Spicy Black Bean Taco Salad – Gluten Free

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 4, 2009

Another great gluten free meal idea from Carrie at GingerLemonGirl

Another budget friendly simple meal to make for your family! Michael and I rely on very quick meals because we both currently work outside the home. I have an hour commute so by the time I get home it can often be after 6:30pm! I am chef in our house, which means our meals must be quick, easy, tasty, and nutritious.

Michael and I try to have a vegetarian meal at least once a week. Vegetarian meals are often cheaper than meals made with meat or chicken, and they can be very healthy and a light alternative to heavier “meaty” meals. The best part? This meal is naturally gluten free!

All the ingredients for this meal are in our probably in your pantry and you can’t get much more frugal than that! It’s a great meal to rely on when you’re short on cash or if you enjoy occasional vegetarian meals! The fun part is making the homemade taco seasoning! This is a much cheaper alternative than store bought taco seasoning, and it’s guaranteed to be gluten free and safe for your family! You can make this recipe ahead of time and store it in snack-size ziplock bags!

Carrie’s Quick Spicy Black Bean Taco Salad

1 (12 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed (.79)
1 (12 oz.) can sweet corn kernels, drained and rinsed (.79)
1 recipe Gluten Free Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix (recipe below — practically free in your pantry!!)
Chopped lettuce (1.09)
1 tomato, diced (.49)
Corn Chips or tortilla chips, gently crushed (1.69 on sale)

Total Cost for Entire Meal = $4.85

Pour black beans and sweet corn in a medium sized saucepan with 1/4 cup of water. Add homemade taco seasoning. Cook on medium high until heated through. Serve over chopped lettuce and sprinkle with diced tomato and crushed tortilla chips. Makes 4 large servings!

Carrie’s Frugal Homemade Gluten Free Taco Seasoning Mix:
1 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix together and store in an airtight container until ready for use. Equals 1 packet of store bought taco seasoning. If you add this to ground meat or chicken you can also add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch to the mix for a thicker sauce.

Carrie is an eastern NC resident with a passion for frugal gluten-free cooking and baking. She loves helping people with food intolerances. You can email Carrie at gingerlemongirl@gmail.com and read her blog at http://www.gingerlemongirl.com.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Lois June 4, 2009 at 10:37 am

Perfect timing! I just wrote myself a note this morning to find a good, quick, and easy recipe to use up some black beans. Thanks!


Michelle June 4, 2009 at 10:43 am

This looks fabulous and easy … wonder if my 4 year old would eat it?
I’m new to your site … thanks so much for the work you put into it!


Becky June 4, 2009 at 11:17 am

Thanks! We are all gluten free so finding a quick, cheap gf meal is great!


Mary June 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Doesn’t taco seasoning also have some sort of tomato in it? I’ve always wanted to make my own because they do charge too much for it. Any good blends to add to rice?


carrie @ gingerlemongirl.com June 4, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Mary — this is a dry taco seasoning mix, you can certainly add tomatoes to make a sauce if you prefer!! ;-) I hope you enjoy it!!


MPGodfrey June 4, 2009 at 2:02 pm

GREAT! I am always on this site looking for fast and cost conscious meals for my family. Thank you once again for another sure-to-be crowd pleaser!



Kat June 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm

This sounds so yummy…and easy. It’s going on my list of recipes to try!


Will Blog For Shoes June 4, 2009 at 10:56 pm

This sounds so yummy! I can’t wait to try it!


Hope :) June 5, 2009 at 8:35 am

This looks great! The warmer weather has me looking for fun, easy, and healthy picnic meals — this fits the bill beautifully! Thanks so much!


Amanda June 8, 2009 at 11:25 am

Thanks for this recipe. My cousin has to cook everything gluten free for her husband and kids, so she will be so thankful for this. Thanks a bunch!


Betty June 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm

YUM! Great idea…….I’ll definitely try this…..


Jennifer June 8, 2009 at 6:23 pm

I wonder if you could use a regular taco seasoning mix?? I have several that I want to use up. :)


Courtney Jackson June 9, 2009 at 4:25 am

Please keep sending the gfcf meals!!!!!!! My daughter has hf autism and I am trying the diet again. It can get WAY too expensive. We need all the help we can get.


carrie @ gingerlemongirl.com June 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm

For those asking about whether or not a store bought taco mix is gluten free… SOME brands are… but not all of them! Many of them contain WHEAT starch and it is not always clearly labeled. If I remember correctly, McCormick’s does make a gluten free taco mix, which you could certainly use in place of the homemade mix here.


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