These are the best fully loaded Baked Vegan Black Bean Tacos you'll ever have! Made with a delicious homemade dairy-free chipotle sauce, well seasoned sautéed black beans, red onions, and dairy-free mozzarella cheese shreds. Perfect for taco Tuesday or any night rather---for the entire family. All dairy-free + vegan. Gluten-free option.
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You can't go wrong with these simple tacos and these Baked Vegan Black Bean Tacos come topped with a creamy, hint of spice chipotle dressing/sauce, which is perfect for Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, or, let's be honest --any other day of the week. Seriously these tacos are packed with flavor and protein and you won't even miss the meat----promise! You can make a delicious and filling dinner for a group in no time with this simple, slightly spicy bean filling and your favorite taco toppings---whether simple or more complex. Oh and this Spicy Restaurant Style Salsa is the perfect side or topping for these tacos!
If we're honest, tacos will always be the best thing to bring everyone together on a fun night and regardless of your favorite ingredients, they'll keep everyone satisfied. The highlight of this recipe is of course the black beans because they are so convenient yet so filling and if you're a fan of beans then this Easy Garlic Herb Three Bean Dip, Loaded Vegan Veggie Soup, Creamy Vegan White Bean Soup, and Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas are the next things that you need to make ASAP!
Overall, these dairy-free + vegan tacos are super easy to make, a great quick weeknight option, includes well seasoned black beans making it entirely meatless, includes bold flavors, balance between savory, spicy, and fresh, and just plain GOOD.
If you've ever wondered what was the best way to eat canned black beans or how to best prepare them---no worries! Besides in these vegan tacos, black beans from the can are super convenient and so easy to use in any of the following:
The five parts of these Baked Black Bean Tacos are the black beans, chopped onions, cheese shreds, the dairy-free chipotle dressing/sauce, and the toppings.
Start by prepping your toppings and storing them in the fridge until ready to use. Warm your tortillas. Meanwhile, you can cook the black beans over the stovetop, season, and set aside. Then make the simple chipotle sauce/dressing. And finally, assemble the tacos, bake until crispy and cheese shreds have melted, add toppings, and enjoy!
Here’s what you need for these Baked Vegan Black Bean Tacos:
In short, YES! A serving of ½ cup of black beans contains 7.3 grams of plant-based protein, making them protein powerhouses. Black beans can be used in a variety of recipes (like our yummy plant-based tacos) to help you get the daily plant-based protein you need. However, other benefits include:
This homemade plant-based easy taco seasoning is best made with chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. This is my go-to finger-licking taco flavor enhancer. However, if you have a favorite pre-mixed taco seasoning, feel free to use it to make a fast two-ingredient vegan black bean taco filling.
If you prefer a less spicy taco (because not all of us love that burn..Haha), you can omit or reduce the amount of cayenne pepper and/or chili powder in the black beans...Easy peasy!
Just in case you make these Baked Black Bean tacos more than once and just need a good switch up or you prefer to not eat black beans, here are great meatless options that can be in substitution:
Now that you have your spicy bean filling and zesty avocado dressing ready, it’s time to build your vegan tacos. When it comes to toppings, I love a mixture of brightly colored, fresh crunchy ingredients.
My favorite vegan plant-based taco topping ideas include:
PRO TIP: To soften the cabbage so it’s easier to eat and digest, I like to sauté it briefly, so it’s still crunchy but not too chewy. However, it works just as well in its raw state. Just be sure to slice or shred your cabbage nice and thin. You can do this in a food processor if you like for mess-free shredding.
If you'd like to switch things up for the topping or filling of these tacos, then you can totally roast your tomatoes first. The key to this recipe is to start with great-quality tomatoes. Choose a mix of large and cherries, and several different colors if you can find them.
You can choose either corn or flour tortillas for this dairy-free taco recipe. If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, corn is your best bet. Whichever option you choose, I recommend the small street taco-size. They’re easy to fill, hold and eat by the dozen!
Of course, in a pinch, larger tortillas will work too. You can also use hard taco shells if you prefer a crunchier taco. If that’s the case, skip heating the tortillas and simply fill your taco shells with the chopped buffalo chicken, black beans, and cheese shreds and then bake them before adding the toppings.
Place any leftover ingredients (individually stored) in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, place tacos in the oven at 350 degrees until warmed through. Assemble to serve.
Absolutely! All ingredients can be made and prepped and individually stored as meal prep (excluding tortillas) and assembled when ready to serve.
Although canned black beans are ready to eat directly from the can, they should be drained and rinsed first — to wash off some of the slippery slime common to all beans and to get rid of excess sodium.
Basically, the answer is yes! Black beans have an earthy flavor and similar texture to kidney beans which will make them work well as a substitute in tacos, bean dips, soups, chilis, and burgers.
If you're thinking of adding taco seasoning to these black bean tacos then you're in luck! Most store-bought or homemade taco seasonings are vegan since their blend of spices do not contain dairy or other animal-based ingredients. I always recommend double checking the label to be sure.
Of course! To ensure that these black bean tacos are gluten-free, simply ensure that the tortillas and any condiments used are gluten-free friendly.
On a taco kick? You’ll love these other delicious taco recipes to try next with your family:
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