vegetable soft tacos with chipotle sour cream

by jenna on May 11, 2011

I love being home.

I’ve always been really, really close with my parents and growing up, was one of those weird kids that actually enjoyed hanging out with them on a Friday night. I guess it also doesn’t hurt that my mom is an amazing cook (remember this?) and every time I come home, I get to eat all the delicious mom-food to my heart’s content.

Here’s what I also love about being home: shopping at Urban Outfitters, watching Private Practice in the bath and reading an entire book on the back porch while my mom hands me radishes sprinkled with sea salt and a cold glass of chardonnay.

I’m not leaving and you can’t make me.

But back to the tacos! This is what mom made last night and it was SO fabulous that I had to blog about it this morning.

The whole wheat tortillas are filled with a yummy vegetable blend and baked black beans, then topped with spicy sour cream and cheese. Mom said the original recipe came from Oprah’s Magazine a while back. All I know is that I can’t wait to get back to California and make it again!

The most unique thing about these tacos is that the black beans are baked so they get all crunchy and delicious.

**I interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post right now to give you all a sidenote and shameless self promotion! Mom wanted everyone to know that the black beans she used in the tacos were mine! Make them now.**

And we’re back.

Guys, it’s in your best interest to make these tacos soon. They really are the perfect summer dish and filling without being overly heavy. And the chipotle sour cream gives them the perfect kick.

You wanna know what’s even better than these tacos though? The chewy chocolate cookies mom made for dessert.

Did I mention I’m not leaving?

Vegetable Soft Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream

serves 3-4

Adapted from Oprah

Print this recipe!


2 cups corn (fresh or frozen)

2 limes, juiced

2 tsp cumin

1 1/2 tsp paprika

2 tsp salt

2 T olive oil

2 red bell peppers, sliced thin

1 red onion, sliced thin

1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed (or make your own!)

1 green cabbage, sliced thin

1 bunch fresh cilantro, minced

1 T white vinegar

1 1/2 tsp sugar

1 avocado

3 radishes, sliced thin

1 cup sour cream

2 canned chilies in adobo sauce, seeded and diced + 2 tsp of the adobo sauce

1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese

whole wheat tortillas


Preheat oven to 425.

Toss together corn, 1 tbsp of the olive oil, lime juice, 1 tsp salt, cumin, bell peppers and onion in a large bowl then spread out on half a baking sheet.

In another large bowl, toss together the remaining tbsp of olive oil, paprika, 1 tsp salt and black beans. Spread on the other half of the baking sheet.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing occasionally, until beans are crispy and veggies are cooked.

While that’s going, combine the cabbage, cilantro, vinegar, sugar, diced avocado, radishes and a pinch of salt. Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce.

When veggies/beans are done, fill tortillas with them then layer on cabbage mixture and a drizzle of sour cream. Sprinkle with cheese.



45 minutes

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 11, 2011 at 5:15 am

Oooh delicious!! I’m pretty sure that your future kiddies are going to love coming home to your cooking just as much as you love going home to your mom’s!


Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 11, 2011 at 5:16 am

Aw I love mom’s cooking, too. It’s always so comforting. Although I’m Chinese, so my mom wouldn’t even know what goes in a taco!

Mmm but she does make the most awesome chocolate brownies….


Heather (Heather's Dish) May 11, 2011 at 5:18 am

holy yum…i made veggie tacos this past weekend, and now i’m craving yours! they look incredible, and let’s face it: anything with sour cream wins in my book!


Tasha @ Voracious May 11, 2011 at 5:20 am

I wouldn’t leave either! Sounds divine! And YUM, I love the idea of making the beans all crunchy and delicious like that. Those veggies are so bright and colorful, gotta make this asap.


Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews May 11, 2011 at 5:20 am

These look awesome! I love Private Practice too, I would die to watch it sitting in a bathtub–I have to catch it On Demand in about 3 segments since I have a 8 month old at home.


Justeen @ Blissful Baking May 11, 2011 at 5:22 am

I definitely wouldn’t want to leave home either if I could eat those tacos every night!


