chelsea said:

    Hi, if I made extra of the black bean filling, would it freeze well? Trying to have some prepped meals on hand

    • 1.8.24
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Chelsea, the bean mixture would freeze well & keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. You could definitely prep the filling beforehand then thaw & assemble the tacos for baking when ready to eat. 🙂

  7. 12.5.23
    Cliff Oates said:

    I followed the recipe (with a somewhat heavy hand with the chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce) and the filling is delicious. This is a terrific meatless option and I will be making this recipe again. I prefer using Mission Foods taco-size whole wheat tortillas rather than corn tortillas for their fiber content (5 grams per tortilla). 3 minutes per side at 450 degrees is all they needed in the oven to be slightly crisp, yet pliable enough to let me open them up and add shredded romaine, diced tomato, salsa, and sour cream. Yummy!

    • 12.10.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      We definitely approve of being a little heavy-handed with the peppers! 🙂 Glad to hear you enjoyed these tacos as much as we do, Cliff!

  8. 10.11.23
    Madi said:

    Omg, I recently fell in love with beans again and found this recipe on YouTube. My whole family gobbled them up and asked me to make them again this week. I cant wait to try some of your other recipes as well. 10/10 would recommend, as its tasty, easy to make and clean up was a breeze too.

    • 10.12.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Madi, we’re so glad to hear you loved these tacos! This is one of our FAVORITE weeknight recipes! Thanks for stopping by PWWB, we hope you’ll stick around! 🙂

  9. 10.1.23
    Kay said:

    Very tasty
    The whole family enjoyed these

    • 10.2.23
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      We are so glad to hear that, Kay! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment!

  10. 9.19.23
    Robyn said:

    My husband and I are trying to incorporate more vegetarian meals into our diet and this one is a winner! We used flour tortillas instead of corn because we already had them in the pantry but we have to try corn tortillas next. The black bean filling is so flavorful and the texture was lovely. This is a recipe that will be on repeat in our house!






    • 9.19.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      We’re so glad to hear that, Robyn! We’re always looking for veggie-based options as well. Thanks so much for leaving a review!

  11. 9.12.23
    Natasha said:

    These were really good with great flavor. Very easy to make and husband approved. Definitely adding to the list of good meals for our taco tuesdays.

    How long will the filling by itself keep in the fridge? We had a good bit left over.

    • 9.13.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Natasha, so glad you and your husband loved the tacos! You can definitely keep the filling in your fridge for a few days 🙂

      • 9.17.23
        Andrea said:

        These are not dairy-free as stated. Last time i check cheese is still dairy. I know you can eliminate the cheese but you should not be calling this dairy-free and then list cheese in the ingredients

        • 9.18.23
          Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

          Hi Andrea, we apologize if this caused any confusion! We include the “easily vegan & dairy-free” note for people who want to adapt a recipe to be dairy-free. To find recipes that are completely dairy-free, you can filter recipes by diet on our All Recipes page. Hope that’s helpful! 🙂

        • 9.20.23
          Mitochondria said:

          Spectacular! You really do not miss the meat and I am a meat lover. I use vegan cheese in these and it’s a perfect blend of crunch, flavor and ooze!






          • 9.20.23
            Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

            So happy to hear you loved them! Thank you for the review!

    • 9.13.23
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Natasha! We’re so glad you loved these tacos as much as we do – the leftovers will keep, stored in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 3 days!

  12. 9.10.23
    Sarah Lanfear said:

    HI! These look delicious! Do you know if they can be made with pinto beans? I cannot tolerate black beans very well.

    • 9.11.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Sarah, we haven’t made these tacos with pinto beans, but you can definitely swap them out with the black beans! Make sure to let us know how it turns out for you!

  13. 8.27.23
    Alicia said:

    Halved the recipe to make 4, added some vegan cheese instead. My god. This is the best thing I’ve ever made with my own two hands (and a recipe). I would eat 10 of these.






    • 8.28.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Alicia, we’re SO glad the tacos turned out great for you – this is one of our favorite recipes, too! Thanks so much for the kind review!

  14. 8.19.23
    TAJI KOMMINENI said:

    I made this recipe with the following alterations:
    1. Flour tortillas (it’s what I prefer)
    2. Crumbled tofu to increase protein
    3. No cheese (to reduce saturated fat)
    4. Broiled in toasted at 450 (careful not to burn)

    Loved the recipe and my alterations. I saw the photo on your recipe and that is what sold me. I will 100% be making these over and over again.






    • 8.21.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Taji, thanks so much for your review, and your adaptations sound delicious!! So happy to hear you enjoyed the tacos as much as we do 🙂

  15. 8.3.23
    Steph said:

    Fantastic flavor! Groceries are expensive these days, so trying to experiment with more vegetarian/bean options to help with costs. We will be making these again for sure!






