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Crispy Black Bean Tacos

Sometimes you are hungry for dinner and you want it fast. Or maybe you don’t want a big mess to clean up, lots of pots and pans to wash, lots of ingredients to buy. Whatever the case may be, these tacos are great. It’s been a while since I’ve made tacos for dinner. Having a bit of a craving for Mexican food, but something different, I thought I’d give these a try.

I picked up a purple cabbage instead of prepackaged coleslaw mix. I thought it would be prettier, more colorful, and apparently very nutritious. Also? Cabbage is so cheap. Packaged salad mixes are not so cheap in comparison. I added a bit of grated carrot, and in just a few minutes I had my own “coleslaw mix.”

I thought the coleslaw part of the tacos could make an excellent salad as well. Just toss the veggies with the beans, the lime juice and olive oil, and serve the dressing on the side. It is fabulously crunchy and fresh tasting and would be great to go with something off the grill in the summertime.

I enjoyed this meal so much, and not just because it was fast and easy. The textures and flavors were unique, it turned out so pretty with all the brightly colored vegetables. It was different and interesting, but in the best way possible. Sometimes the simplest of ingredients can be combined in a way that wows and that’s always a nice surprise. Hubby’s first question after taking a a bite was: what is this dressing? Apparently, he liked it too!

And you know what? The variations of these are limitless. A few days later we still had most of the ingredients for the slaw, but I had used the last can of black beans. I threw the slaw together, added sliced yellow and orange bell pepper (carrot was gone) and made the tacos for lunch using shredded chicken mixed with salsa I had in the freezer leftover from enchiladas.


crispy black bean tacos

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Feta and Cabbage Slaw

Yield: 4 tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

I enjoyed this meal so much, and not just because it was fast and easy. The textures and flavors were unique, it turned out so pretty with all the brightly colored vegetables. It was different and interesting, but in the best way possible.


  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 5 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups purple cabbage, sliced thin
  • 1/2 of a carrot, grated
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 white or yellow corn tortillas
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 c sour cream
  • zest of 1 small lime
  • 2 Tbs bottled chipotle hot sauce


  1. Place beans and cumin in small bowl; partially mash. Mix 2 teaspoons olive oil and lime juice in medium bowl; add cabbage, carrot, green onions, and cilantro and toss to coat.
  2. Season slaw to taste with salt and pepper. For the dressing, mix sour cream, lime zest and chipotle hot sauce in a small bowl, set aside.
  3. Heat 3 teaspoons olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. (I found that using a griddle like pan was best because I could fit several at once) Add tortillas in single layer.
  4. 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.
  5. Fill tacos with feta and slaw. Pass dressing alongside.


adapted from Bon Appetit

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 258Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 21mgSodium 731mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 10gSugar 4gProtein 10g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Wednesday 4th of March 2009

I recently made these as well, but did not know there was a Bon Appetite recipe. We had some in Mexico and tried to reproduce. The cabbage kind of makes it!


Friday 20th of February 2009

love the look and how easy these are to make. I'll definitely be trying them.


Monday 16th of February 2009

These look delicious and light at the same time. Can't wait to try them!


Monday 16th of February 2009

totally gonna make these. love all the colors!


Monday 16th of February 2009

Sounds delicious and light!

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