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Chilli Beef and Beans Tacos

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As our International Taco party approached, I had been searching in my mind how to make for a week.

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Honestly, I love Mexican foods, but have ever tried to make tacos at home. I’m a big fan of beans, was glad that I happened to find canned Mexican Chilli beans, mainly used red kidney beans at Coles for sale yesterday. 

Something like this came up in my mind, “It’s not wrong to use canned food if they are of good quality or at good bargain.” So, I went for a short cut, saving much time to cook the beans, and finally made these Chilli Beef and Beans Tacos for a light lunch on last weekend.

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Chilli Beef and Beans Tacos Recipe

(Printable recipe)

Course: Snack, Beef
Cuisine: Western
Prep time:
Cook time:
Yield: 2 to 3 serves

Chilli Beef and Beans Tacos

  • 500 gm organic beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can (420 gm) Mexican chilli beans (red kidney beans), drained
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly grated black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 15 gm butter
  • 12 Taco shells
Tacos Shells

Chilli Red Kidney Beans

Ingredients for serving:
  • 1 red capsicum, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • Cheddar cheese (or Parmesan), to taste
  • sour cream, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp light soy sauce
Chilli Beans and Beef

  1. Mix beef with the marinade and the beaten egg well. Leave for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and melt butter over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook until aromatic. Add beef and increase heat to medium-high. Cook until almost done. Stir in beans and mix well. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180C (356F).
  4. Place taco shells in preheated oven for 5 minutes.
To serve tacos:
  1. Remove taco shells from oven.
  2. Use a teaspoon to arrange the fillings of chilli beans and beef in each shell. Fill as much of lettuce, capsicum, grated cheese and sour cream as desired.


  1. Beans always remind me of Mexican food and are great in tacos I think.

  2. I use canned beans many many times because I run out of time. Im sure you have read about it on my blog too.... happy birthday soon babe!!

  3. What a quick and tasty way to whip up a snack. Yum tacos!

  4. Yes nothing wrong with canned beans if it's accompanied by gorgeous tacos like this!

  5. This is how I like my taco, normally. And what's wrong with canned beans? They are busy girls' best friend! ;)

  6. I have no problem using canned beans in a pinch. It takes so long to cook beans properly from scratch.

  7. I agree with you about canned food. Using the canned beans would have saved you hours.

  8. Great pics Christine! A very Happy birthday to you. May the Lord bless you with the desires of your heart.

  9. I'm finding most Mexican fare so healthy if you avoid frying in lard ...these baked tacos look just perfect!

  10. I'm not a big fan of hard tacos, but these look delicious! I would love to have a few for lunch, and to top it off they are pretty healthy too :D

  11. Your photos are so beautiful and yummy recipe. Sounds like an easy dinner any time of the week. I also participated in the IIP :)

  12. Yes, I also like to use Canned food when I run out to time. Those tacos look so delicious and nice photography too.

  13. I have never tried making Mexican food too even though I love eating it. Got to give this recipe a try soon. Canned beans here I come! ;)

  14. Ah the traditional taco...looks yummy. I used beans too.

  15. These sound like a great take on tacos...very delicious!

  16. This looks like a meal I sometimes whip on a weeknight when I'm after something quick but tasty. I love canned beans - such a time saver!

  17. I love beef tacos... I eat it a lot when I holiday in the US. Yours just made me drool all over again :)