    • 8.4.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Thanks, Steph! These tacos are a GREAT budget-friendly dinner!! It’s one of our faves, too 🙂

  16. 7.22.23
    Mary said:

    I won’t rate this recipe yet, but I plan on doing that this coming weekend. I did have a suggestion for the people who’s tortillas crack and break. I would try turning it into a quesadilla instead of folding it over. When it’s done cooking just cut it in half.

    • 7.24.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Mary, can’t wait to hear what you think of the tacos! Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  17. 7.20.23
    Lynda said:

    Oh my goodness! These are delicious! Thank you for sharing!






    • 7.21.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      So glad you enjoyed them, Lynda!

  18. 7.10.23
    Ashley said:

    This was sooooo good! Even my fiancé who is not a huge fan of back beans or corn tortillas loved this!

    I served with the pickled red onion, cashew creama, shredded cabbage, avocado, and hot sauce. Perfect!!






    • 7.11.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Ashley, thanks so much for the kind review! So happy to hear the tacos were a hit with your fiance, too!! 🙂

  19. 6.16.23
    Jen said:

    Love love love this recipe! So satisfying and tasty. I like to make the filling ahead, it makes the process even faster at meal time. Perfect meatless meal!






    • 6.20.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Making the filling ahead of time is such a great way to save time!! So glad to hear you love these tacos as much as we do, Jen!

  20. 5.29.23
    Laura said:

    Absolutely delicious!! Thank you for this great recipe!!






    • 5.30.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Laura!!

  21. 5.4.23
    Chantelle said:

    These tacos are delicious, but this method was a total fail!

    I followed the recipe precisely and my tortillas all split entirely down the spine while baking in the oven.

    Thankfully I purchased two packs of tortillas and was able to salvage the filling and redo.

    I highly recommend pan frying these. Take your tortilla, sprinkle a bit of water on each side and toss into a heated non stick skillet. Flip over and then fill half of the tortilla and close. Spray or brush a little oil on each side while flipping and it’s perfect. No cracks, no mess and no waste.






    • 5.5.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Chantelle, we’re glad you enjoyed the tacos, but sorry to hear you had trouble with the tortillas! It can definitely take a bit of trial and error to get the hang of. What brand of tortillas did you use? We’ve had great luck with the Mission corn tortillas that are labeled “super soft!” To help make any tortillas a bit more pliable, steam them by wrapping in damp paper towels & microwaving for about 30 seconds – this should help! If you did attempt the quick microwave steam, maybe test giving your tortillas just a bit longer or letting them sit in the damp paper towel for a bit after microwaving to help soak up a bit more moisture. Skillet frying works great too, we just love how quickly you can make a big batch of tacos in the oven! 🙂

      • 5.5.23
        Chantelle said:

        Yeah, I followed all of those directions exactly and am not a rookie in the kitchen… so it was really disappointing to have that happen to so many tortillas and have to redo them all and waste an entire package of corn tortillas.

        I would just say use caution if you’re doing that oven method and to have backup tortillas and filling because it’s definitely not reliable.

        • 5.5.23

          Hi Chantelle – So sorry to hear it was a disappointment & thanks for sharing your tips. In my experience, cracking can happen with this style of baked taco but it’s not something I personally mind when it happens, as the filling gets really crispy around the cracked edges. Regardless, it’s never fun to be disappointed when you’re excited about a recipe & I’m sorry that happened here.

          Jess

    • 10.7.23
      Marcie said:

      I bake mine in the oven, but keep the tortillas flat until they are done and crispy. It’s also helpful to add the cheese to the flat tortilla first, then the bean mixture. Fold it after baking, it will have more pliability. Then add your toppings.

      • 10.9.23
        Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

        This is a great tip, thanks Chantelle!! 🙂

  22. 5.1.23
    Roberta said:

    These were a crowd-pleaser and I was the only vegan in the bunch. I did have trouble with the tortillas breaking even though I followed your suggestion w/ microwave. I just read your reply to someone with same experience so next time I’ll leave tortillas in damp towel longer. I’ll also try using same brands – Mission Corn Tortillas or the ones from Aldi.
    I doubled the recipe since serving size was only 4. Well, that made A LOT of filling! No worries, it’s almost all gone.
    I also made your pickled red onions. Yum! And super easy. I did add a smidge more sweetener.
    Thank you!






    • 5.1.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hey Roberta! We’re so happy to head that the tacos were a crowd-pleaser for vegans and non-vegans alike!! Definitely let us know if the tortilla tricks help you out for next time!! 🙂

      • 5.3.23
        Lisa Needham said:

        These were very good and easy to make. I made some adjustments, using 1 can of black beans and 1 can of refried black beans for the filling, using the juice of the black beans instead of the broth, using some of the paste from the can of chipotles instead of the tomato paste and omitting the lime juice. I feel the flavor from the spices and the chipotle overpower any broth, tomato paste and lime juice flavor. There was also no need for salt or pepper. I served it with cilantro, homemade salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese and lettuce for a full meal. I used 8in flour tortillas, and it made 7 or 8 tacos. We will be making these again. I may switch things up and use it for burrito filling along with some rice and lettuce (and cheese and sour cream!), just so we can have another option for this black bean mixture. Thank you for a delicious and easy recipe.






