Weeknight Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar

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Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro.  This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want!  Perfect for kids.  #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood  #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Imagine this… Your spoon scoops up fluffy rice with smoky black beans, creamy avocado, salty Cotija cheese, cool tangy sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro.  Then you look at your child scooping up a giant spoonful of rice and a lone black bean, while simultaneously shoving cheese into her mouth with her other hand.  Ahhhh, family dinner ;).

Sound familiar?  Well, then this Weeknight Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar is just for you!  You can make the beans and rice on the weekend and reheat on the weeknight.  Then, everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings that suits their fancy.  You can load ’em up and the kids can pick and choose. 

Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Black Beans are Sooooooo Good for You!

Black Beans are pretty amazing in terms of health benefits.  They have a whopping 15g of protein and 15g of Fiber in 1 cup!  It’s recommended that Women get 25g of Fiber daily, but most women aren’t getting this much in their diet.   When I checked my daily fiber intake, I was only at about 15g and was really surprised!!  Track your Fiber for a day or two and see how you stack up. 

Black beans are a great source of Fiber, especially if you’re eating a gluten free diet and may not be getting fiber from grains.  Try my Huevos Tostadas, Easy Brazilian Black Beans or Chickpea & Black Bean Cakes with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce or my Creamy Cajun Beans & Cauliflower over Quinoa for other great ways to enjoy black beans!

Black Beans with spoon for Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR BLACK BEAN TACO BOWLS

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

For Dry Black Beans start this 1-2 days prior to when you want to eat…Measure out 1 cup and strain them under water. Then pour into a bowl, cover with water so that the water is about 1 inch above the beans. Place in the fridge overnight.

Dry Black Beans soaking in water for Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Dry Black Beans soaking in water for Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

You can definitely use canned black beans as well, just rinse them off under water and follow the same instructions in the recipe.

Mince the garlic, chop the cilantro, slice the scallion thin.

When you’re ready to cook the beans (this can be done up to 5 days in advance and even frozen up to 4 months in advance), drain them and give them another rinse. Pour them into a pot and add 1 cup water, along with the minced garlic, 1/2 cup cilantro, chili powder, cumin, and salt.

Bring the beans up to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer, cover and let cook for 60 minutes.  NOTE, for canned beans you can reduce this time to 20 minutes.

While the beans are cooking, make the rice. Rinse the rice under water in a strainer until the water runs clear. Add to 4 cups of water with a pinch of salt and bring up to a boil. Turn the water down to a low simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes. 

ASSEMBLE YOUR BLACK BEAN TACO BOWL BAR 

When you’re ready to eat, reheat the beans and rice if you’ve made them ahead.  Dice the avocado and the tomato. Get the sour cream and cotija cheese, extra cilantro leaves, and tortilla chips ready.

Serve the the rice in bowls with beans on top. Let everyone top them with whatever they want! Enjoy!

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Black Bean Taco Bowls

Black Bean Taco Bowls have fluffy rice with smoky black beans, creamy avocado, salty Cotija cheese, cool tangy sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro.  This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings that suits their fancy.  You can load 'em up and the kids can pick and choose.  #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword black beans, dinner, easy dinner, family dinner, tacos, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Dry Bean Soaking 8 hours
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 738 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 Black Beans, dry soaked in water or canned
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 Scallions
  • 2 cups Rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Cotija Cheese
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 cup Tortilla Chips

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Instructions

  1. For Dry Black Beans start this 1-2 days prior to when you want to eat...Measure out 1 cup and strain them under water.  Then pour into a bowl, cover with water so that the water is about 1 inch above the beans.  Place in the fridge overnight.

    Dry Black Beans soaking in water for Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian
  2. Mince the garlic, chop the cilantro, slice the scallion thin.  

  3. When you're ready to cook the beans (this can be done up to 5 days in advance and even frozen up to 4 months in advance), drain them and give them another rinse.  Pour them into a pot and add 1 cup water, along with the minced garlic, 1/2 cup cilantro, chili powder, cumin, and salt.

  4. Bring the beans up to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer, cover and let cook for 60 minutes.

  5. While the beans are cooking, make the rice.  Rinse the rice under water in a strainer until the water runs clear.  Add to 4 cups of water with a pinch of salt and bring up to a boil.  Turn the water down to a low simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes. 

