Black Bean Tacos with Radish Salsa

These black bean tacos are a filling vegetarian dinner idea, topped with feta cheese and a zesty lime radish salsa, which puts them over the top.

Black Bean Tacos with Radish Salsa and Feta

You can never have too many taco recipes, right? Over here at A Couple Cooks, tacos are one of our favorite weeknight dinners because they’re so simple and versatile. We’ve made tacos with just about everything, from lentils to scrambled eggs. While we’ve got a ton of tacos, there’s always room for one more. And these black bean tacos with radish salsa are one to add to the repertoire! They come together in less than 30 minutes and feature a tangy radish salsa and feta cheese. Keep reading for our black bean tacos recipe!

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Black Bean Tacos with Radish Salsa and Feta

How to make black bean tacos

Alex and I harvested our first garden radishes the other day, and I stumbled upon a fish tacos recipe that had a radish salsa. Radish salsa? I couldn’t resist giving it a try for a dinner with our friend Annie who came over to cook this past weekend. She was more than happy to try a new taco variation, and we were delighted by the result. The tangy radish salsa is a refreshing and unique flavor to compliment the black beans and feta. It came together quickly, and was a delightful way to share a meal together. (If you’d like, you can make a more traditional salsa like this Salsa Fresca.)

These black bean tacos use a riff on our favorite way to make black beans. The trick is using the can liquid of the black beans to create a creamy sauce to coat the beans! First, saute some minced garlic in olive oil for a few minutes, then add the black beans and can liquid along with several sprigs of cilantro. All you have to do is simmer for 15 minutes until the liquid condenses. What results is a seriously flavorful pot of black beans! We’ve been using this method for years, starting with this Tofu Scramble with Black Beans and more recently in our Quick Beans and Eggs.

Combine those black beans with the radish salsa and a bit of feta cheese, and you’ve got one delicious black bean taco! And our last tip for next level tacos: char the tortillas! Place them on an open gas flame on medium for a few seconds per side, flipping with tongs, until they are slightly blackened and warm. This not only heats the tortilla, but gives it an irresistible charred flavor.

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This black bean tacos recipe is…

Vegetarian, and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, omit the feta cheese — consider using Cashew Cream or Creamy Cilantro Sauce instead.


Black Bean Tacos with Radish Salsa

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 (12 small tacos) 1x


These black bean tacos are a filling vegetarian dinner idea, topped with feta cheese and a zesty lime radish salsa, which puts them over the top.



  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 15-ounce can black beans (or 1 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 6 tablespoons chopped cilantro (plus additional sprigs for cooking)
  • 1 bunch radishes (12 to 15 radishes)
  • 4 green onions
  • ½ to 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 12 small corn tortillas
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese crumbles


  1. Mince the garlic. In a medium pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant and barely starting to brown. Add the black beans along with the can liquid (add 1/4 cup water if using beans without liquid), several sprigs of cilantro, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer 15 minutes until the liquid condenses.
  2. While the beans cook, clean and thinly slice the radishes. Thinly slice the green onions. Seed and dice the jalapeño pepper (taking the necessary precautions to keep the juice away from the eyes). Use 1/2 pepper for a mild salsa, and more for a spicier variation. Chop the cilantro; reserve 3 tablespoons for serving. Mix 3 tablespoons cilantro with radishes, green onions, jalapeño pepper, lime juice, 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper.*
  3. If desired, char the tortillas by placing them on an open gas flame on medium for a few seconds per side, flipping with tongs, until they are slightly blackened and warm.
  4. To serve, place the beans in the middle of a tortilla, top with radish salsa, feta cheese crumbles, and cilantro.


*Note: The radish salsa can become watery as it sits, so it’s best served about 10 minutes after preparation. Use a slotted spoon when serving the salsa to strain out any additional liquid.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican Inspired

Keywords: Black bean tacos, Taco Recipes, Vegetarian Taco Recipes, Vegetarian Dinner Ideas,

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    May 21, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Congrats on the new house! That is so exciting and you get to re-do the kitchen!! Ah I am jealous, sounds so fun!!

