Black Bean Vegan Street Tacos

Easy Black Bean Vegan Street Tacos |

How about I forgot the little spoonful of salsa on top of these black bean vegan street tacos!

I'm hoping you won't hold it against me and we can continue on with the recipe...? Just imagine the most perfect spoonful of a thin, flavor-packed smoky salsa cascading over the avocado and onto the beans. 

Amateur hour over here.

Moving on...

These tacos were inspired by our new weekend craving from a neighborhood food truck. We're fairly obsessed and have eaten them every weekend since finding this truck. Sometimes two nights in a row. But now we're enjoying something pretty similar right at home. While there are still one or two aspects that make their tacos a little extra delicious, these are pretty dang close. Honestly, I think it may be their tortillas. They are SO good. 

The bean mixture is simple but flavor packed and includes a secret ingredient that adds a lot of richness. It's really all about the beans. But it's also about the perfect, half-crisped tortilla and a mound of lime-spritzed avocado. Oh, and the salsa. The salsa that I forgot. I'll never let myself live that down. In any event, make sure you find a good one.

My hope is that this will be an easy, go-to meal for you. It's extremely easy to double or triple and great for serving to a crowd. I've been tweaking this recipe for months now and am finally ready to share. 

So let's get on with it. 

Easy Black Bean Vegan Street Tacos |
Easy Black Bean Vegan Street Tacos |
Easy Black Bean Vegan Street Tacos |
Easy Black Bean Vegan Street Tacos |
Easy Black Bean Vegan Street Tacos |
Easy Black Bean Vegan Street Tacos |

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Black Bean Vegan Street Tacos 

gluten-free, vegan // yields: 3-4 servings

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 - 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups black beans, drained with 1/2 cup cooking liquid reserved (or liquid from can)
  • 2 limes
  • 3-4 teaspoons smoky/chipotle hot sauce, or adobo sauce
  • 2-3 ripe avocados
  • chipotle or tomatilla salsa (you want a thin salsa, not chunky style w/tomatoes)
  • 10- 12 mini corn tortillas (about 4-inches)
  • shaved onion and/or chopped cilantro (optional)

In a medium pot, heat your oil over medium. Once hot, add the onion, a pinch of salt, and cook stirring frequently for 10-15 minutes. You want the onions super soft and starting to brown. Add the garlic and stir for 30-60 seconds. Now add the cocoa powder, cumin, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Stir for 30 seconds. Stir in the beans + cooking liquid, juice from 1 lime, and hot sauce.

Bring the beans to a simmer and simmer uncovered for about 10-15 minutes, until beans start to thicken but not letting all of the liquid cook off. Stir every few minutes. Taste and add more salt and hot sauce to taste. I used about 1 1/4 tsp. salt. The hot sauce is more for the smoky flavor than spice in this recipe.

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to broil. When your beans are about half done, spread tortillas in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place on a rack in the center of your oven and let toast for about 2-3 minutes. Flip and toast another 2-3 minutes. Watch very closely as you don't want them to fully crisp. (They're much harder to eat when fully crisp.)

Scoop avocado into a bowl, top with juice from 1/2 lime and a hefty pinch of salt. Mash to desired consistency. Taste and add more lime + salt if desired.

Assemble tacos with beans, avocado, a small spoonful of salsa, and shaved onion and/or cilantro (if desired). Serve immediately.


  • If you can't imagine a taco without cheese, grate pepperjack or sharp cheddar and sprinkle on the tortillas after flipping the first time. Let cook until bubbly then assemble. (This is how they are served from the taco truck.)
Easy Black Bean Vegan Street Tacos |

Now, I have a favor to ask!

I'm working on an exciting new project involving live streaming video casts that I'll be hosting on a new food platform called NOM. It was actually started by the co-founder of YouTube. And not only are the video sessions live, but we'll also be able to interact while it's all happening with a chat feature. So cool! Have a question during the show, ask away and I can answer!

My actual channel is here: Edible Perspective on Nom

I'll be updating the page soon, but you can already join and follow along. For now, I need your help with what types of food-related topics you'd like me to cover. It can really be anything at all! ie: a specific cooking how-to, showing easy breakfast recipes, talking about certain ingredients and how to use them, stocking a pantry, etc. The shows are about 20-25min long, so I can really cover a lot and it's starting next week! Your help is much appreciated!!

Stay tuned to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for the details in when to tune in! I'm nervous + scared + excited but it's going to be SO FUN!

Happy Friday!


Vegan Breakfast Tostadas from Food52 Vegan

Vegan Breakfast Tostadas with Refried Black Beans and Cabbage Slaw |

Hi! Hello! It's FRIDAY!

Let's talk cookbooks. What are your current favorites? Do you only collect but not really use your cookbooks? Do you use them all the time? I want to  know! I'm fairly obsessed with cookbooks myself, but I'm sure you could have guessed that. I go through phases of using and not using cookbooks, but when I do use them I kick myself for the times I don't use them. They're such a source of inspiration for me when it comes to meal planning, developing my own recipes, and photography. They also have this soothing affect on me. Flipping through a cookbook can instantly chill me out, especially if the couch, a blanket, and coffee are involved.

