Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Lime Crema


I know what most of you are probably thinking. Black bean tacos. BORING! My family was thinking the same thing until I made them these seriously delicious Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Lime Crema. This is how you do black bean tacos! These are so easy to make, all you need to do is simmer the beans with some salsa along with a couple of Mexican spices for 5 minutes. While those are simmering, in a food processor you’ll combine the ingredients for that delicious avocado sauce and also warm up your tortillas. Then serve them along with the classic (American) taco toppings (I think the lettuce, tomatoes and cheese are a must then add a little Mexican hot sauce then add other veggies like corn or sauteed bell peppers if you’d like). And boom dinners ready! This is one of those easy dinners (about 25 minutes after chopping toppings and everything) that everyone will love!

Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Lime Crema | Cooking Classy

Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Lime Crema | Cooking Classy

Like I said my kids were disappointed when I told them we were having black bean tacos for dinner, they wanted our classic ground meat tacos for dinner. Then after one bite of these they were both like wow these really are so good! My one daughter said she even liked them better than the tacos we normally always have (the ground beef or turkey). So with that said we have a new regular taco to add to our rotation (they’d also make great tostadas, just buy the pre-made tostada shells by the tortillas at the store)! Even my meat loving husband really liked these  tacos too and of course my mom and I loved them as well. So it was an all around healthy dinner win!

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Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Lime Crema

4.84 from 12 votes

Yield: About 8 tacos


  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup store-bought refrigerated tomato based salsa* or left-over homemade salsa
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 medium avocado
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro**
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice , or more to taste
  • 1 clove garlic , pressed through a garlic crusher

For serving

  • 8 warmed taco size yellow corn tortillas*** , shredded romaine lettuce, shredded Mexican blend cheese, diced tomatoes.


  1. In a medium saucepan combine black beans, salsa, chili powder and cumin. Simmer mixture for about 5 -10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Slightly mash beans if desired.
  2. Meanwhile in a food processor pulse together avocado, Greek yogurt, cilantro, lime juice and garlic until cilantro is finely minced. Season with salt and pepper to taste (if you want the sauce thinner you can add in 1 Tbsp water).
  3. To assemble tacos, on each tortilla layer black bean mixture, avocado cilantro lime crema, lettuce, cheese and tomatoes. Serve immediately.
  4. *This can be found in the produce section or in the refrigerated latin foods section of the grocery store. If using homemade use one that includes tomatoes, onions, cilantro and garlic.
  5. **This is about the top 1/3 portion of one medium bunch of cilantro, so use mostly leaves and some stem.
  6. ***This is my preferred method for cooking corn tortillas for tacos (although those pictured were just warmed and browned with a flame). I brush the tortillas lightly with olive oil then cook them in a skillet over medium-high to medium heat until they begin to get golden brown spots on the bottom then flip and cook opposite side until lightly browned. I use two skillets to speed up the process.
  7. Recipe source: adapted from The Garden Grazer


  • Sara | Last Night’s Feast: Wow, these look great, and I bet you don’t even miss the meat =) February 5, 2017 at 3:22pm Reply

  • Deborah Lilly: I made this for dinner tonight. It is absolutely delicious! It’s got all the taste and more of meat tacos. The crema is perfect. Thank you!a February 5, 2017 at 5:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Deborah! Thanks for your comment! February 6, 2017 at 11:25am Reply

  • Paige Flamm: Totally just added this to next week’s menu plan!

    Paige February 5, 2017 at 7:14pm Reply

  • Gustavo Woltmann: Gotta love tacos! Even the colors themselves are making it for me! Definitely going to try this recipe out. February 5, 2017 at 8:42pm Reply

  • Sabrina B: beautiful looking tacos, and have the same reservations re: just black beans? But love, love black beans in and of themselves, mine are pretty boring compared with these, thank you! February 6, 2017 at 2:26pm Reply

  • Jeni: Dinner tonight!!! Thank you for the great recipe!!!❤ February 7, 2017 at 2:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it Jeni! February 7, 2017 at 4:56pm Reply

  • Scott: Will the crema hold up for leftovers or does it need to be used fairly soon because of the avocado? February 8, 2017 at 11:04am Reply

  • Ali: 10/10 stars!! I made these for a pot luck lunch at work, and they were a hit! A number of my coworkers don’t eat meat, and everybody (even the carnivores) LOVED them. Not only that, but they were way easy to make. It was just last week, and I’m already craving them again. Thanks for a new go-to recipe! :) February 13, 2017 at 3:41pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review – glad you loved them Ali! February 14, 2017 at 1:39pm Reply