        • 5.4.23
          Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

          Hi Lisa! Those sound like great modifications! Happy to hear the black bean tacos turned out great for you!

      • 11.6.23
        Katie said:

        Any idea why the filling spilled out of mine after the first 8 minutes? I just flipped them and am sure they’ll taste great, just wondering what may have gone wrong!

        • 11.7.23
          Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

          Hi Katie, this can definitely be a messy recipe!! We have a few tips and tricks to help with the corn tortillas, since they’re definitely prone to breaking (like steaming them in the microwave in a damp paper towel) – but the other factor would be how full your tacos are! Next time, you could try using a bit less filling in each of the tacos, which would help with the spillage 🙂 Hope that helps, and we hope they were delicious!

  23. 4.22.23
    Hannah Szabo said:

    Loved this dish. So quick and yummy! I love spicy aspects. For my kids I just did some refried beans in the same sort of tortilla and he loved it.






    • 4.24.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hey Hannah! Such a great idea to adapt for kiddos!! We’re happy to hear you loved the tacos!

  24. 4.5.23
    Rosa said:

    These are soooooo good! My husband, who loves meat, was pleasantly surprised and suggested we make them again, which we did! They are going to be on our regular meal rotation!






    • 4.5.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Rosa, so glad to hear that!! Creating meatless recipes that even meat-lovers love is one of our favorite things to do!! Thanks for your review! 🙂

      • 5.5.23
        Tatiana said:

        Amazing! Thank you! I used homemade red lentil tortillas instead and it came out delicious.
        I will definitely make more soon.

        • 5.8.23
          Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

          Homemade tortillas sound delicious, Tatiana!! So glad the recipe turned out great for you!

  25. 4.4.23
    Krissy said:

    These were so good, thanks for the recipe! Made them exactly as instructed and will be making them again soon.






    • 4.5.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Krissy, thanks for your review!! So happy you loved the tacos!

  26. 3.27.23
    Thelma Wallett said:

    We LOVED this recipe! It reminded me of Salvadoran rice flour pupusas. Thank you!






    • 3.27.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Thelma, so glad to hear you loved this recipe!! Thanks for the kind review!! 😊

  27. 3.19.23
    Rina said:

    Great family recipe! Can be easily customized also!






    • 3.20.23
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Thanks Rina, we totally agree!! 🙂

    • 3.26.23
      Nichole said:

      I’m a vegan but my husband isn’t. I decided to try these tacos, vegetarian for him and vegan for me. BLOWN AWAY!!! Hubby compared these to restaurant tacos. They were amazing and easy to make.






      • 3.27.23

        So thrilled to hear that, Nichole! We love creating meatless recipes that appeal to vegetarians, vegans, and meat-lovers alike! So glad you both enjoyed it!

  28. 3.19.23
    Barbara said:

    These are ridiculously delicious and such a quick dinner to pull together! The flavor in the bean filling is out of this world! I ended up doing a light pan fry instead of cooking them in the oven (my smoke alarm goes whenever my oven goes over 400 degrees). They crisped right up in the skillet and were absolute perfection. Highly recommend this recipe!!






    • 3.20.23
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Barbara! So so glad you loved them as much as we do & that you were able to adjust the recipe to work for you! 🙂

  29. 2.22.23
    Debra said:

    I made theses for my family. They are great!






    • 2.22.23
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Thanks so much, Debra! So glad the whole family enjoyed!!

  30. 2.20.23
    Mitochondria said:

    We loved these! Added some guacamole and some raw chopped up red onions. Also I made lime crema. So good!! I might try them with some corn inside next time for more crunch and texture. Today I’ll even more raw onions inside at the end of reheating. We’re flexitarians, and didn’t miss the meat at all.






    • 2.20.23
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      So glad you enjoyed these!! We love the idea of adding corn – it sounds similar to our Black Bean Tostadas with Charred Corn recipe which you might like to check out. Thanks so much for leaving a comment, it means so much!

  31. 2.8.23
    Allison Olshefke said:

    These were amazing! We used two peppers because we love spice, and paired them with some adobo ranch. One of the best things I’ve ever made






    • 2.9.23
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Allison! We’re so glad to hear that they were a hit – thank you so much for leaving a comment & rating!

  32. 11.8.22
    B said:

    y’all. so easy, so good. the filling as leftovers is a versatile dream. 10/10 recommend.

    • 11.10.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Thanks so much! We’re so glad you loved them!!

