Quinoa and Black Bean Tacos

Prep Time:
10 minutes

Cook Time:
20 minutes

Total Time:
30 minutes


Quinoa and Black Bean Tacos with Cilantro Lime Crema

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The ALDI Test Kitchen is thrilled to offer up a mouthwatering recipe that's perfect for taco lovers - Quinoa and Black Bean Tacos with Cilantro Lime Crema! This delicious dish combines protein-packed quinoa, flavorful black beans and a tangy cilantro lime crema, all wrapped up in charred corn tortillas for a satisfying and healthy meal.

The key to this recipe is the combination of spices that infuse the quinoa with a burst of flavor. With chili powder, cumin and paprika, along with aromatic garlic and tomato paste, the quinoa takes on a rich and savory taste that's sure to impress. The addition of organic black beans adds a creamy texture and hearty bite to the filling, making these tacos a satisfying option for both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

To complement the savory flavors of the quinoa and black bean mixture, the recipe includes a zesty cilantro lime crema. Made with Greek yogurt (or sour cream, or a dairy-free alternative), fresh cilantro, lime zest and juice, garlic and cumin, the crema adds a burst of freshness and tang to each bite. It's easy to whip up in a food processor or blender and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, making it a versatile condiment for other dishes as well.

Assembling these tacos is a breeze. Simply spoon some of the quinoa and black bean mixture onto charred corn tortillas, and top with sliced avocado for a creamy contrast. Drizzle the cilantro lime crema over the top, and finish with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and any additional salsas or toppings of your choice. The result is a vibrant and flavorful taco that's perfect for a casual weeknight dinner, a weekend gathering with friends or a festive taco Tuesday celebration!

The setting for enjoying these quinoa and black bean tacos with cilantro lime crema is up to you! Whether you're gathered around the dinner table with your loved ones, hosting a backyard barbecue or indulging in a cozy movie night, these tacos are sure to be a hit. With their bold flavors, wholesome ingredients and customizable toppings, they're a versatile and delicious option for any occasion.

Simply put, these quinoa and black bean tacos with cilantro lime crema are a flavorful and wholesome choice for taco lovers looking for a tasty twist on a classic dish. With a spiced quinoa and black bean filling, zesty cilantro lime crema and customizable toppings, these tacos are sure to please your taste buds and impress your guests. So, grab your ingredients, follow the simple directions and get ready to savor the deliciousness of these irresistible tacos!



  1. Add the olive oil to a medium skillet (with lid) over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion. Season with 1 teaspoon Kosher salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. 
  2. Stir the garlic into the skillet. Cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in the spices (chili powder, cumin, paprika) and tomato paste. Stir to coat the onion and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes more, until very fragrant. 
  3. Add the quinoa to the skillet, stirring to combine with the onion mixture. Let the quinoa toast for about 1 minute before adding in the vegetable broth. Increase heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, add in the black beans. Cover the skillet and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Once the quinoa is cooked, remove the skillet from the heat – but let it stand covered for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove the lid. Squeeze the lime juice over top and fluff the mixture with a fork. Set aside for taco assembly.
  4. Meanwhile, as the quinoa simmers, prep the cilantro lime crema. Add all listed cilantro lime crema ingredients to a food processor or blender. Blend to combine, adding a tablespoon or two of water as needed to reach your desired consistency. Set aside, or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. 
  5. Add some of the quinoa and black bean mixture to a tortilla with sliced avocado. Top with a drizzle of cilantro lime crema. Finish with some chopped cilantro, a spritz of fresh lime juice, and any salsas or toppings your taco-lovin’ heart desires. Enjoy! 


Recipe and images courtesy of @playswellwithbutter.


Calories 520 Total Fat 12g Sodium 960mg Total Carbohydrate 82g Fiber 14g Sugars 6g Protein 20g