So apparently the Super Bowl is coming up soon? I dunno. I don’t follow football, but I know a lot of you do, so I wanted to give you some budget-y options for football eats! These cute and crispy little Creamy Black Bean Taquitos are really easy, fun to eat, and are totally Super Bowl worthy. Plus, they make a pretty impressive presentation, especially when provided with multiple sauces for dipping.
Making a vegetarian taquito means that almost all the ingredients are very budget friendly. Corn tortillas are super cheap, especially when you buy a large pack. If you can’t use 30+ corn tortillas at once, you can freeze half of them or just use the other half to make some homemade baked tortilla chips. Because it isn’t a party without some tortilla chips anyway, right? You can also cut the cost significantly by using beans that are cooked at home instead of canned. I’m out of my home cooked beans right now, so I had to use canned, but home cooked are usually about 1/3 the cost for me. Here’s a tutorial on how to cook beans easily using a slow cooker.
These taquitos are great on their own, but it’s always fun to have something to dip them in. I like salsa for these because the filling is already creamy, but sour cream or guacamole are also nice!
Creamy Black Bean Taquitos
- 4oz. cream cheese (room temperature) $1.00
- 15oz. can black beans $0.95
- 4oz. can diced green chiles $1.09
- 2 green onions $0.21
- 2-3 dashes hot sauce (optional) $0.05
- ⅛ tsp garlic powder $0.02
- ⅛ tsp salt (or to taste) $0.02
- 15 6-inch corn tortillas $1.37
- 3 Tbsp cooking oil, divided, for frying $0.12
- Rinse and drain the black beans. Drain the diced green chiles. Slice the green onions. Add the cream cheese, black beans, green chiles, green onion, hot sauce, garlic powder, and salt to a bowl. Stir together until evenly combined, then taste and adjust the salt or hot sauce to your liking.
- Stack 5 tortillas on a plate, cover with a damp paper towel, and microwave for about 20 seconds to soften (this helps prevent them from cracking when rolled). Heat a large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Working quickly as the skillet heats, place about 2 Tbsp of the black bean filling in each tortilla then roll tightly closed.
- Once all five are filled, add about 1 Tbsp cooking oil to the skillet, give it a few seconds to heat (it should shimmer), then add the filled taquitos seam side down. Cook the taquitos on each side until brown and crispy, then transfer to a clean plate.
- Repeat the process in small batches of five, adding a little more oil to the skillet each time, until all the filling has been used (about 15 taquitos). Serve while still hot.
Step by Step Photos
Start by rinsing and draining a 15oz. can of black beans (or 1.5-2 cups if using homemade). Drain one 4oz. can of diced green chiles. Add 4oz. room temperature cream cheese to a bowl with the black beans, green chiles, 2 sliced green onions, 2-3 dashes of hot sauce, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, and 1/8 tsp salt.
Stir everything together until well combined. Taste the mixture and adjust the salt or hot sauce to your liking. The mixture isn’t very pretty, I’ll admit, but it’s SO tasty!
Working in small batches of about 5 tortillas at a time, place the 6-inch tortillas on a plate, cover with a damp paper towel, and microwave for about 20 seconds to soften them up some. This helps them stay pliable and not crack open when you roll them.
Begin heating a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Working quickly, begin filling each tortilla with about 2 Tbsp of the black bean filling, then rolling tightly. You’ll need less filling than you suspect, I promise. You want the tortilla to wrap around itself at least once, so don’t over fill.
Once the skillet is hot, add about 1 Tbsp cooking oil and swirl to coat the surface. Give it a couple of seconds to heat until it looks shimmery, then add the rolled taquitos seam side down. Let the taquitos cook on each side until golden brown and crispy. Keeping them close together as they cook also helps prevent them from unrolling while in the skillet. You can use the few minutes while they cook to start warming, filling, and rolling the next batch of taquitos. Repeat the process in small batches, adding a little more oil to the skillet each time, until they’re all filled and cooked.
And that’s how you make super simple, delicious, crispy, and creamy black bean taquitos!