When we go out to eat, I often treat the entire meal as tapas. As a result, I’ll order a few things from the appetizer menu instead of a main course. For example, these black bean taquitos could be the first course of a meal. However, I prefer to whip up a homemade margarita and pair these taquitos with a nice salad for dinner. Additionally, this recipe is great if you wanted to prep ahead of time. You can assemble these taquitos and freeze them until you want to eat them. Then, simply bake the black bean taquitos for a bit longer to account for thawing.
- 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed if using canned
- 1/2 cup sweet corn kernels
- 1/4 cup diced red pepper
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
- 1/3 cup shredded cheese, like colby jack
- 10 to 12 6-inch corn tortillas
- Olive oil, for brushing
- Queso Fresco, for topping
- Preheat oven to 400˚F.
- In a food processor, combine black beans, sweet corn, pepper, onion, spices, cilantro, and cheese. Pulse three to four times until ingredients are slightly combined-this is just to chop slightly.
- Heat tortillas until pliable (good instructions here). Next, scoop 2 to 3 tablespoon of the filling onto the third of the tortilla closest to you. Roll the edge closest to you over the filling and tuck tightly. Then, continue to roll and place the taquito seam side down on a baking tray. Stick with a toothpick if necessary. Repeat with remaining filling.
- Brush with olive oil and bake for 18 to 22 minutes until tortillas are browning and crisp. Remove, top with cilantro and queso fresco, and serve.
I usually use store bought tortillas to make black bean taquitos because they are easier to work with and less likely to crack. These are the ones I used for these photos.
Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: black beans (canned or dried), olive oil, cumin
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Black Bean Taquitos
As mentioned above, these taquitos go well with many dishes. For example, you’ll find a few of my recommendations below. Also, if you want to bump up the spice factor, mix in spice with the taquitos or serve with your favorite hot sauce.
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Black beans are one of my favorite ingredients for vegetarian Mexican food. In fact, they are delicious in tacos, nachos, quesadillas and enchiladas. They’re also excellent in other cuisines! A few of my favorite black bean recipes: