Black Bean and Quinoa Soft Tacos



I’m going to ramble on and on about how tasty these little tacos are.  So bear with me, ok?  Ok.


So, yeah, there’s this thing called quinoa.  We all know it’s nutritional capacity: the little powerhouse of protein that it is.  You can make cute little patties, cute little bites, breakfast, muffins, or even just a salad.  I get it.  It’s versatile.  It’s also a commonly used name on one of my new favorite Pinterest boards.  But I didn’t know you could make tacos with it.  Until I saw a recipe for quinoa nachos from one of my favorite magazines, VegNews (vegan-friendly, FYI, with lots of useful information on the environment/ethical/economical impact of going vegan…it’s brilliant, in my opinion.  Check it out.)

Not having tortilla chips on hand, I DID have some about-to-go-bad sad and lonely tortillas in the fridge.  So, I opted for some soft tacos instead….and I did put a little cheese on top, so it wasn’t 100% vegan, but just use whatever substitute you like.  Now, if you don’t want additional carbs, skip the tortillas all together and make a little quinoa bowl out of it.  One night, I just threw the leftover quinoa in a bowl, heated it up, and mixed in a mashed avocado and some tomatoes and onions and had a nice little dinner while catching up on the Bachelorette. (Any thoughts on this season? My opinion?  All the seasons are starting to get pretty predictable.  And I bet Drew will be the next Bachelor.  I could be wrong.)

The amazing thing about this quinoa dish is the amount of flavor that’s there.  I couldn’t believe that it wasn’t meat…and I am being honest with you here.  It was great.  So, if you are looking for a Meatless Monday easy conversion meal, here it is.  I don’t think you will miss it.



Black Bean and Quinoa Soft Tacos

Servings: 4-6



1/4 cup safflower oil (or vegetable oil)

1/2 cup diced yellow onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons dried sage

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 cups cooked quinoa (I used a mixture of pearl and red quinoa)

1 cup (or just use one 15-ounce can) of black beans, rinsed and drained

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (If you are a strict vegan, make sure you use a vegan-friendly brand)

Pinch sea salt

For the tacos:

Tortillas (I used 6-inch four because that’s what I had on hand; warming them slightly in the microwave will help with assembly)

Spinach, tomato, onion, cheese, etc.



1. Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat until shimmering.

2. Add the onion, garlic, sage, oregano, red pepper flakes, chili powder, and ground cumin, and cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.

3. Add the cooked quinoa, black beans, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, mixing to thoroughly combine.

4. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes.

5. Assemble each taco as desired.


Source:  Adapted from VegNews.


July 18, 2013 - 8:18 am

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I’m so happy you had tacos on hand, because I wouldn’t want these any other way! They look perfect!

July 18, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl - These sound SO good! I love using black beans in tacos, but your addition of quinoa sounds even better!

July 20, 2013 - 11:31 am

Anne - I love your focus on whole, healthy foods! I cook meatless dinners several times a week and have bookmarked a ton of your recent recipes to try!

July 20, 2013 - 2:25 pm

srlacy - Thank you, Anne!

July 21, 2013 - 11:43 am

Emily - These sound so good. I am always on the look out for new vegetarian or vegan taco recipes. I am making these for dinner.

July 25, 2013 - 3:07 pm

Daniel - Great looking tacos and healthy too, you can not asked for a better combination than this. Gonna give this recipe a try this weekend, i have been looking to try some quinoa based dishes ever since i have come across an article listing its benefits, and this sounds like a great way to do it. Thanks.

October 22, 2013 - 9:58 pm

Carisa - Mmm! I just made these, they were ABSOLUTELY delicious! Thanks so much for your culinary genius as this is just one of many dishes I have tried of yours 😀

January 1, 2015 - 2:56 pm

Sandra - your recipes sound interesting and I would like to try some of them. I would also like to print them but can’t find a print button.