Molly May 11, 2011 at 5:24 am

Whole wheat tortillas are a must! They taste better and hold up better! Oh and who can forget their fiber…sorry, it’s the dietitian in me coming out before work even starts.


amy walters, aDESIGNdock May 11, 2011 at 5:25 am

Your mom sounds so much like mine! I love going home to visit my parents. I get pampered and stuffed full of delish foods! Have a wonderful rest of your trip.

ps. those tacos look amaaaazing πŸ˜‰


Jess (Sweet Potato) May 11, 2011 at 5:40 am

I love the idea of chipotle sour cream! What a great addition!


Estela @ Weekly Bite May 11, 2011 at 5:43 am

Glad you’re enjoying your time at home :)

The tacos looks incredible! I love that there’s radishes in them :)


salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) May 11, 2011 at 5:57 am

this looks sooo bomb!


Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] May 11, 2011 at 5:57 am

This looks so good! Send me some black beans! They’re impossible to find in the French countryside and I miss them so much!


jenna May 11, 2011 at 5:58 am

I’m so glad you coudl go home to be with your mom for awhile! her tacos look amazing! I could eat the chipolte sour cream with a spoon!! yum!!


Baking 'n' Books May 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

Ditto the spoon thing. Mine are usually topped with salsa and hummus – by the spoonful as well – I think that’s over-kill πŸ˜‰

But – wait – I want to see the cookies! :)


megan @ whatmegansmaking May 11, 2011 at 6:03 am

These sound like the perfect veggie tacos! I made fajitas last night and am in a Mexican mood!


Lesley Lifting Life May 11, 2011 at 6:07 am

Those really do look like the perfect summer tacos!! Bookmarking now.


Jessica @ How Sweet May 11, 2011 at 6:14 am

I would totally eat vegetables here.


Kate @ NaturaStride May 11, 2011 at 6:16 am

Wow these look amazing. I am definitely making these this weekend. Thanks!
PS: Can I come hang out with you and your mom?!


Amanda (Eating Up) May 11, 2011 at 6:18 am

Ooo baked beans? That sounds delicious!


VeggieGirl May 11, 2011 at 6:22 am

Same here with me and my family – love being with them and at home!


Caley May 11, 2011 at 6:30 am

Just bookmarked this! I’ve been looking for a healthy alternative to the meaty/greasy tacos my Latino bf puts together. These look great!


Holly @ The Runny Egg May 11, 2011 at 6:33 am

Those tacos do look good! My Mom was never much of a cook (but she makes EXCELLENT desserts) but I do miss my Dad’s cooking quite often. He never made anything super exciting and grand, but it always tasted so good.


Amy May 11, 2011 at 6:36 am

Oh yummy! Making these tonight!!


Maria May 11, 2011 at 6:37 am

Great taco recipe! Will be making these soon!


Lindsay May 11, 2011 at 6:38 am

I love the addition of radishes- yum!


Brittney May 11, 2011 at 6:46 am

YUM, and now I’m hungry!


Kai May 11, 2011 at 6:49 am

Just what I needed as inspiration for dinner. Thank you.


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) May 11, 2011 at 6:57 am

I’m definitely making this next week for dinner! I love healthier mexican inspired food. : )


Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 11, 2011 at 7:13 am

oh my heavens I have never thought to bake the beans!

I can see where you got your culinary creativity :) Have a great time with your family! :)


Jess May 11, 2011 at 7:22 am

I feel the same way when I visit home. It’s great to have my momma take care of me and I never want to leave!

Also, those look fantastic! I <3 Mex food


staceyhealthylife May 11, 2011 at 7:32 am

Those look fabulous and healthy too. I love the idea of baking the black beans for extra flavor.


Ashley May 11, 2011 at 7:33 am

I’m the same way. I love spending time with my parents and my mom is SUCH a fabulous cook it’s hard to pass up anything when she’s cooking!


McKella May 11, 2011 at 7:43 am

I love the black beans/corn combo! I’ve never had baked black beans either. Everything about this dish looks amazing!


Gina @ Runningtothekitchen May 11, 2011 at 7:57 am

these look like the perfect summer meal!


