My family eats a fair amount of meat, but for budget purposes I like to keep a growing list of frugal meatless dinner ideas in my back pocket to add balance in my frugal meal plan.  These crispy black bean tacos are a meatless dinner that my whole family eats with gusto! They are simple and made with just a few pantry ingredients. Don’t let the simple ingredients fool you though.  That crispy shell makes them surprisingly addictive.

Crispy black bean tacos. Simple meatless tacos made with pantry ingredients.
5 from 2 votes

Crispy black bean tacos

Crispy and delicious black bean tacos made with pantry ingredients

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword crispy black bean tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tara Buss


  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 10-12 corn tortillas
  • 2 tbsp oil avocado, olive, coconut, etc.


  1. Drain liquid from beans and place in a bowl.

  2. Stir in salt, chili powder, and cumin and smash beans slightly.

  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.

  4. When oil is hot, place a tortilla in skillet and cook for 30 seconds. Flip over to the other side and fill with a small amount of beans. Fold over half of the tortilla and smash with a spatula. 

  5. When first side is brown and crispy, flip over to brown the second side.  Remove from pan and place on plate to drain.  Repeat with remainder of tacos.

Recipe Notes

A small amount of shredded cheese may be added to the beans if desired.  About 4 oz of Pepperjack is delicious in them.

Crispy black bean tacos

Place a couple of tortillas in a hot oiled skillet.

Flip over and fill half with a small amount of smashed beans.

Fold over and smash down with a spatula or spoon.

Cook until browned and flip over to brown second side.

Working in batches like above can be helpful to get the job done in a timely manner.  

Time to eat!  Serve hot and crispy with any taco toppings you enjoy including but not limited to sour cream, salsa, cheese, lettuce, and salsa.