Barb Hodgens
Barb Hodgens

Barb Hodgens loves to cook with alternative, healthy whole food ingredients, with a focus on gut health. Barb has overcome her own gut health issues through healthy eating. Share your ideas, comments and photos at the end of this post :)

black bean taco

Gluten-free, Corn-free and Vegan!

If you love your Mexican but miss out on tacos because you don’t eat grains or corn, you’ll love this beany alternative. They’re an excellent source of protein and are packed with gut – loving dietary fibre. They’re also vegan and can be made oil free. 

We must thank Camilla Saulsbury of Power Hungry for the inspiration for these ingenious, one ingredient tacos. This recipe is a perfect addition to our gluten free and grain free blender bread recipes and shows the versatility of our new Vibe Blender System. Like all our Vibe Blender recipes, this is incredibly simple to make, but the black beans do require soaking, so a little forward planning is required. However, after the soak and a quick rinse, the batter is ready to cook in minutes. Don’t be tempted to short cut it and use canned black beans - as we did in a second experiment  - they just don’t hold together! 

black bean taco

Because of its colour, the black bean batter looks most unlike food. Camilla is quite right to say it looks just like cement! It also has a mildly noticeable odour which had me concerned. Rest assured though that when stuffed with your favourite Mexican fillings, these tacos taste sensational and hold up as good as any grain-based taco.

Cooking with black bean batter takes a little getting used to. The mixture is thick (it doesn’t just look like cement!) and doesn’t spread itself like regular batters. However, adding more water is not the solution. Simply pour the batter into the centre of your pan and spread out into a larger circular shape with a silicon spatula. After a few wonky, misshaped taco’s I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it.

black bean taco

black Bean Taco

Black bean tacos

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Black Bean Tacos