  33. 11.3.22
    Jess said:

    Delicious even though my tortillas fell apart and beans and cheese everywhere






    • 11.4.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Jess! We’re so glad you loved these tacos 🙌🏼 – finding a taco that works best can be tricky! We’ve had success with the Mission Corn Tortillas labeled “super soft” and have updated the recipe notes with this information in case you want to reference next time you make them! 🙂

  34. 9.3.22
    Beanie said:

    Do you think I could freeze these? I’m looking for freezer meals to prep for postpartum.

    • 9.6.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Beanie! We’ve never tested make-ahead/freezing for this recipe before but do know that the bean mixture would freeze well & keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. You could definitely prep the black bean filling beforehand then thaw & assemble the tacos for baking when ready to eat. This make-ahead method would help ensure the crispiness we’d expect in the recipe!

      If you are looking for a more fully assembled option, you may be able to assemble ahead of time (by filling the tortillas with the black bean mixture) & freezing in ziptop bags or an air-tight container, then thawing & baking as directed. If you go this route, we’d recommend waiting to brush the tortillas with oil until just prior to baking.

      A few other great make-ahead & freezer recipes with tested freezer methods: Cauliflower Lentil Tacos, Hearty Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili with Black Beans, or this Lentil Soup! Congratulations & hope those ideas will help!

  35. 7.2.22
    Lori said:

    These were so good. I have made them 2 times already this week.






    • 7.3.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Thank you, Lori! So glad you loved these as much as we do!

  36. 6.3.22
    Madeline said:

    I made these last night and they were so good! Definitely a new staple weeknight meal. Quick question – what size and brand of tortillas did you use? Mine didn’t hold together as well as yours!






    • 6.7.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Madeline! We typically use the Pueblo Lindo White Corn Tortillas from ALDI! To help make any tortillas a bit more pliable, steam them by wrapping in damp paper towels & microwaving for about 30 seconds – this should help! If you did attempt the quick microwave steam, maybe test giving your tortillas just a bit longer or letting them sit in the damp paper towel for a bit after microwaving to help soak up a bit more moisture.

  37. 4.27.22
    Anna said:

    These tacos are so delicious and filling for a vegetarian meal! I really enjoy the texture of the slightly mashed up beans.






    • 4.30.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      So glad to hear you loved these tacos! Vegetarian totally doesn’t have to mean bland or boring :), thank you for dropping a comment!!

  38. 4.20.22
    Deme said:

    Excellent recipe! I just made them, and they taste amazing!! Thank you!!!






  39. 1.21.22
    Rachel said:

    SO GOOD. I just loved these crispy tacos. I did make some modifications based on what I had on hand, but the real star of this dish was the baking method that Jess explains. I want to make all my tacos by baking them with oil






    • 1.28.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      So glad you enjoyed Rachel! The quick bake in the oven makes all the difference, thank you so much for sharing with us!

  40. 1.20.22
    Emily said:

    Yum! This was a easy recipe to put together and enjoy on a weeknight. Taco, quesadilla..it satisfied my craving g for empanadas!






    • 1.28.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Love to hear it Emily!! It truly is such a versatile & satisfying recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  41. 1.17.22
    Bella Lee said:

    Such a fantastic recipe! The bean mixture had so much flavor and the crispiness of the tacos really added so much.






    • 2.1.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Bella! We are thrilled to hear that you loved these tacos as much as we do, thank you for sharing!

  42. 1.12.22
    LME said:

    Woooweee, these beans were good! Only way I’ll be making my black beans from now on – not wasting my time with premade again! This recipe definitely comes together super quick and is totally worth the effort over just opening a can of refried black beans. We did add some shredded chicken because I only had enough beans for a half recipe – but the beans were DELICIOUS solo and with chicken added.






    • 2.1.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      So glad you enjoyed & really loved the bean filling! We love how simple the ingredients are but how bold the flavor is too. Thank you for sharing!

  43. 1.7.22
    Amber K said:

    I made these this week for dinner and then had the leftovers for lunches. They definitely come together quickly so definitely have your ingredients ready. My meat loving husband even said we should have these again!

    • 1.17.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Amber! Thanks so much for sharing & so glad to hear it – the filling does make great leftovers!

  44. 1.6.22
    C said:

    The only ‘problem’ with this recipe was how much of the bean mixture we ate while waiting for the oven to finish preheating. And there are no leftovers.






    • 1.17.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      🤣 Haha we can totally relate C! It’s such a flavorful filling – might have to make a double batch next time!! Thank you for sharing!

  45. 1.5.22
    Amber K said:

    These were so easy to make and full of flavor. The tip to have everything ready is important because it comes together so quickly and easily!






    • 1.17.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Thanks Amber! So glad the tip was helpful & glad these could be a quick weeknight meal for you!!