Vegan taquitos stuffed with creamy, smoky black beans are an easy-to-make plant-based entree. Bake or air fry them!
My smoky black bean dip is the filling for these vegan taquitos. The recipe makes more dip than you will need for filling, so have some chips on standby!
Making the filling
To make the smoky bean filling, you truly just toss everything into a food processor, and run it on high until you have a nice, creamy mixture. If you don't have a food processor, you can mash this up by hand instead.
Some lumps and whole beans are fine -- you just want it to be somewhat cohesive, because that will help it hold up best in the air fryer.
Tips on rolling taquitos
Spread the bean filling down the middle of one tortilla, and it's time to roll! As you roll, filling may try to escape from the ends. Just use your fingers to stuff any escapees back in, and keep on rolling.
It's important that you roll these up tightly and press them gently with your hand before cooking. If your roll is too loose, these can unfurl during cooking.
You will need to cook these in two batches. Even my big, 6-quart air fryer could only fit four taquitos at a time.
Spray your taquitos with oil, so they get crispy on top as they cook, and air fry or bake.
You could skip the oil, in theory, but it makes such a big difference in the finished texture. Just make sure you're using an oil spritz bottle and not a sprayer with propellant, as the latter can damage your air fryer basket.
If you're baking, arrange the taquitos on a lined baking sheet, and bake until golden brown.
Variations & substitutions
Taquitos are traditionally made with corn tortillas, but you can use flour, if you prefer.
You can also change up the beans! Feel free to make the filling with pinto beans instead of black beans.
Other tacos fillings also work well in vegan taquitos. Veggies, potatoes, tofu, vegan chorizo, or other vegan meats are all good options to stuff your veggie taquitos.
Just make sure that whatever filling you choose is chopped small enough that you can roll it up. It's also helpful to use either mashed beans or vegan cheese inside, since this is sort of the "glue" that will help them stay together.
If the chilis in adobo sauce is too spicy for you, make the filling using mild salsa instead.
What to serve with vegan taquitos
How to store and reheat
If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to four days.
For reheating, you've got options! You can reheat your taquitos in the air fryer at 350° F for five to seven minutes. If you're in a hurry, just throw them into the microwave instead.
Vegan Taquitos Recipe
- Air Fryer - optional
For the bean filling
- 1 15-ounce can of black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 7-ounce can chilis in adobo sauce You'll need 1 chili and 2 tablespoons of the sauce from the can.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup packed cilantro
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- salt to taste
For the taquitos
- 8 6-inch corn white or yellow corn tortillas both work fine
- spray oil
- If you're baking, preheat the oven to 400° F.
Make the bean filling
- Add all of the bean filling ingredients to your food processor, and run it on high until you have a nice, creamy mix.
Assemble and cook the taquitos
- Add about 2 tablespoons of the bean filling in a line down the middle of one of your tortillas. Roll it up into a tight tube, and place it seam-side-down into your air fryer basket or onto a lined baking sheet (if baking). Repeat with the remaining tortillas, then press them gently with your hands and spray them with oil, using a manual spritzer, not an aerosol sprayer.
- To air fry: Cook at 400° F for 5-7 minutes. You'll likely need to air fry your taquitos in two batches -- you don't want them to overlap.
- To bake: Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
Frequently asked questions
You sure can! Just air fry them at 400° F for 10-12 minutes, until they're warmed through and crunchy.
Taquito literally means little taco. They're basically rolled up tacos that you bake, air fry, or deep fry to crispy perfection. This recipe uses the oven or the air fryer for ease of cooking and for cleanup.
Yes! As long as you choose gluten-free corn tortillas, you're good to go with this recipe.
They're not. Flautas are made using larger, flour tortillas.
Using a mashed bean, mashed potato, or a cheesy filling will help your taquitos stay together. It also helps to roll tightly and place them seam-side-down on the baking sheet or in the air fryer basket.
Yes! Once they're done cooking, transfer to a freezer bag. They will keep in the freezer for 3-4 months. To reheat, bake or air fry at 400° F until they're heated though.
You can! Just make sure that, whether you bake or air fry, they are in a single layer, so they brown evenly.