Crispy Cheesy Refried Bean Tacos
These crispy pan-fried tortillas are stuffed with melty cheese and refried beans for totally perfect refried bean tacos. Made with only four ingredients you probably already have on hand, these vegetarian tacos are so easy to throw together, and the whole family will love them. Get creative with your favorite toppings and throw this easy Mexican recipe into the rotation!
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- The textures in these refried bean tacos are EVERYTHING. Delightfully crisp and crunchy taco shells, with a creamy and flavorful refried bean filling. Perfect for Meatless Mondays AND Taco Tuesdays alike!
- They’re super easy to make. Seriously. There’s only a handful of ingredients, and the most complicated part is frying the shells. If you can put food in a hot skillet, though, you can totally handle this!
- One of the best things about any type of tacos is their potential! The flavor options are endless because you can literally put anything at all in them. Use my cheese & bean taco recipe as a base and add spicy mayo, crisp lettuce, refreshing pico, tangy onions, or anything else you like.
Refried Beans – Canned refried beans make this recipe even easier, but you can absolutely use homemade refried beans instead. I’ve got a perfect recipe for Instant Pot Refried Beans on the blog. Refried black beans will also work here!
Corn Tortillas – The key to really, really crispy tacos is to use corn tortillas, not flour. You can use flour tortillas if you prefer them, of course, but fried corn tortillas give you that incredible crunch that pairs so well with the creamy refried beans.
- Don’t skip the seasonings. Canned refried beans are good, but the spices make them next-level, much more like what you’d get in a restaurant instead of the grocery store. All you need is a little salt and a little cumin – so simple!
- These refried bean tacos are best when they’re fresh, so I don’t really recommend making them ahead of time. If you do have leftovers, refrigerate them in an airtight container without any toppings, then bake them or air fry them to reheat. They won’t be quite as crispy but they’ll still taste good!
- For really crispy taco shells, lay them on a wire cooling rack to drain the oil after pan-frying them. A plate lined with a paper towel will totally work, but the tacos will be laying in that hot oil that drains off, which can sometimes make them a little soggy on that side. If they’re on a cooling rack, the oil drips off and away from the tacos.
More Mexican-Inspired Recipes You’ll Love
- Bell Pepper Nachos (Whole30)
- Easy Cheesy Salsa Chicken
- Homemade Air Fryer Tortilla Chips
- Vegan Enchiladas
- Homemade Taco Sauce
Crispy Cheesy Refried Bean Tacos
- 1 16-ounce can refried beans or make your own
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 12 corn tortillas
- neutral oil like avocado oil, for frying
- 2 cups freshly shredded cheese Mexican-style or cheddar
- Medium bowl
- Silicone spatula
- Large skillet
- Tongs or spatula
- Plate lined with paper towels or wire cooling rack over paper towels
- Empty can of refried beans into medium bowl. Add ¼ teaspoon cumin and ½ teaspoon salt, then stir well until mixture is very smooth.
- Place 2 tablespoons bean mixture in center of 1 corn tortilla and flatten to fill tortilla, then add shredded cheese. Fold tortilla in half and set aside. Repeat until all tacos have been formed.
- Add thin layer of neutral oil to large skillet and heat over medium heat.
- Once oil is hot, gently placed folded tacos in skillet in one flat layer. Cook tacos 3 minutes or until crisped and golden brown on bottom. Press down on tacos if needed to hold shell closed.
- Use tongs or spatula to flip tacos over. Cook another 2 to 3 minutes or until crisped and golden brown.
- Transfer tacos to plate lined with paper towels or to wire cooling rack over paper towels. Let oil drain while cooking any remaining tacos. Once drained, add desired toppings and serve.
- Refried Beans: You can also use refried black beans if you prefer.
- Suggested Toppings: Guacamole, spicy mayonnaise, sour cream, lettuce, jalapeños, bell peppers, pico de gallo, taco sauce, onions, cilantro.
- Make it Vegan/Dairy Free: Use vegan cheese.
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
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