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} May 11, 2011 at 7:59 am

Mmm those tacos look perfect. Enjoy the rest of your time at home. There’s no place like home. :-)


Ebby May 11, 2011 at 8:13 am

That looks like the perfect meal for the 90 degree days we’ve been having…bring on summer!


Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL May 11, 2011 at 8:22 am

I’ve been making tacos at least once a week these days. I love your cool, fresh version!


Jesse May 11, 2011 at 8:26 am

sounds perfect, i’ve been on such a taco kick lately!
fish tacos.


amy@healthyhungryhappy May 11, 2011 at 8:38 am

sounds like a great summer meal!!


Natalia - a side of simple May 11, 2011 at 9:06 am

This post makes me miss home so much! I’m still at school but will be home in less than a week and canNOT wait now :)


Haleigh May 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

I was also one of those kids growing up that actually preferred to hang out with their mom on a Friday night :) The soft tacos look delicious!


Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen May 11, 2011 at 9:12 am

Those look so summery and tasty! I always hate leaving when I go home to…I tear up every time and beg my mom to come live with me. I know we wouldn’t get along as great if that was the case though πŸ˜‰ For some reason food always tastes better when she makes it though, you are right about that one.


Moni'sMeals May 11, 2011 at 9:12 am

these are perfert. I love soft tacos and a good sauce to go with it. I like how you add a fresh cabbage, that gives it that CRUNCH that I love. :)


Linda @ lemonslifelove May 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

Those look amazing! My mom wouldn’t know a taco if she tripped over one, but I love them. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’m definitely going to try it this week.


Meghan @ StruggleMuffins May 11, 2011 at 9:48 am

Yumness – I love a meal that has a lot of different textures and it looks like this one would definitely satisfy on the varied texture front. Love that its meatless and still fabulous!


Brooke @ bittersweetb May 11, 2011 at 10:07 am

I love Mexican food and the fact that your mom made them sounds like it makes it just that much better!

HELP NEEDED! Off topic but my best friend and her boyfriend broke up, she thought he was the one and I need a recipe for something that will β€œmend a broken heart” or as best as a baked good can. Any ideas…anyone? I asked over at How Sweet Eats too. It would be so appreciated.


Jamie@everydaydolce May 11, 2011 at 10:13 am

Bless your soul for posting this…looks fabulous and tasty and perfect for Spring :)
Enjoy your time home, and your mom’s awesome food :)


Elise (Healing Cuisine) May 11, 2011 at 10:13 am

Wow! These look absolutely delicious! Recently made my first chipotle mayo a few weeks back and loved it. Your chipotle sour cream caught my eye. πŸ˜‰


French Heart May 11, 2011 at 10:38 am

Yum…colorful and crunchy. That’s how my son & I’ve always been. Greatest of pals.


Ruth May 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

These look really good!


Lindsey@ Lindselicious May 11, 2011 at 11:44 am

Oooh I like that the black beans are baked and crunchy that sounds super different! I want to try this soon!


R @ Learning As I Chop May 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

Salted radishes and chardonnay? Can I come too?


Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit May 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

any tacos are great tacos :) yummm!


Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I love making soft tacos. Yours are so much more colorful then mine.. meaning I am slacking… I need to up the veggies in mine! :)


Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous May 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm

These look great! I’ll be keeping these in mind for summer taco nights for sure. :)


Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel May 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

loving how delicious those beans are looking!!! <3


Alexa @ Simple Eats May 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

These look amazing. I love going home to see my mom and devour her cooking!


Betsy May 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm

i can’t wait to make these!!! love veggie dinners!


Lauren May 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Aww I love moms. :) One of my favorite things about visiting my parents is my mom’s cooking…it’s just so good.

Enjoy the rest of your stay at home!


Jayson James May 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Great post! This looks delicious!

I am revisiting the idea of having a cheat day every once a week in order to indulge myself with my food cravings. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


Jayson James May 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm

*A cheat day would be a day without following my weight loss program and just enjoy every food that I like. Doesn’t it sound awesome coz’ for me it is!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 11, 2011 at 1:09 pm

chipotle sour cream AND veggie soft tacos, yes please! glad your mom was singing the praises of your bean recipe.

