Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 Tacos
4.9 — Votes 12 votes

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Get ready to have a new favorite taco. These black bean tacos are just cheesy enough, seasoned with so much flavor, and so easy to make thanks to the oven. I highly recommend making the avocado cream sauce and (if you’re up for it) the pickled onion. The combination is incredible!

A metal sheet pan with crispy bean and cheese tacos. There is a metallic bowl with a bright green, creamy, avocado sauce. Some of the tacos are topped with a dollop of green sauce and a couple slices of pink pickled onions and flaky sea salt.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

These black bean tacos are impossibly easy and delicious. Canned black beans are generously seasoned with my favorite taco blend, then they’re layered in a corn tortilla with shredded cheese and baked until melty and even a little crispy.

If you’re into avocado and dips for your tacos, don’t skip the avocado sauce. It’s a little tangy, creamy, and goes SO well with these tacos. I also highly recommend a generous sprinkle of either pickled or fresh red onion.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

Below, you’ll find everything you’ll need for these black bean tacos, along with any possible ingredient substitutions. All ingredient amounts can be found in the recipe card.

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For the Tacos

For the Sauce

Optional Garnish

How to Make Black Bean Tacos

These black bean tacos are incredibly easy to pull together. Here’s how you’ll do it:

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A hand scooping a tablespoon of shredded cheese over top of black beans and shredded cheese on a metal sheet pan.
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  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Mix together the beans, spice, and lime juice – in a medium bowl, mix together the beans, spices, and lime juice.
  3. Heat the tortillas – wrap the tortillas in a towel and microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  4. Brush (or spray) the tortillas with olive oil – spray or brush 1 side of the tortillas with olive oil, then flip them over and place them on a sheet pan. If your sheet pan is not large enough to hold all of the tortillas, you can work in batches.
  5. Assemble the tacos – sprinkle 1 tablespoon of cheese on half of the tortilla. Top the cheese with 2 tablespoons of the bean mixture. Then, finish with another tablespoon of cheese. Fold the tortillas in half. Repeat for each of the tortillas.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Make the sauce – while the tacos bake, make the avocado cream sauce by adding all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blending together until smooth.
  8. Garnish and serve – serve alongside the avocado cream sauce and garnish with cilantro and a quick pickled onion.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

This recipe is pretty straight forward, but you know we’ve always got a couple of tips to share!

  • Use white corn tortillas – we found that these are more pliable than yellow corn tortillas and do not break when baking.
  • Heat the tortillas – don’t skip this step! Heating the tortillas in the microwave before assembling the tacos makes them more pliable and less prone to cracking.

Taco Topping Ideas

GIVE ME ALL THE TACO TOPPINGS! In addition to the avocado lime cream sauce, we added cilantro and pickled red onions to the tacos to really make the flavor pop. If you’re looking for other delicious topping ideas, though, we’ve got you! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Spicy ranch (instead of the avocado lime sauce)
  • Sour cream
  • Regular diced onions (vs. pickled)
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Guacamole
  • Pico de gallo
A hand holding a black bean and cheese taco topped with a dollop of a creamy, green sauce and a couple pink pickled onions held over a teal surface with a green linen draped in the background.

How to Store and Reheat

Store leftover black bean tacos in an airtight container in the fridge. Stored this way, they’ll keep for up to 5 days.

When it comes to reheating, you’ve got a couple of options:

  • Microwave (quickest method, but results in less crispy tacos) – place the tacos on a microwave-safe plate and pop into the microwave for 1-2 minutes, until heated through.
  • Air fryer (pretty quick, and results in crispy reheated tacos) – place leftover tacos in the air fryer basket and air fry at 350°F for about 7 minutes, until heated through.
  • Oven (not as quick, but results in crispy tacos) – place the tacos on a sheet pan and then into a 350°F oven for about 15 minutes, until heated through.

Can I meal prep these black bean tacos?

You can absolutely meal prep these tacos! To do this, you can either…

  • Make the black bean filling, avocado cream sauce, and pickled onions ahead of time to make the day-of assembly a breeze, OR…
  • Fully assemble the tacos and reheat them on the night of, using either the oven or air-fryer methods above.

Should you rinse black beans for tacos?

Yes, this recipe calls for rinsing the black beans before mixing them with the spices and lime juice.

Which tortillas are best for tacos?

Glad you asked! Interestingly enough, throughout the development of this recipe, we actually discovered that white corn tortillas are more pliable and don’t crack nearly as easily as yellow corn tortillas. For that reason, we recommend white corn tortillas if you can find them.

A metal sheet pan with crispy bean and cheese tacos. There is a metallic bowl with a bright green, creamy, avocado sauce and a wooden bowl with pink pickled onions. There is a green linen draped to the side. Some of the tacos are topped with a dollop of green sauce and a couple slices of pink pickled onions. All are sitting on a teal surface.

