Terrific Bean Tacos


Terrific Bean Tacos

USDA Mixing Bowl
Everyone loves taco night! Beans are great source of protein and much cheaper than meat. Tacos are a great way to sneak in some extra veggies too.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 200 kcal


  • 1 small onion
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 cups refried beans
  • 8 taco shells
  • 1/4 head lettuce
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 cup 2% shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • Taco sauce (optional)


  • Wash lettuce and tomatoes and chop. Set aside.
  • Chop onion.
  • Heat oil in a medium skillet. Stir fry chopped onion until crisp-tender.
  • Stir in refried beans. Heat thoroughly.
  • Spread refried bean mixture in taco shells.
  • Sprinkle with shredded cheese, lettuce, chopped tomatoes and taco sauce, as desired.


Smart Shopping Tips
  • Whole wheat tortillas can be used instead of taco shells to make soft tacos.
  • Refried beans vary in their fat content. Read labels and choose those with less saturated fat.
Cooking & Serving Tips:
  • Serve with a dollop of guacamole, low-fat sour cream or non-fat Greek yogurt.
  • Serve with this quick pico de gallo:
    •  1 pound tomatoes, seeded and chopped
    •  1 jalapeño, seeded, finely chopped
    •  1/2 white onion, finely chopped
    •  1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    •  1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    •  Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
           Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
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