And feeding you cookies too. Nothing better than grandma or mom’s cookies!


sarah k @the pajama chef May 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm

these look so yummy!


Heather M May 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Those look amazing, I will be making those on our next taco night for sure. Thanks for sharing!


Krystina (Organically Me) May 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm

This isn’t helping my craving for Mexican food. Not one bit.


Happy When Not Hungry May 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I love my parents and definitely used to enjoy hanging out with them during high school. These tacos look delicious!


Mandy May 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Those look divine! I also think the last picture is really beautiful


stephanie May 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm

That looks fabulous!! Did I miss the chewy chocolate cookie recipe somewhere? hint hint. πŸ˜‰


Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 11, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I’m the same way. I want to go hang out with my parents all the time. My mom is one of my besties.

Although usually I like to cook for her!


Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily May 11, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Veggie tacos just scream summer to me. That sour cream looks fantastic.


Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

you are so lucky! I want my mommy to make me some tacos! usually, it’s me making her the tacos!


Mellie May 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I love me some tacos!


Caitlin May 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm

YUM. I just made these. They were perfect, and I forgot the cheese. (if you knew how much I loved cheese, you’d be shocked I said that).


Tracie May 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm

These immediately went on my menu for the week. Baked black beans? What a fantastic idea!


Amanda May 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Oh my goodness. I just made these. They are amazing. Love them. Thanks so much, Jenna. Keep the goodness coming!


Susan May 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm

O.M.G.,just made these tonight…my most favorite taco ever!


Kaitlin May 17, 2011 at 8:09 am

These were DIVINE!. I skipped the radishes (not my fav). The cabbage/avocado slaw that goes on top is so phenomenal. Will be making these all summer!!!


Jenn Brigole May 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm

This is absolutely wonderful. I miss having tacos with my friends after a few hours at the gym but this looks colorful and truly healthy. I am trying to live a healthier lifestyle today and so I am definitely making this soon. Big thanks to both you and your mom. Keep it up! :)


Dee D. May 18, 2011 at 5:06 am

That looks amazing! i haven’t had tacos in a while….I might make these for dinner :)


Caroline May 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm

These were fabulous! I think my husband was impressed, he’s typically the cook here. Thanks for sharing!


Maddie May 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Needed an idea for leftover green cabbage I had laying around. THANKS!


Stacey July 19, 2011 at 8:54 am

just made these tacos… YUMMY! they will be a go- to taco :)


amanda July 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm

this is sooo good. yum. now that my husband and i are vegans, we left out the cheese and sour cream, but still loved the tacos. thanks, jenna!


Molly @ RDexposed August 28, 2011 at 11:36 am

GAH!!! These were sooo stinkin’ good! I subbed out sour cream and used plain, non-fat yogurt which definitely worked. This will be a staple in the recipe box!


Sasha March 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I made this tonight. They were great.

The only thing I questioned was the proportions. We had a ton of cabbage, lots of corn/onion/red pepper and very few black beans.

Nonetheless, good stuff.


Mary Catherine March 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Made these tonight. Outstanding! Even my picky brother loved them. I subbed Greek yogurt for the sour cream and couldn’t tell the difference. Will definitely be making these all summer long!


Caroline @ Between Your Ears May 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm


These were the best tacos I’ve ever had — veggie, meat, homemade, or from a restaurant. The textures of the vegetables are perfect, the slight sweetness of the cabbage mixture, and the saltiness of the beans. We didn’t even put cheese on them, and we didn’t miss it one bit.

I think these are going to become part of my weeknight repertoire.



Megan @ Megan's Miles July 17, 2012 at 9:30 am

I made these a week ago, and they are so good! I love how fresh and healthy they are!


Jess T July 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Ooooh this sounds so good. I have a green cabbage in my fridge that I was trying to figure out what to do with. Original plan was lentil stuffed cabbage, but then I decided it’s too hot outside for that kind of meal. This is perfect!


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