Black Bean Tacos

For the longest time I thought vegetarian dishes were boring.  I mean how could dishes that don’t include meat, cheese, milk or cream be appetizing? However health matters have allowed me to really embrace vegetarian cooking and I can say I quite enjoy the flavourful dishes that I have been creating.  Coming from an Italian and British background, heavy foods have always been part of my daily meals.   Vegetarian food doesn’t have to be boring and I have finally realized how to get my meat-loving husband to eat (and enjoy!) these flavourful dishes.  It is all about shifting your perspective about a plant-based lifestyle.  I always encourage my clients to start slow and incorporate one plant-based meal once a week and then increase from there.

These hearty vegetarian tacos are my ‘go-to’ they take only minutes to make.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


1 tablespoon of avocado oil

3 garlic cloves (minced)

1 (15 ounce) can of organic black beans (rinsed and drained)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2 tablespoons hemp hearts

1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

salt and pepper to taste


  1. With a potato masher, mash black beans, then add chia seeds, hemp hearts salt, pepper and cayenne until thick
  2. Heat avocado oil in a pan over medium-low heat; sauté garlic in hot oil until golden.  Add in black bean mixture and reduce heat to low cooking at a simmer until thick and fragrant
  3. Serve with corn tortillas, tomato, avocado, shredded lettuce, cashew yogurt (in replace of sour cream) and goat cheese