Organic, Real Food on a Budget – Beef Tacos

by Deliciously Organic on July 26, 2011

Beans. They are great for stretching out a meal. Soups, pastas, and many mexican dishes can be almost doubled with a wide variety of beans. As a kid, my mom always made beef tacos with kidney beans in the mix. I thought this was “normal” but later realized she was stretching her dollar.

Now that my kids are a bit older, a pound of ground beef doesn’t go as far as it used it. But when I mix in some kidney beans, we now have more than enough for our dinner and usually a little leftover.

Do you use beans to stretch meals? What is your favorite kind of bean to use, and in what dish do you like to use it?

Beef Tacos

Serving Size: Serves 4-6

Beef Tacos



  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 pound ground beef (grass-fed preferred)

  • 1 1/2 cups kidney beans, cooked (if you use canned, make sure and rinse them)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 12 corn tortillas (I prefer these sprouted corn tortillas)
  • Toppings:

  • 20 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced

  • 1 lime, quartered


Heat coconut oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onion and saute until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add ground beef to softened onion and cook, stirring frequently and breaking up meat with the back of a spoon, until browned, about 6-8 minutes. Stir in kidney beans. Make a well in the center of the pan and add the garlic, cumin and salt. Stir spices in the center of the pan until fragrant, about 45 seconds. Stir spices into meat mixture. Taste meat and add more salt if necessary. Remove skillet from heat.

Serve meat in a tortilla and topped with tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice.

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HeatherChristo July 26, 2011 at 7:43 am

Carrie- thank you, thank you! I guess I know what is for dinner tonight :) these look great!


Georgia Pellegrini July 26, 2011 at 7:46 am

I love tacos… sometimes we do “Taco nights” and have a little buffet of accoutrement ; )


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. July 26, 2011 at 8:05 am

Great post for families. My kids will love this one. Hope you are having a great summer!


Karen July 26, 2011 at 8:15 am

We love taco night in our home, too! This one is going to camp with my son. He has some specific dietary restrictions so I’ve arranged with the camp to send food. I’ve already included taco meat (organic) and spanish rice (brown rice) as one of his dishes. And based on the meal plan from the camp, the other kids are going to be soooo jealous! :)


Nisrine July 26, 2011 at 9:01 am

I love tacos and your recipe sounds amazing. It’ll be taco night soon in my home.


Healthy Girl July 26, 2011 at 9:04 am

we have taco nights to! My husband’s favorite! I have over complicated this taco recipe in the past. Now I have this recipe with a healthy addition of beans … :) thank you!


marla {family fresh cooking} July 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

I agree mixing in beans is a great way to stretch out a meal, add protein & great flavor!


mamafitz July 26, 2011 at 10:46 am

the sprouted corn tortillas link is broken. i’m hoping it is supposed to be a recipe? :)


Deliciously Organic July 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Thanks for letting me know. It’s fixed!


Bev Weidner July 26, 2011 at 11:25 am

I could inhale tacos every single day of my life and still crave more. It’s an obsession. An addiction. A GIFT.

I love chicken, beef, turkey, beans, shrimp.. OH the question was about beans.

Here’s an old bean taco post from lawwwng ago:

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Karin July 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

Looks yummy! Wish you lived down the street so we could come and join you! I love to use white beans (cannellini) which I think are just Italian kidneys. I like the softer texture and mild flavor of these and so do the kids.


Marcy July 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I thought I didn’t like beans, until I discovered that size matters. I like small beans best, like lentils, navy / pea beans, and black beans. I love making chili now because we make it with black beans instead of kidney beans.

We have burritos occasionally — usually either beans or meat but not both — will have to give the mix a try!


Deliciously Organic July 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I usually use kidney beans in my chili so I’ll have to use black beans next time. Good tip!


yabi July 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm

These look fantastic, thanks for sharing the recipe.

My girlfriend is vegetarian which leads us to use beans in a lot of meals, including tacos, for a meat substitute. It’s funny, even though I am not a vegetarian I catch myself ordering bean quesadillas, or a making a bean burger without even thinking about it. Makes her happy. =)


Esi July 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Love tacos. It’s been a while since I’ve made them at home, but I like the addition of beans.


Brooke @ Food Woolf July 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I just made a hearty soup for some friends who just had a baby, and instead of the broth being all about the meat, I saved more than a few dollars by using beans and potatoes for a hearty meal on the fly. Thanks for the great recipe and money saving ideas! xoxo


Shari July 27, 2011 at 6:31 am

I love adding beans to make meat stretch! Good for the environment, good for your wallet & adds some extra fiber.

Silly question? I’ve re-read it several times,but why are the beans listed twice in the recipe? I thought maybe you were adding some beans early in the cooking and the rest later, but I don’t see that. Is it 1 lb beef & 2 cups beans – or 1 lb beef & 1/2 cup beans? Sorry if I’m missing it!!



Deliciously Organic July 27, 2011 at 6:35 am

I can see how you are confused. Totally my error. I changed it. It’s 1 lb. beef and 1 1/2 cups of beans. Thanks for letting me know!!


Lucy Lean July 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I’m loving this department on your blog – we love Mexican Fiesta night in our house and we’ve even been known to have a Spaghetti Taco night – thanks to iCarly… it’s really not as bad as you might imagine


Kristen July 28, 2011 at 6:54 am

I always mix corn and beans into my taco meat so it lasts awhile and is a bit healthier. I love tacos!


Erika July 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Yum – I love tacos!! I think I’ll try your simple seasoning next time I make them.


Jennifer (Savor) August 1, 2011 at 3:23 am

We are a taco family and often use Bison.


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