Quinoa and Black Bean Taco Bites

June 27, 2012 · 24 comments

Black Bean Quinoa Balls

If I told you I was singing the Call Me Maybe chorus in my head, and, let’s be real, to the world, nonstop this summer, would you be surprised?

Yea…me either.

If I told you I made a vegan taco protein situation would you be surprised? Because I’m really going for the element of suspense.

And I think I totally nailed it here.

Black Bean Quinoa Mix-Ins

These are crazy simple. And crazy healthy. And…if you wanted a true peek into my real food life, you’d see a whole lot of meat substitutes in dinners.

Also, dogs more interested in the squirrels outside than the food on the floor (for photography purposes) happens a lot. I want to tell you I trained him to ignore this…but you’d just know I was lying.

Food on the Floor with Hunter

These taco bites are mostly an invitation for your creative brain to adapt. Think of them as a base…and then consider adding diced veggies, or shredded cheese (if you’re okay losing the vegan-ness). Add them to taco salads, or wrap them into a tortilla shell with the taco add-ins you’re accustomed to in normal meat tacos.

Black Bean Quinoa Balls

Either way, they make a dinner alternative that leaves you feeling good about life.

Singing I just met you this is crazy in the shower good.

Quinoa and Black Bean Taco Bites

1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, drained
3 cups cooked quinoa
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, choppped
1 packet taco seasoning

Drain black beans and place in a medium sized mixing bowl. Smash with a fork. (Your goal here isn’t to make a puree, but to leave some chunks.) Add cooked quinoa, water, cilantro and taco seasoning and stir to combine. Form into small balls and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Serve cold in taco salads, and warm (heated in the microwave for about 45 seconds) in soft tortilla shells.

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) June 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I made some similar to this, but they were pizza flavored. I’ll have to try these! I’m also jealous of your lab bc when I try to photograph he can’t stay out of the way!


Erica @ For the Sake of Cake June 28, 2012 at 6:44 am

Love this idea! And I love how short the ingredient list is!


Jennifer@The Foodery June 28, 2012 at 7:11 am

I REALLY like this idea! :D


Emily @ Life on Food June 28, 2012 at 9:14 am

What a great idea! I haven’t seen anything like this before but I love the flavors. I am posting quinoa and black bean bowls later today but I love that you have bite size balls. Yum!


RavieNomNoms June 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

This is an awesome idea! I love quinoa and black beans together, it is SO yummy!


amy @ fearless homemaker June 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

awesome! they’re like little meat-free taco meatballs – love! i know i’d eat these like they’re going out of style. yum!


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust June 28, 2012 at 10:42 am

Um, wow. Must have these. I have all these ingredients…totally making them next week!!!


Baking Serendipity June 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

Let me know what you think! :)


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts June 28, 2012 at 10:58 am

My 7 year old sings that song all day, so I constantly have it in my head!!

I love this idea – I am going to have to try it soon. I like the idea of a meat subsitute, and if it tastes like tacos, that it has to be good!


Julie June 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

I think it’s too good to be true, I’m sitting at work while Call Me Maybe came on pandora, and realized I have all of these ingredients at home! Plus oven-free is perfect for this heat. Can’t wait to try tonight. :)


Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian June 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm

These look fabulous!
I love the ingredient list..i have all these items at home already! :)


corrie anne June 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

That is awesome. I’ve made black bean quinoa tacos before, but those look so cool!!!!!!!!!!


ellenbcookery June 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm

These sound so nice and healthy. Look good too and love your chocolate lab!


Cassie June 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Perfect! We eat black bean quinoa burgers about once per week. Love this twist!


Cinnamon @ eatpraytri June 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Yes yes yes…a THOUSAND times yes. My dog would NEVER do that. And he loves squirrels. LOL.


sally @ sallys baking addiction June 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

These are adorable!! So many wonderful tastes all in one healthy bite! These are so creative!!


Michelle (Better with Berries) June 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm

How creative! I love the “behind the scenes” shot with your doggie. Too cute :-)


teri@managedmacros June 29, 2012 at 7:08 am

5 ingredients, nutritious and delicious? This is my kind of recipe! Looks great!!!


Baker Street June 29, 2012 at 10:46 am

anything that calls for just about 4-5 ingredients and yields such fantastic results is a winner in my books! great recipe!!


Heidi @ Food Doodles June 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Yummy! Love this idea – especially serving them in a tortilla like that!


soft serve ice cream machine July 1, 2012 at 8:50 am

Delicious recipe. A great substitute for meat. It’s very healthy. Good job.


Abby July 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

This is awesome! And what a cute puppy! is it a choc lab?


Krista July 2, 2012 at 11:36 pm

These look amazing! Love your blog :)


Simply Life July 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I JUST got your posts in my feed – I LOVE the new site! It looks GREAT!…and does this recipe!


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