Three Bean Crispy Tacos

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 19, 2010

We’ve talked about adding beans to taco meat to stretch the protein out a little further. But now, it’s time to take it even further. To “three bean” tacos.

So my idea for “three bean tacos” turned into a “two bean” taco!  If you look close enough, you’ll notice that there are only 2 beans in these tacos. Only the black beans and pinto beans made the cut.

I accidentally grabbed the bag of just pinto beans from the freezer.  Last time I made a batch of dried beans (how to cook dried beans here), I froze some red kidney beans with some pinto beans in the same baggie…knowing that I’d be using them for this recipe.


Since I grabbed the wrong bag…you’ll just have to image some red kidney beans in there.

And this meal is just the beginning of my new love affair with avocados.

1 lb. ground chuck ($1.79)
3 cups cooked beans, pinto and black in this case! ($.60)
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, drained ($.29) Bought on sale with coupon and store discount
3 Tbsp homemade taco seasoning ($.10)
8 hard shell tacos ($1) Bought on sale with store discount
Handful or so shredded lettuce ($.05)
1 cup rice ($.20)
1 avocado, sliced ($1)
Couple drops of lime juice ($.01)


Brown the ground chuck and drain.  Return it to the skillet and add the cooked beans, diced tomatoes, and homemade taco seasoning.  Let simmer for 5 minutes or so.

Meanwhile, slice the avocado. (How to select and cut an avocado. You can’t always believe that “Ripe for Tonight” sticker!)

And cook the rice as directed on the package.

Squeeze gently so the slices pull away from the avocado.

Assemble the tacos with the lettuce and taco meat. (I left out cheese, but my all means, sprinkle some on top.)

Place the avocado on top of the rice and add a few drops of lime juice. Divine.

Serve Three Two Bean Crispy Tacos with Avocado-Lime Rice.

Cost $5.04…This easily made enough taco meat for 8 adults!

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And here’s my leftovers idea for you…

Leftover meat and a tortilla, warmed…with a few avocado slices.

(There’s that avocado again. Must be true love.)

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Candi May 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I have a love affair with avocados too. They are simply the best thing ever (right now) :)


Lesley May 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I adore Tacos….and what a great way to incorporate healthy beans…..


ChampagneMommy May 19, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Mmmm, looks great, how much $ would it add if I had a nice cold beer with this dinner :)


Laura May 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I love avocados. With Mexican is the best but they are also good sliced thin on a turkey sandwhich.


Shandra May 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm

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Nicole May 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Avocados have been on sale in my area for .50-.88. They can be refrigerated once ripe to extend their shelf life!


Carol Ann May 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm


Aldi had them on sale for $.29, I wish there was a way to buy in bulk and they actually stay good!!!!


Jessica @ Life as I See It May 20, 2010 at 11:56 am

Oh yum!!
We have started putting avocados in our green smoothies.They are surprisingly a yummy addition. We drink green smoothies 3x a day and when the avocados go on sale they are a welcome addition to our smoothie!!

I just made a curried black bean and couscous dish (just posted the recipe today). We are really getting into bean dishes.
I will have to try these tacos out!! Thanks :)


James May 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm

looks delicious- i will have to try these out… i love tacos and experimenting with different ways to make them.


FoodontheTable May 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Great idea to mix in beans for less expensive (and more fiber!) filling.


Jen May 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I love to add beans to my tacos but my kids & dh pick them out. The way I outsmarted them was to mash the beans (heat & add a bit of water to get them to the right consistency) and then add them to the taco meat. No body but me knows they’re in there!

Oh, I also wanted to tell you that your photography has been looking really great. Are you using a new camera?


BattyPatty June 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Thanks for that tip. I mentioned adding beans to our taco filling (want to add nutrients and save money) and was met with a sour face. That’ll teach them, lol.


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy June 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I’ve had this recipe sitting in my email box for a few weeks now and am finally ready to print! I LOVE adding beans to things. I’ll for sure make this and link it back to you, this looks super, thanks!


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