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Enjoy a Plant-Based Meal with This Mouthwatering Vegetarian Taco Recipe

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Mmm…tacos. This flavorful and versatile dish can be decadent and crave-worthy, or healthy and fresh, depending on how you assemble them! While many tacos use the standard ground beef or shredded chicken, black beans are a nutritious, plant-based alternative that clocks in way fewer calories than meat, even when prepared with onions, garlic, and plenty of delicious spices. Check out this diet-friendly recipe from Skinny Taste, and you’ll agree that these black bean tacos aren’t to be missed!


For the beans

• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• ½ small yellow onion, diced
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
• ½ teaspoon cumin
• ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• ½ teaspoon kosher salt
• 1 tablespoon each tomato paste and water

For the tacos

• 8 hard corn taco shells
• 1 small avocado
• Juice from 1/2 small lime
• ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
• 1 plum tomato, diced
• 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce


1. Preheat oven according to taco shell package. Lay shells on a sheet pan and bake for 6 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the canola oil, swirl to cover pan then add the onion and sauté 2-3 minutes until onions have softened and become translucent.
3. Add the garlic and sauté 30 seconds more. Add the beans, spices, tomato paste, and water and mix until combined. Cook about 3 minutes to allow flavors to meld and beans to heat through.
4. In a small bowl, mash avocado with a fork until smooth. Add lime juice, salt, and pepper.
5. To assemble tacos, place taco shells on a flat surface. Layer each shell with 1/8 of the bean mixture, then the cheese, mashed avocado, tomatoes, and lettuce. Serve immediately.

On the hunt for a new favorite recipe to add to your list of staples? The team at White Rock Apartments in San Antonio, Texas encourages you to try your hand at this delicious option.

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