So today I'm sharing a savory vegan breakfast recipe for Breakfast Tostadas with Refried Black Bean and Cabbage Slaw! Uhh, yum. Right?? This recipe is straight from the recently released Food52 Vegan cookbook, written by my talented + sweet friend Gena! Girl knows her way around a kitchen.

I obviously had to share a breakfast recipe, and I know many of you have asked for more savory vegan breakfast ideas, so I thought this would be perfect. And I actually made TWO of Gena's savory breakfast recipes, to get you even more excited for this book!

baked sweet potato |

The second recipe (you'll have to buy the book for this one!) I made were Gena's Tempeh and Sweet Potato Hash. Both recipes are loaded with flavor and such a fun change of pace for breakfast or brunch. 

Gena has filled the pages of this book with so much goodness. You'll find everything from simple recipes perfect for weeknights and busy mornings, to timeless classics with a vegan twist. But Gena doesn't stop there! She also adds so many impressively creative recipes you never would have though to create on your own.

If you've been intimidated by vegan cooking in the past, or are simply looking for a cookbook with recipes you'll actually want cook all of the time, I highly recommend Food52 Vegan!

I should also mention, the photography in this cookbook is beyond stunning. I'm a HUGE fan of James Ransom's work (he's the food photography at Food52) and love flipping through the pages to see his work.

Here are some of the recipes I'm dying to try!

  • Cauliflower and Oyster Mushroom Tacos
  • Mushroom, Chard, and Quinoa Enchiladas
  • Greek Salad with Tofu Feta
  • Jamaican Jerk Chili with Quinoa and Kidney Beans
  • Creamy Tomato Soup
  • Peach Crumble Coffee Cake
  • Perfect Pumpkin Pie
Tempeh and Sweet Potato Hash (recipe by Gena Hamshaw from Food52 Vegan) |
Breakfast Tostadas with Refried Black Beans and Cabbage Slaw (recipe by Gena Hamshaw in Food52 Vegan) |

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Reprinted with permission from Food52 Vegan, by Gena Hamshaw,copyright © 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of PenguinRandom House LLC. Photographs copyright © 2015 by James Ransom

Breakfast Tostadas with Refried Black Beans and Cabbage Slaw

vegan, gluten-free // serves 4

You can make these tostadas as fancy or as simple as you like. If you know you’ll be short on time, prepare the refried black beans a day in advance, then throw the cabbage salad together in the morning. If you’re preparing them for brunch on a leisurely morning, it’s worth your while to make the cashew queso (see the Flavor Upgrade at right), too. It’s the ultimate comfort food sauce—tangy, salty, and versatile. Once you try it, you’ll want to smother everything with it, from baked potatoes to steamed broccoli to rice and beans.

Refried Beans

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 poblano or jalapeño chile, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 cups (510g) cooked black beans (see page 000)
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1 ⁄2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 ⁄2 cup (120ml) vegetable broth, or as needed
  • 2 1 ⁄2 tablespoons lime juice, divided


  • 3 cups red or green cabbage (or a mixture of both), finely shredded
  • 2 green onions, green parts only, chopped
  • 1 1 ⁄2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 (6-inch/1) corn tortillas
  • 1 large Hass avocado, sliced
  • 1 ⁄2 cup (20g) chopped fresh cilantro

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C).

2. To make the refried beans, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and chile and sauté until the onion is tender and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the black beans, salt, chili powder, and cumin and cook, stirring occasionally, until everything is heated through, adding the vegetable broth as needed to prevent sticking. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice. Transfer to a food processor and pulse until fairly smooth, without many whole beans—or to whatever texture you prefer; alternatively, you can use a potato masher or even a fork to mash the beans.

3. To make the slaw, put the cabbage, green onions, oil, lime juice, and agave nectar in a bowl and toss until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Place the tortillas in a single layer on two baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, until crispy. To assemble each tostada, spread about 1 ⁄4 cup (60ml) of the refried beans on a tortilla. Top with 1 ⁄4 cup (60ml) of the slaw, a few slices of avocado, and 1 tablespoon of the cilantro.

Flavor Upgrade
Cashew Queso: In a blender or food processor, puree 1 cup (130 g) cashew pieces that have been soaked for at least 3 hours then drained, 1 ⁄3 cup (25g) large-flake nutritional yeast, 3 ⁄4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 ⁄2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (265ml) water, 3 tablespoons tomato paste, and 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice until totally smooth. Drizzle on top of each tostada before serving.

Vegan Breakfast Tostadas (recipe by Gena Hamshaw from Food52 Vegan) |

Now, we eat breakfast tostadas and cheers to Friday. But before you break out the Friday cocktails, don't forget to grab yourself a copy of this book!