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Vegetarian Bean Tacos

Vegetarian Bean Tacos are full of bold flavors such as cilantro, chili powder, cumin, coriander and picante sauce.

Vegetarian Bean Tacos are full of proteins and other nutrients. I like to eat this recipe as a lettuce wrap.  The pace picante sauce gives these bean tacos the perfect amount of zing. I like to make these bean tacos for lunch but they would also be a wonderful dinner with a side salad. You can also use this bean mixture to make a fantastic nacho. 

Cost Per Serving $6.83 as of July 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $27.32.

If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost you about $17.60.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $4.40.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Stove Top

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1 taco

Equipment needed: 12″ sauté pan

Total time: 15 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a stocked pantry you will have a savings of about $9.72.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $9.72 as of July 2022

  • canola oil $3.47
  • chili powder $1.00
  • ground cumin $1.28
  • ground coriander $3.97


Total: $17.60 as of July 2022

  • 1 bunch cilantro $0.88
  • 1 jalapeno pepper $0.37
  • 1 bulb of garlic $0.54
  • 1 iceberg lettuce $1.62
  • 1 onion $0.40
  • 1 avocado $1.00
  • 1 tomato $0.91
  • 1 can refried beans 16 oz $0.92
  • 1 can black beans 15 oz $0.78
  • 1 jar pace picante sauce $2.38
  • 1 jar salsa $1.98
  • 1 bag whole wheat tortillas 8" $2.66
  • 1 block cheddar cheese $2.00
  • 1 sour cream $1.16

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete prep from prep tab above.
  2. Heat 12″ pan with 1 tablespoon canola oil then sauté onion, jalapeno and garlic until soft. 
  3. Add the can of refried beans, black beans, spices and picante sauce. 
  4. Bring to simmer for 5 minutes. 
  5. Warm tortilla shells and add 1/4 of the mixture and the toppings of your choice. Enjoy! 

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 2 under $70 – Menu 6

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