Baked Black Bean Tacos


Last Updated on May 1, 2023

Crispy baked black bean and kale tacos are packed with veggies and plant-based protein. They’re a delicious meatless Monday meal to make any day of the week!

Baked Black Bean Kale Tacos

Black Bean and Kale Tacos

These baked black bean tacos are such a nourishing weeknight meal. They’re loaded with fiber, plant-based protein and so much flavor, and are a delicious way to eat more veggies.

The beans get cooked with the veggies and spices, stuffed into tortillas with shredded cheese, then baked until crisp.

Black Bean Kale Tacos

A couple of years ago I shared my baked lentil tacos that have been a favorite ever since, and this black bean version is a new staple in our house.

My pantry is always well stocked with canned beans since they’re an easy and convenient protein to keep around, and can be seasoned and flavored in so many ways. This recipe comes together easily, and is a cost-friendly meal idea if you’re looking for new ways to eat beans.

What you’ll need for these black bean tacos

  • Choose your favorite tortillas– I used an almond flour based one, but you can use flour or corn tortillas
  • Canned black beans– this recipe would also work well with cooked lentils
  • Chopped veggies– I used peppers, onion and kale for added veggies and micronutrients
  • A spice blend made of paprika, smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, and salt & pepper. To save some time, you can use your favorite taco seasoning blend in place of all of the spices
  • Tomato paste and water to create a thicker sauce
  • Shredded cheese– I love using mozzarella or cheddar in this recipe
  • Olive oil
  • Your choice of toppings: jalapeno, cilantro, hot sauce, pickled onions and greek yogurt are my go-to!
  1. Start by sauteeing the veggies until they’re soft, then adding in the beans, kale and spices
  2. Cook the bean mixture with the tomato paste and water to form the flavorful filling
  3. Next, assemble the tacos by spreading the bean mixture onto half of the tortilla with shredded cheese, and folding it over
  4. Lastly, bake the tacos for 15-20 minutes until crisp
Black Bean Kale Tacos

These tacos are easy to make, packed with flavor, and the perfect healthy dinner to make this week. You can tag me on Instagram if you try them!

More vegetarian recipes you’ll love:

Plant-forward Walnut & Black Bean Burritos

Roasted Asparagus Pasta Salad

Shawarma Spiced Tofu Wraps

Baked Black Bean Kale Tacos

5 from 12 votes
Course: Main


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NOTES: you can use 2 tbsp of your favorite taco seasoning in place of all of the spices


  • 8 small 8 tortillas

  • 1 can 1 black beans, drained and rinsed
    (15 oz)

  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 chopped kale

  • 1 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1/2 1/2 yellow onion, diced

  • 1 tbsp 1 tomato paste

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 water

  • 1 1/2 tsp 1 1/2 cumin

  • 1 tsp 1 paprika

  • 1 tsp 1 smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp 1 chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 salt

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 1/2 -3/4 cups shredded cheese

  • Olive oil

  • Cilantro and jalapeno. to top

  • Serve with
  • Hot sauce

  • Sour cream or greek yogurt

  • Salsa

  • Pickled onions


  • Preheat the oven to 400 F
  • Heat a large pan on medium heat and coat the bottom in about 2 tbsp of olive oil.
  • Add the diced onion and peppers and cook on medium heat until soft, for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the black beans, kale, spices, tomato paste and water and stir together. Cook for another 5-7 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes.
  • Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and place the tortillas in the pan.
  • Add a layer of the black bean mix to half of each tortilla, top with shredded cheese then fold the tortillas over and press them down.
  • Lightly spray the folded tortillas with cooking spray.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes until crisp, OR air fry on 325 F for about 8-10 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and jalapeno and serve with hot sauce and your favorite toppings

Did you make this recipe?

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  1. Great recipe! Easy and delicious. I used whole wheat fajita-style tortillas to make them, and the nutty flavor really worked. Also made some guacamole for a topping. As long as the filling is on the dry side, this could be adapted to almost any filling.

  2. This recipe is the bomb! Have made it a few times already. Very big hit. Works well with different style tortillas too.

  3. Really enjoyed this recipe with the family, making it agin for friends to try! Great to make ahead and enjoy company without fusing in the kitchen 🙂

  4. Laura

    Hi Gal, i made these for the fam tonight. Slightly modified using spinach and green capsicum instead. Really tasty! We served with greek yoghurt, pickled jalapenos & salasa, definitely becoming a monthly staple.

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