Chilli bean tacos recipe

(34 ratings)

Vegetarian bean tacos

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  • healthy
Preparation Time25 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories390 Kcal20%

These Mexican taco shells make great family sharing food - filled with a spicy bean chilli they're a great vegetarian choice too


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon mild chilli powder, optional
  • 410g can black-eyed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 410g can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 taco shells (1 packet)

To serve:

  • About 6 tablespoons grated Cheddar
  • About 6 tablespoons sour cream
  • A few coriander leaves
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges




  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the onion and chilli for 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and chilli powder, if using, and cook for another 5 minutes.
  2. Add the beans and tomatoes and simmer for 20 minutes until thickened. Add the ketchup and seasoning.
  3. Heat the taco shells in the oven for a few minutes, according to pack directions.
  4. Fill the tacos with the bean mixture and serve with the cheese and sour cream to spoon over, and coriander leaves to sprinkle on top. Serve the lime wedges on the side.
Top Tip for making Chilli bean tacos

Woman's Weekly Cookery Editor, Sue McMahon, suggests blitzing some of the bean mixture in bowl with a stick blender to thicken it if preferred and then stir back into the rest of the mixture


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