chipotle pinto bean tacos with creamy avocado sauce

Chipotle Pinto Bean Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce | Vegan | Gluten-Free

What’s a good recipe arsenal without tacos, am I right? Being an Arizona native, and currently living in Texas, I am constantly surrounded by delicious tacos. It was time to put my stamp on the community with these Chipotle Pinto Bean Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce.

Unlike most chipotle-flavored recipes, this one is very tolerable for even the most anti-spicy advocates. I am more of a mild man myself, so I tend to keep the spicy flavors to a minimum. That way, you can truly enjoy the other flavors without the sensation of burning off your tongue.

This recipe inspiration came from my Instagram audience during a poll I ran to find out whether they wanted to see a Mexican or Italian inspired dish. As you can see, the Mexican dish took the gold!

It was only right to create a delicious taco recipe that wasn’t overdone, but still familiar; which why I chose chipotle sauce and pinto beans! The chipotle sauce is the star of this show, even when mixed with the other taco toppings. Add a couple dollops of creamy avocado sauce, and the fast-casual restaurant Chipotle now has more competition!

Chipotle Pinto Bean Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce | Vegan | Gluten-Free
Prep

Begin by adding all the ingredients for the chipotle sauce into a food processor and pulse until smooth. You may need to use a spatula to scrape the sides as you pulse.

*I made this recipe using my small, 3-cup food processor, so for larger 8-cup or more processors, you may need to double the ingredients to fill space so the chipotle peppers and garlic chop.

Once processed, transfer your sauce to a small bowl and save for later. Now heat a medium sized saucepan over low-medium heat. While your pan heats, rinse and wash your food processor container to prepare for the creamy avocado sauce.

When clean, add all the avocado sauce ingredients into your processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. Then, add it into another small bowl, cover with a clean towel or saran wrap, and place in the fridge until your tacos are ready to eat.

Chipotle Pinto Bean Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce | Vegan | Gluten-Free
Cook

Add the drained and rinse pinto beans into your saucepan and top with chipotle sauce. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined. Allow to heat for about 4 minutes, stirring a couple more times.

Once thoroughly heated, remove from heat. During this time, you can chop your additional taco ingredients.

Chipotle Pinto Bean Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce | Vegan | Gluten-Free
Eat

Before you prep the tacos, warm up the tortillas (unless you are using hard shells) by placing them in between two wet paper towels and microwaving them for 15-25 seconds.

*Additionally, you can heat them on a skillet for 30-45 seconds each side on medium-high heat, or bake them in your oven (draping them over the racks) for eight minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now, you have two options for crafting your tacos: either spread creamy avocado sauce on the bottom of the tortilla (like my wife prefers), or add a couple dollops on the top (my preference). Add in any additional ingredients you prepared and enjoy your tacos!

Are you a bottom-coater or top dolloper? Let me know in the comments!

 

Looking for a side dish? Try my Cilantro Lime Rice!

If you enjoy Mexican food, you’ll also enjoy my:

They’re both healthy and only takes minutes to prepare!

Chipotle Pinto Bean Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce | Vegan | Gluten-Free

chipotle pinto bean tacos with creamy avocado sauce

chipotle pinto bean tacos with creamy avocado sauce

Prep Time
Total Time 
5 minutes
25 minutes
Prep Time:
5 minutes
Total Time: 
25 minutes
Servings:
12 tacos
Cuisine:
vegan
Category:
breakfast
Diet:
gluten free, soy free, dairy free, nut free
Author:
plant based scotty

ingredients :

  • Chipotle Sauce:

1 chipotle in adobo sauce*

1/4 cup tomato puree

2 tbsp vegetable broth

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp fresh oregano, minced (sub with 1/2 tsp dried)

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt

pinch of black pepper

2 16oz cans pinto beans (or 1 cup dried), drained and rinsed

  • Creamy Avocado Sauce:

2 avocados, peeled and halved

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 5.3 oz container plain vegan yogurt

1/4 cup packed cilantro, roughly chopped

1/2 tsp salt

juice of 1 lime

serve with :

tortillas

chopped lettuce

chopped tomatoes

chopped red onion

notes :

*This is a mild Chipotle Sauce. If you can take the heat, use 3 chipotles in adobo.

directions :

  1. Add all the ingredients for chipotle sauce (except beans) in a food processor. Pulse until smooth.
  2. Heat a medium sized saucepan over low-medium heat. While your saucepan heats, transfer chipotle sauce to a small bowl. Now rinse your food processor under warm water. Once clean, add all avocado sauce ingredients into the food processor. Pulse until smooth and creamy.
  3. Once heated, add the chipotle sauce into the saucepan, then the beans. Stir until well combined and heat until warm (about 4 minutes). Turn off heat and remove from burner.
  4. Fill your tortillas with beans and desired toppings, then top with creamy avocado sauce!

notes :

*This is a mild Chipotle Sauce. If you can take the heat, use 3 chipotles in adobo.

Chipotle Pinto Bean Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce | Vegan | Gluten-Free
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12 Comment(s)

  1. Dianne
    August 17, 2018

    We had these tacos for supper tonight and they were so good. My favorite part was the sauce for the beans. The avocado sauce was delicious as well. Can’t wait for leftovers.

    1. Scotty
      August 17, 2018

      Thank you so much for the review Diane. So glad you enjoyed the tacos!

  2. Sarah | Well and Full
    August 17, 2018

    These tacos look amazing! I love pinto beans, I think they’re so underrated 🙂

    1. Scotty
      August 17, 2018

      Thank you so much!

  3. Laura
    August 29, 2018

    Made these for taco Tuesday…0MG GOOD ???? Super easy to make on a week night. Our son loved them. The avocado sauce was delicious. Definitely adding them to our monthly meal rotation.

    1. Scotty
      August 29, 2018

      I am so happy to hear this Laura! Especially that your son loved them too. Thanks for leaving a review!

  4. Kevin Morgan
    August 29, 2018

    I want to get clarification. I’ve never used Chipotle peppers. Do you mean one can of peppers or literally one pepper from the can?

    1. Scotty
      August 29, 2018

      Great question Kevin. I mean “one pepper from the can.” You can always use more though if you like heat.

      1. MaKayla Mathews
        October 25, 2018

        No wonder I’m dying after I used an entire can on mine! Wish I would have read this sooner! Lol

        1. Scotty
          October 25, 2018

          Ohhh no, that must have been crazy hot. I can sympathize because I am more of a mild spice lover anyway. I hope you try them again using less!

  5. Jane
    February 28, 2019

    I can’t wait to try both the tacos and the nachos! Between the two, i love nachos the best! And i definitely would put the avocado sauce on the top!

    1. Scotty
      February 28, 2019

      Great idea with putting the avocado sauce on top of the nachos. Let me know how it turns out!

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