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Black Bean & Toasted Corn Tacos

Surprise! These brown-bag-friendly tacos are just as good chilled as they are served hot.



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1 cup cooked black beans
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½ cup prepared salsa
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2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
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2 ½ tsp. ground cumin, divided
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1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
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¼ tsp. ground black pepper
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4 6-inch corn tortillas
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12 baby spinach leaves
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½ cup jarred roasted red pepper strips
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¼ cup coarsely chopped cilantro
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2 small green onions, finely chopped (¼ cup)
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¼ cup crumbled cotija or feta cheese, optional


1. Bring beans, salsa, garlic, and 1 tsp. cumin to a simmer in saucepan. Reduce heat to medium low, and cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until soft. Remove from heat, and mash with fork to crush beans for creamier filling, if desired.

2. Heat skillet over medium-high heat, and coat with olive oil cooking spray. Wrap corn in paper towels, and squeeze out excess water. Add corn to skillet in single layer, and sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 tsp. cumin, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Cook 5 to 10 minutes, or until golden and crispy, stirring frequently.

3. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350°F. Toast tortillas in toaster oven 1 minute to soften. Alternately, bake tortillas on taco baking rack in oven 7 to 10 minutes, or until crisp. Fill each tortilla with 1/4 cup beans, 1/4 cup corn, 3 spinach leaves, red pepper strips, cilantro, and green onions. Top each taco with 1 Tbs. cheese, if using. Serve immediately, or pack into lunch container, and chill.

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14 g
Total Fat: 
4 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
74 g
0 mg
904 mg
14 g
9 g
Makes 4 tacos

Comments on this Recipe

This reciepe if followed is absolutly wonderful...did not have spinich so used romain leaves....I am not a vegitarian and add sausage to everything....not these..I could have ate 100 of are great.

This looks great

I had to improvise a bit and skipped the corn and salsa, added fresh tomatoes and green onions directly to bean mixture. Topped with roasted red pepper and feta on blue corn tortilla. It was delicious! Also quite filling. I sided this with the raw red beet salad (also with improvisations).

Tried these tacos and loved them. so did my kids and that says a lot. Just liked they claimed took the leftovers for lunch the next day and they were even better.

These were really good! Easy to make, too. I had them for dinner one night and then lunch the next day, worked out great.

This is soooo yummy! My kids even liked it!

I preferred mine without the green onions which surprised me since I generally love green onions but these didn't need them. I also didn't put on the cheese since I'm on a dairy free diet, but didn't miss the cheese one bit. Shared with my neighbors and they wanted the recipe!

LOVED THEM! Made these tonight. I didn't have any roasted red peppers but I will definitely make these again. I am also on a dairy free diet so there was no cheese. I can't wait to have them for lunch tomorrow!

I made these as burritos. Used all the filling, rolled em up and baked them for 10 minutes at 375 and these were delicious...I bet they're even better with a crunchy taco shell.

This is a great recipe, my boyfiend and I had them for dinner last night, and he LOVED them, and hes not big into anything thats healthy, so that has to tell you something.

So tasty! I made these for dinner last week, and were so good I prepared them again just two nights later. The first time I didn't have frozen corn, so used canned corn. Worked fine, you just have to drain it well first. I also use goat cheese instead of cotija and it was soooo delicious! Much recommended.

Great recipe! My favorite veggie recipe is here:

This was AMAZING! Even the picky eater in our house liked it. Definitely a recipe I would use again and again. :)

Nice variation on a staple meal in our household.

This reciped is amazing! The tacos were so good, I made it again but didn't cook beans and salsa- used fresh corn off the cob, fat free feta, and a diced hot pepper. We used this as a chuncky dip with tortilla chips and it all went! Easy to make and a great taste!

I made these with corn roasted on the BBQ (just put olive oil, salt, & pepper - it comes out so much better than the standard butter), a grilled bell pepper (instead of jarred peppers), cheddar cheese in place of feta, & flour tortillas. I also omitted the spinach leaves. I also had leftover rice I could have used but forgot this time. I realize I made a whole different recipe b/c of all the substitutions, but this is a great recipe to work from. The results I got were great, it will definately go in my regular recipe rotation.

I have made these several times and they are a favourite in my house. I've also made them for a rather picky friend, and he loved them too. It's easy to substitute if you don't have all the ingredients, too, or to adjust to your own taste.

These tacos were so much better than I could have even imagined! A must try!!!

These are wonderful! I am not a fan of red peppers so left them off. I used sour cream and cheddar in place of the other cheese. I will make them again and again.

Wow....these sound delicious,except for sodium content.It should never be higher then the calories.

One of my favorite go-to recipes! Fast and delicious.

So, so good! I love these tacos. Filling and full of flavor. It's very difficult to not make "mmmm" sounds when eating them. Definitely one of my favorite recipes.

Love these. I made the recipe at 1.5x so that I used a full can of beans, and because 4 servings just wasn't enough.

New to becoming a vegetarian i made these tonight and everyone loved them i will be making these a lot !!!!

The sodium content is out of sight. I would leave off the feta or cotija cheese which is probably adding a lot of sodium to the recipe and buy or make salsa with a low sodium which is also likely adding to the sodium as bottled or canned salsa can be very high in sodium as well. Other than that, it looks delicious....

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Everything looks so good! ("What do you people eat?") that is a often asked of us who are vegetarian or vegan. It is actually funny!The answer is "everything" except dead animals and animal products.

Holy guacamole the sodium in these is horrifying!! They look delicious otherwise! I'll be trying them tonight, with fresh made salsa and no sodium black beans! Thank you for the inspiration.

You can cut down the sodium a ton by cooking your own black beans. it's simple, way cheaper 7 you have control over your ingredients. I make a bag or 2 at a time in the slow cooker, or in a big pot on the stove on very low, throw in a little salt, some garlic cloves and whatever else. Then toss is freezer bags.