Smoky BBQ Bean Tacos

You know, when you’re eating something so delicious, you can’t stop saying, “Mmm, so good!” That’s exactly what happened with these vegan BBQ bean tacos! They’re not to be missed.

Here’s the deets: Ready in 25 minutes with ten basic ingredients. Plant-based and gluten-free. Packed with a smoky, spicy BBQ flavor. Hearty and satisfying. Mega satisfying. And topped with optional (and highly recommended) Jicama Slaw and Guacamole! Make these your next meal — you won’t be disappointed. Let us show you how it’s done!

Origins of Tacos

But first, who exactly invented the taco? It’s still a bit of a mystery! However, a professor who has spent much time researching the topic theorizes that Mexican silver miners invented tacos in the 18th century.

Tacos became popular throughout Mexico and were introduced to the US by Mexican immigrants in the 19th century. The following BBQ bean tacos are not traditional but a plant-based take inspired by the life-changing combination of tortillas with a simple, flavorful filling.

How to Make These Vegan Bean Tacos

These tacos start with sauteing onions for their sweet, caramelized goodness. Once they’re tender, we add a flavor-packed combination of chipotle peppers in adobo, cumin, and smoked paprika.

Next, come the pinto beans (black beans or white beans would also work) along with water to turn it into a saucy broth that infuses the beans with flavor while they cook. Maple syrup adds sweetness and balances the heat, while sea salt enhances all the flavors, and lime juice adds brightness.

After a quick cook on the stovetop, the beans are tender, coated in saucy, magical flavor, and ready for your favorite toppings. We highly recommend our Crunchy Jicama Slaw and Go-To Guacamole.



  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 1-4 chipotle peppers in adobo, roughly chopped (from a can // ~1 – 2 1/2 Tbsp as the recipe is written // spiciness varies by brand)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup water (or sub-vegetable broth for more flavor), plus more as needed
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice


  • Five corn tortillas (find our homemade recipe here!)
  • Jicama slaw (optional)
  • Guacamole (optional)


  • Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 4 minutes, until translucent and beginning to soften.
  • Add the chopped chipotles in adobo (use the lesser amount if sensitive to spice), cumin, and smoked paprika, and cook until fragrant — about 1 minute.
  • Add the drained pinto beans, water (or vegetable broth), maple syrup, and salt and stir to combine. Cook for 7-8 minutes, until warmed through and slightly thickened. Add the lime juice, stir, and season to taste, adding more paprika for smokiness, minced chipotle pepper for heat, or lime juice for brightness.
  • When the beans are ready (tender and well seasoned), warm the tortillas by wrapping them in a damp paper towel (or kitchen towel) and microwaving for 30 seconds to 1 minute; if using fresh or homemade tortillas, you can warm them one at a time in a cast iron skillet over high heat for 10-20 seconds on each side (or until just warmed), then wrap them in a towel to keep warm until serving.
  • Divide beans between warmed corn tortillas and serve with toppings of your choice (jicama slaw and guacamole are our favorites!). Leftover beans will be kept in the refrigerator for three days or in the freezer for one month.

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