Black Bean Tacos with Cumin and Lime

By Ishita
May 18, 2011
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Author Notes: These tacos can be made a million different ways, but since all you really need are a can (or better -- and cheaper yet -- a bag) of black beans, some corn tortillas and a head of iceberg, they're inexpensive, easy and fun to both make and eat.Ishita

Serves: 4

Black Beans

  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed (or 1-1/2 lbs. dried black beans, soaked overnight)
  • juice from 3 lime halves (or more, to taste)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or more, to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (or more, to taste)
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic, cumin and cayenne and saute until the oil is fragrant.
  2. Add the black beans, lime juice, water, salt and pepper. Simmer on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes, until the beans are soft and fragrant.

Assemble the Tacos

  • 8 small corn tortillas
  • 2 cups salad greens (shredded iceberg or shredded cabbage or store-bought coleslaw mix, etc.)
  • juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup feta crumbles
  1. While the beans are cooking, heat the tortillas on high heat in a nonstick pan, 2-3 minutes on each side. Toss the salad greens with the lime juice and cumin.
  2. To assemble the tacos, fill the corn tortillas with the beans, and top with the salad and feta. Serve with salsa and chopped cilantro.

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