  • Kailene: These look amazing! I’m making them for Taco Tuesday tomorrow! 2 questions:
    Can I make the sauce ahead of time (does it keep)? And how do the beans reheat? I’m sure I’ll have leftovers…hoping I can get a few meals out of them. Thanks! Can’t wait to try!! February 20, 2017 at 3:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I had some left over sauce and my husband ate it on his chicken for the next two days and surprisingly it didn’t brown I was amazed! And the beans should reheat well. I hope you love these Kailene! February 20, 2017 at 9:09pm Reply

  • Val: This recipe was a real hit with myself and my fussy, carnivore husband….. He is not a bean lover at all, but this recipe changed his view of beans… Great wrapped in the tortilla or we also just scooped it up with corn chips as a snack…. Amazing. March 19, 2017 at 3:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you and your husband liked it Val! March 19, 2017 at 9:35pm Reply

  • Cassaundra: I must try it. The Tacos look really tasty. I love black beans. Thanks for the recipe. July 8, 2017 at 7:12am Reply

  • Christine @ myblissfulmess: Oh man… those look amazing! Definitely going on my menu. August 5, 2017 at 3:36pm Reply

  • Sam: I liked these better than meat tacos! No grease! August 11, 2017 at 1:35pm Reply

  • barbara cecchini: Loved It! Wonderful recipe. September 26, 2017 at 6:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked these black bean tacos Barbara! Thanks for your review! September 26, 2017 at 11:04pm Reply

  • Glorys Hidalgo: Hi there! My in laws are vegan and I really want to do the crema but the Greek yogurt they can’t have…any suggestions on a substitute or can I just take it out all together October 20, 2017 at 9:57am Reply

  • L M: This was very good and fast. Highly recommend October 20, 2017 at 11:48am Reply

  • Radha: I made it y’day for dinner and it was an instant hit with my family and daughter’s friends ..thnk you for the recipe .. November 10, 2017 at 9:46am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! Thanks for taking the time to let me know! November 10, 2017 at 9:48am Reply

  • Mary: Made these tonight. They were delish and loved the avocado cilantro crema. Didn’t miss the meat or cheese one bit. Only thing the 1 1/2 t. chili powder was way too spicy, even for my Hubbie who loves spicy food. After tasting, we ended up rinsing the beans, redoing the spice to 1/2 t. and adding new salsa. It was perfect! We used dairy free sour cream for the Greek yogurt. November 12, 2017 at 9:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Try a mild chili powder next time if you didn’t already and that should help :). Sorry that happened, glad you were able to fix it to suit your taste! Thanks for your review Mary! November 12, 2017 at 10:01pm Reply

  • Nelda: I made these and the tacos were fabulous. unfortunately no one liked the Avocado cilantro lime crema. Still fantastic tacos! January 8, 2018 at 9:49am Reply

  • Cara: The avocado sauce is so good! I love that it’s with yogurt. I’m gonna make it again just to use as a dip with chips! January 11, 2018 at 5:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy you loved it Cara! January 17, 2018 at 12:12pm Reply

  • Madison: These came out really good! I didn’t have Greek yogurt so I used sour cream instead, but they were delicious and easy! January 11, 2018 at 8:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your feedback Madison! January 17, 2018 at 12:11pm Reply

  • Michele: This was a hit with my family! We are trying to eat more vegetarian meals. The avocado, cilantro dressing was awesome! January 20, 2018 at 8:10pm Reply

  • Michelle: Looks amazing!
    Do you have the nutritional information? February 9, 2018 at 7:02am Reply

  • Adelle Heinz: Best Tacos EVER! Thank you! February 16, 2018 at 7:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked them Adelle! February 21, 2018 at 10:35am Reply

  • Delisa: Made these tonight. I actually combined your recipe for baked chicken tacos with this one, and oh my! These are so good! I can see that they are also just as good without the chicken too. I like them both ways and will be making them again. Love the avocado crema. February 21, 2018 at 6:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback Delisa! February 22, 2018 at 6:15pm Reply

  • Janeene: Very quick, easy, and tasty recipe. I love the green sauce! Send the leftovers to work with my husband for lunch. March 11, 2018 at 5:43pm Reply

  • Sara Haleblian: So good, love the green sauce March 19, 2018 at 11:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it – thanks for your feedback! :) March 23, 2018 at 4:50pm Reply

  • Tracy: So good! April 12, 2018 at 7:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked them! Thanks Tracy! April 13, 2018 at 12:01pm Reply

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