More Favorite Taco Recipes

A metal sheet pan with crispy bean and cheese tacos. There is a metallic bowl with a bright green, creamy, avocado sauce and a wooden bowl with pink pickled onions. There is a green linen draped to the side. Some of the tacos are topped with a dollop of green sauce and a couple slices of pink pickled onions.

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce Recipe

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
4.9 — Votes 12 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 Tacos
These black bean tacos are just cheesy enough, seasoned with so much flavor, and so easy to make thanks to the oven.

Ingredients  

For the Tacos

  • 1 15.5-ounce can black beans rinsed
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • cups Mexican-blend shredded cheese
  • 12 white corn tortillas
  • Olive oil for brushing on tortillas (about ½ teaspoon per tortilla)

For the Sauce

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 lime juiced
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Optional Garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the beans, spices, and lime juice.
  • Wrap the tortillas in a towel and microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  • Spray or brush 1 side of the tortillas with olive oil, then flip them over and place them on top of a sheet pan. If your sheet pan is not large enough to hold all of the tortillas, you can work in batches.
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of cheese on half of the tortilla. Top the cheese with 2 tablespoons of the bean mixture. Then, finish with another tablespoon of cheese. Fold the tortillas in half. Repeat for each of the tortillas.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • While the tacos bake, make the avocado cream sauce by adding all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Serve alongside the avocado cream sauce and garnish with cilantro and quick pickled onions.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
150
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
9
mg
3
%
Sodium
 
426
mg
19
%
Potassium
 
211
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
16
g
5
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
566
IU
11
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
195
mg
20
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Notes

Recipe Tips and Tricks
  • Use white corn tortillas – we found that these are more pliable than yellow corn tortillas and do not break when baking.
  • Heat the tortillas – don’t skip this step! Heating the tortillas in the microwave before assembling the tacos makes them more pliable and less prone to cracking.
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  1. Mary E Brammer says

    Mary E Brammer —  04/14/2023 At 18:28

    Questin: Can fresh parsley be substituted for cilantro? I absolutely do not like the taste of cilantro. Without it or having a substitute for it will be wonderful. I do want to make this recipe when the family comes to visit.

    Have a wonderful spring.

    Mary

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  04/17/2023 At 14:40

      We’d recommend using a green onion, Mary! I hope that helps!

  2. Jill Summers says

    Jill Summers —  04/15/2023 At 17:00

    5 stars
    My husband asked after his first bite last night if I had followed the recipe instructions. I said yes but subbed smoked paprika for regular paprika because I didn’t have any. He was thankful because he can now recreate these for his crew at the fire station. I’m also horrible about reading all the steps so next time I’ll rinse my black beans. I didn’t do it this time and found the side on the sheet pan to be a little soggy so I flipped them halfway through and made both sides crunchy. definitely going into our meal rotation!!

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  04/17/2023 At 14:27

      Aw, Jill! That is so sweet. We hope the crew loves the tacos as much as he did!

  3. Monica Frazier says

    Monica Frazier —  04/16/2023 At 19:02

    5 stars
    I made these tacos for lunch, and ate them again for dinner! And I might’ve even had them again the next day. These are SO easy to make, and make a fabulous meatless meal.

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  04/17/2023 At 10:04

      We’re so glad you loved these, Monica! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with us!

  4. Nicole LeBleu says

    Nicole LeBleu —  04/26/2023 At 10:12

    These were DELICIOUS! Perfectly paired with the avocado sauce!

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  04/27/2023 At 09:47

      We’re so glad you loved these, Nicole! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  5. Rachel says

    Rachel —  04/26/2023 At 20:02

    5 stars
    I have a couple things to say. I LOVE this website, it is my go to several times a week for family friendly, easy, healthy recipes. Thank you to Cassy and the team for all that you do. I made these crispy tacos tonight and they were a hit! The sauce is so delicious, I could eat it with a spoon. I used flour tortillas because that’s what we had on hand and they turned out great. I also finely chopped up a bit of fresh spinach to sneak in extra veg for the kids and it was tasty in the tacos and a bit in the sauce. Super yum, so quick and easy!!

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  04/27/2023 At 09:43

      Rachel! Thank you so much for sharing this with us – it means more than you know! We’re so glad you loved this recipe <3!

  6. Kimmy says

    Kimmy —  05/11/2023 At 09:03

    This was so simple and so delicious! The amount of flavor impressed me SO much! Will be making this on repeat.

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  05/11/2023 At 09:35

      We’re so glad you loved this recipe, Kimmy! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  7. Sarah says

    Sarah —  06/06/2023 At 13:30

    So so yummy and easy! Do you think these could freeze well?