Refried Bean Tacos with Chipotle Cream

These refried bean tacos are a simple, healthy plant based dinner idea: they’re full of flavor and served with a smoky chipotle cream.

Refried Bean Tacos with Chipotle Cashew Cream | A Couple Cooks

This post was created in partnership with One Degree Organic Foods. All opinions are our own. 

Do you know the documentary Chef’s Table? Alex and I watched for the first time the other night and got sucked into the lives of great chefs. One chef in particular was obsessed with finding the best ingredients and befriending the farmers who grew them. Great ingredients make great flavor was his motto, and his mission was to find people growing the best ingredients in sustainable ways. Keep reading for more about these refried bean tacos and truly great ingredients.

Finding great ingredients

We’re no gourmet chefs, but Alex and I fell in love with the same way of buying food. While not everyone lives in a location where this is possible, we’re lucky to live in a city full of markets full of great produce. When we first started cooking, I’d rush to the market to chat with the farmers about their colorful produce. After growing up in a suburban sea of gigantic anonymous groceries, it was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Real people grow food. It was a bit of an epiphany. I have never looked at food the same again.

And yet, it’s not possible to buy everything directly from the farmers themselves. For our everyday shopping, Alex and I try to buy the best quality ingredients we can, keeping in mind the “where possible” motto. We buy organic where possible and sustainable where possible. We do as much research as we can, but try not to stress about being “perfect”.

Related: 10 Best Vegetarian Tacos | Dairy-Free Recipes

Refried Bean Tacos with Chipotle Cashew Cream | A Couple Cooks

It’s been encouraging to be a tiny part of a changing food system over the past ten years. (Before that, we had absolutely no awareness of food.) While there’s still a long way to go, we’ve seen gradual changes. Since we’ve lived here, Indianapolis has become a flourishing foodie city full of urban farmers and farm to table restaurants. National consumers have demanded no added sugars, and gigantic companies have removed high fructose corn syrup. These tortillas are made by a company that makes relationships with every single organic farmer they work with and posts this person’s story on their website. Ten years ago, this was literally unheard of in our country. It’s incredible to watch.

How to make refried bean tacos

These humble refried bean tacos are all about simple, quality ingredients thrown together in a new-to-us way. Multi-colored bell peppers and green cabbage are tossed with lime to make a quick slaw. They’re a contrasting crunch to our easy refried black beans, simmered in olive oil for 15 minutes until they’re silky and garlicky. You can also use our homemade refried beans or Instant Pot refried beans. To top it off, our interest in vegan recipes steered us toward creating a chipotle cream, a smooth sauce based on cashew cream that brings it all together. And the wrapper for these refried bean tacos: a charred tortilla.

Related: Spicy Vegan Chipotle Sauce

Refried Bean Tacos with Chipotle Cashew Cream | A Couple Cooks

We used One Degree Organics new organic sprouted corn tortillas, which we charred over an open flame on our stovetop. In these tortillas, the corn was sourced from Michoacán, Mexico from a farmer named Javier Gabriel. (You can watch him here as he talks about the importance of corn in Mexican culture.) Knowing the face and name who made the corn for these tortillas is pretty darn special; it’s almost like buying from a farmer at a local market. So while our food systems aren’t perfect, they’re getting better. And these refried bean tacos are here to prove it.

Where to find the tortillas

These One Degree Organic Foods organic corn tortillas are available at Whole Foods stores in the US!

Refried Bean Tacos with Chipotle Cashew Cream | A Couple Cooks

Featured partner: One Degree Organics

One Degree Organic Foods is a family’s business whose goal is to bring food straight from a farm to your table so there’s only one degree of separation between you and person who grew your food. All of One Degree’s products are sprouted, traceable, organic, and non-GMO project verified. An incredible amount of care goes into all of their products (sprouted grain flours, cereals, breads, granolas, and tortillas), and it was easy to see the passion that drives this company forward. For all One Degree products, you can read about the story of the farmer behind your food by scanning a QR code on the product.

Looking for vegan recipes?

These refried bean tacos are vegan, which stands out from most of our Mexican-inspired recipes. Vegan recipes are becoming part of our everyday, though we typically eat vegetarian. Here are a few of our recent vegan recipes:

This refried bean tacos recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Refried Bean Tacos with Chipotle Cashew Cream | A Couple Cooks

Refried Bean Tacos

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 (2 tacos each) 1x


These refried bean tacos are a simple, healthy plant based dinner idea: they’re full of flavor and served with a smoky chipotle cream.



For the refried bean tacos

For the chipotle cream*

  • 1 recipe Vegan Sour Cream or Cashew Cream (or substitute 1 cup sour cream for non-vegan option)
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)


  1. Start soaking the cashews for the chipotle cream (1 hour in advance is best; you can do 30 minutes if you have a high speed blender. Or, you can soak the night before and refrigerate until making the cream).
  2. Make the Supremely Simple Black Beans.
  3. Meanwhile, thinly slice the cabbage. Thinly slice the peppers (cut off the rounded edges of the peppers so that the peppers are straight). Juice the lime. Just before serving, mix together the cabbage, peppers, lime juice, kosher salt and several grinds of black pepper in a large bowl.
  4. After the cashews have soaked, make the cashew cream using these instructions, adding in the adobo sauce with the rest of the ingredients to make chipotle cream.
  5. Warm the tortillas**, or char them by placing them on grates above an open gas flame on medium heat for a few seconds per side, flipping with tongs, until they are slightly blackened and warm.
  6. To serve, place refried beans in a tortilla, top with cabbage and pepper slaw, chipotle cream, and some torn cilantro leaves.


*For a non-vegan option, substitute 1 cup sour cream or Mexican crema for the cashew cream. For a vegan option without cashews, use chipotle tahini sauce.

**See How to Warm Tortillas for more!

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

Keywords: Tacos, Vegan, Vegan Tacos, Mexican, Chipotle Sauce, Cashew Cream, Chipotle Cream, Healthy, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Healthy Tacos

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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
    Medha @ Whisk & Shout
    August 15, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I love sprouted products for better digestion and these tortillas look fabulous! Love the chipotle cashew cream- pinned :)

    • Reply
      August 15, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      You should definitely try them — they’re very tasty!

  • Reply
    August 15, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    YUM. Also we have matching cookware now and I’m inordinately proud of that fact.

    • Reply
      August 15, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Haha! We are cookware twinsies :)

  • Reply
    August 15, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I love the idea of the cashew cream sauce, however my husband and I are not huge fans of chipotle flavor. Is there anything else you have tried, or would suggest?

    • Reply
      August 15, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Good question! I would try adding a bit of cumin and lime to the cashew cream, to taste.

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    Sabrina B
    August 19, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    nice recipe, thank you, have seen the Chef’s Table series too, really well done, and love these fresh ingredients, also interesting is your cashew cream, nice and different, thank you!

    • Reply
      September 3, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      Yes, isn’t the Chef’s Table fun? I am endlessly entertained (we’re almost through the third season). SO glad you’re interested in the recipe; let us know if you try it out!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    September 5, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Great tacos! I added lime to the cashew cream to brighten and balance the smokiness. Loved this meal, thanks guys!

    • Reply
      September 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Great idea on adding lime! And thank you so much for making these!

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