    I am also jealous of these tacos! They look awesome!! YUM!

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      May 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you, Tieghan! We’re excited for this new adventure.

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    May 22, 2013 at 12:48 am

    moving!?!?! awesome friends! many congratulations to you. i’m envisioning giant garden, open shelving, lovely porch… can’t wait to see the touch you put on things! let me know if you need me to make a trek and dig a new fire pit for you :)

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      May 22, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Thanks! We’re excited to have a little more space (though the big trees complicate my big garden dreams!) We might need your shoveling services… I’m convinced the fire pit at our current house will raise the resale value by about 10K or so :)

  • Reply
    May 22, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Looks soooo PERFECT! Gotta try it!

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker
    May 22, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Congratz on the new home! I have been wanting to redo my kitchen too, but I am too scared that all the problems that come with it will happen. My sister re did her house and she has one piece of advice to over estimate the amount of money you need, at least you have safety net.
    Such beautiful fresh tacos. Making them at home is so much more cost effective and healthy (so a win win for you right?^_^)

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      May 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Sounds like great advice! Thanks for mentioning :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    May 22, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Congrats on buying your new home!!! So exciting,,,,annnnnnd great recipe!

  • Reply
    May 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Radishes on tacos are truly the best. Yay! And congratulations on your new house–super exciting!

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    May 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Congratulations! Way to celebrate with some beautiful tacos :)

    • Reply
      May 26, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you, Kasey! We’re pumped :)

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
    May 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Man, where was this recipe when I had a surplus of radishes from the garden?! :) These look so good!

    Congratulations on the new house!

    • Reply
      May 26, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks, Kiersten! Next time we’ll try to time better with your produce needs :)

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    May 23, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Congrats on the house purchase! Old houses with new kitchen possibilities are the best. My rental is a 1920’s or 30’s, too. Lots of character, aka blue kitchen counters. And the tacos of course look delicious! I’ve been wanting to make tacos with radishes, so thank you for the recipe!

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      May 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Wow, blue kitchen counters! That sounds fun. We’re suckers for old houses too!

  • Reply
    May 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Congrats on your new house. I wish I could go to the house party so that I can have these delicious black bean tacos. :)

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    May 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Congratulations, guys! Dreaming dreams together and watching them happen is so fun. Can’t wait to hear more!

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      May 26, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you, Shanna! We can’t wait to share more. You’ll have to come visit once we’re in!

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    Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    May 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Congratulations! I’m going to check out your Pinterest now :)

    • Reply
      May 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Great! We’re grateful for Pinterest in this endeavor – it’s given us so many great ideas!

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    May 24, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    these tacos look great, congrats on the new house and future family

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    Charlie Masone
    May 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I am guessing that you are near one of the neighborhoods you sent us to last week. The Holy Rosary neighborhood by Bluebeard was cool and Broad Ripple is awesome. Didn’t get to Recess but was shopping at Fresh Market. Best of luck in the new place.

    Indy is a really nice city. We climbed to the top of the war memorial downtown then had frozen yogurt at Pearings to cool off!

    Thanks for your help.

    • Reply
      May 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

      So glad you enjoyed Indy! We are passionate about our city and are so happy when others love it too :) Yes, we’re in the Broad Ripple area. Thanks, and hope you make it back sometime!

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    Megan Robison
    June 19, 2013 at 8:32 am

    These are delicious! Very fresh and easy to make. Thanks for the recipe.

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    July 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you for the nice recipe. Have a wonderful Monday!

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    May 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I was just eating these for lunch (I make them at least once a week) and can legitimately say the act of eating my delish little taco made me genuinely happy. Thank you guys!

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      May 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      This is great! Thanks for writing :)

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