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Black Bean Puree Tacos

Black Bean Puree

Our Black Bean Puree recipe is a budget-friendly, healthy and delicious alternative to refried beans. Packed with flavor (and fiber!) it’s a versatile base for tacos, tostadas and breakfast burritos. 

Black Bean Puree Recipe

Yield: 3 cups
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  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced and divided
  • 2 cups cooked black beans, drained and liquid reserved
  • 1/2 cup water or reserved liquid from beans
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon cotija cheese (optional)

Instructions for Adults 

Assist with supervision of safe knife skills and stovetop.

Instructions for Kids

Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil to hot pan and swirl to coat. 

Set aside 2 tablespoons of diced onion. Add the remaining onion to the hot pan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until translucent.

Add beans and 1/4 cup of water or liquid from beans to the pan. Using a potato masher, mash the beans and onions until they begin to form a rustic, chunky puree. 

Simmer on medium to low heat for 5-10 minutes or until beans reach your desired thickness. If needed, add remaining liquid for a smoother consistency.

Add salt to taste. Garnish with chopped cilantro, onion, and cotija cheese. (optional)

Eat as a side, dip, or spread. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 1 week


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