  6. While the beans and rice are cooking (or warming back up), dice the avocado and the tomato.  Get the sour cream, cotija cheese, extra cilantro leaves, and tortilla chips ready in bowls with spoons.

  7. When the beans and rice are done, serve the the rice in bowls with beans on top.  Let everyone top them with whatever they want!  Enjoy!

 

 

Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas

Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good! The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty aged Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted. Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro. Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!

Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good!  The tortillas are baked until perfectly crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, more cheese, and then baked until the cheese is melted.  Top it with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro.  Again, CRAZY GOOD!  I made these Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas while my Dad was visiting this past weekend and we could barely wait until they were on the table before attacking them.  I also may or may not have had one the next morning for breakfast🙄.

Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good! The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty aged Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted. Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro. Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!

Tostadas are great because you can top them with just about anything you want.  Traditionally, they are topped with refried pinto beans and cheese, so I wanted to stick somewhat close to that, but venture out a bit.

Refried beans are quite literally beans that are fried two times.  They are first cooked and then mashed and cooked again.  My version takes a couple short cuts to save on time.  I suggest buying canned cooked beans and then putting all of the ingredients into a food processor and blending them up with the beans before cooking them in a skillet.  (Check out my SHOP Page for the mini food processor that I literally cannot live without as it makes my life so much easier!)  I also went with Black Beans since I just really love them and we always have them them in the house for a variety of recipes.  EASY!  DELICIOUS!

Ok, now on to the prep!

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR COOKING ‘KIT’

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Prepping meals ahead can make ALL the difference!  So, here are the steps you can do the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit…

(See the recipe below for more details)

  • I love to buy pre-sliced mushrooms, but if you have whole, then slice them in advance and saute them ahead as well.  These too can be reheated when ready to assemble the tostadas.

Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good! The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty aged Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted. Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro. Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!

  • The beans can be entirely made ahead of time and stored in the fridge.  Simply warm them up on the stove when ready to use.

Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good! The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty aged Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted. Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro. Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!

  • The Cilantro Lime Cream…yep, this too can be made ahead!!
  • Shred the Manchego cheese using the large side of a shredder and place in storage bag. For the Cheese, I went with Manchego, which is a bit nuttier than a standard cheddar and has a deeper flavor that pairs so incredibly with mushrooms.  Manchego generally comes in 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month aged varieties.  I like the 6-month because it is firmer the more it ages, the flavor is more intense and the price is a bit easier on the wallet than the 12-month, but any of these will do!
  • Slice the radishes and any other garnishes that you like to add ahead too.
  • Wow, you have practically made this entire dish ahead, so on a sheet pan or in a large bowl, place the refried black beans, the mushrooms, the Cilantro Lime Cream, the radishes, the cilantro, extra Lime wedges, and the tortillas (wait to bake these on the night of the meal).

COOK YOUR MEAL:
  • On the night you’re ready to cook, pull your KIT out from the fridge!
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the tortillas flat on a sheet pan.  Spray both sides of each tortilla with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then sprinkle salt and Chili Powder over top.  Place the sheet pans in the oven on the center rack and cook for 10 minutes one side, then flip the tortillas over and cook for another 10-15 minutes on the other side until they are crisp all the way to the center.
  • While the tortillas are in the oven, you can be reheating your beans and mushrooms.
  • Now comes the assembly.  First, spread a layer of black beans on the tortillas and top with Manchego Cheese.

Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good! The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty aged Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted. Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro. Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!

  • Next top with mushrooms. Then add another sprinkle of cheese.

Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good! The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty aged Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted. Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro. Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!

Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good! The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty aged Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted. Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro. Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!

Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good! The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty aged Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted. Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro. Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!

  • Put the tostadas back in the 350 oven for 5-8 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Top with Cilantro Lime Cream, radishes, and fresh cilantro.  Enjoy!

Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good! The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty aged Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted. Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro. Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!

Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas

Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good!  The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted.  Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro.  Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Refried Black Beans

  • 1 can Black Beans, 15oz
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray

Mushrooms

  • 8 oz White Button Mushrooms, Sliced
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray
  • Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

Tortillas

  • 12 Corn Tortillas
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder sprinkled over each tortilla
  • Salt
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray

Cilantro Lime Crema

  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Tbls Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp Salt

Other

  • 8 oz Manchego Cheese, Shredded
  • 1 oz Cilantro
  • 5 Radishes

Instructions

Prep-Ahead

  1. To a preheated hot medium-large skillet, spray a coating of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Then add your sliced mushrooms, salt, and pepper.  Spread out into an even layer as best as you can and then let them sit (don't stir) for 2-3 minutes or until the bottoms are seared and the natural sugars create this delicious brown edge.  Then mix them up so that the other side is face down and gets a nice sear.  They will reduce in size so that all mushrooms can now get some pan surface.  

  2. Drain and rinse the can of black beans.  Add them to a food processor with with 1/4 cup water, 1 clove of garlic, and the cumin.  Pulse to mince the garlic and blend up the beans.  

    Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good! The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty aged Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted. Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro. Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!
  3. You want the beans mostly blended, but with some texture, as these will get cooked down and then spread on the tortillas.  Scrape down the sides of the blender and add more water if needed, 1 tablespoon at a time, continuing to pulse until you get the ideal texture and there are no big chunks of garlic.

    Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good! The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty aged Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted. Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro. Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!
  4. After blending, add the beans to the same skillet used for the mushrooms; there is no need to clean off, as its all great flavor in there! Just make sure the pan is hot again and add another light coating of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray. Stir the beans around as they cook so as not to burn. Turn the heat down to med-low and cook for 10 minutes so that the moisture cooks off and the beans get nice and thick.
  5. Zest the entire lime, then quarter it.  Place 3 of the quarters in a storage bag.  Finely chop 1 Tbls of cilantro for the cream and put off to the side.  Then rough chop another 3-4 tbls of cilantro for garnish and place in storage bag.

  6. To a small mixing bowl, add the sour cream, the lime zest, the juice from one quarter of the lime, the 1 Tbls finely chopped cilantro, and the salt.  Mix to combine, then cover and store in the fridge.

    Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good! The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty aged Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted. Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro. Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!
  7. Since Manchego generally doesn't come shredded, you can shred it ahead of time using the large side of the grater.  Place the cheese in a storage bag for the fridge.

  8. Finally, wash and thinly slice the radishes.  Place these in a storage bag.

  9. On a sheet pan or in a large bowl, place the refried black beans, the mushrooms, the Cilantro Lime Cream, the radishes, the cilantro, extra Lime wedges, and the tortillas (wait to bake these on the night of the meal).

Time to Cook:

  1. On the night you’re ready to cook, pull your KIT out from the fridge!
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

  3. Place the tortillas flat on a sheet pan.  Try to fit as many as you can without overlapping them.  Its ok if they touch, but if they are laying on top of each other they will not get crisp in those places.  You will likely need 2 pans to cook the tortillas or you can do them in batches.  

  4. Spray the top of each tortilla with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then sprinkle salt and Chili Powder over top.  Then flip the tortillas over and do the same to the other side.  Place the sheet pans in the oven on the center rack and cook for 10 minutes one side, then flip the tortillas over and cook for another 10-15 minutes on the other side until they are crisp all the way to the center.

  5. While the tortillas are in the oven, you can be reheating your beans and mushrooms.  

  6. When the tortillas are done, you can place them on paper towel or pat them down to soak up excess oil.

  7. Now comes the assembly.  First, spread a layer of black beans on the tortillas and then top with shredded Manchego.

    Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good! The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty aged Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted. Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro. Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!
  8. Next top with mushrooms. Then add another sprinkle of cheese.  Put the tostadas back in the 350 oven for 5-8 minutes or until the cheese is melted. 

    Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good! The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty aged Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted. Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro. Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!
  9. Top with Cilantro Lime Cream, radishes, and fresh cilantro.  Enjoy!

    Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas with Manchego Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Cream are crazy good! The tortillas are baked until crunchy, then topped with homemade refried black beans, nutty aged Manchego Cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and then baked until the cheese is melted. Top with cool cilantro lime cream, crisp radishes, and fresh cilantro. Simple, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Delicious!