BBQ chicken and black bean taco fillings on a corn tortilla on a round white plate on a grey placemat next to a nonstick skillet with taco fillings all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

BBQ Chicken and Black Bean Tacos

Combine the delicious flavors of Texas bbq with southwestern cuisine to get a perfect meal that the whole family is sure to love!

Quick and easy BBQ Chicken and Black Bean Tacos are an excellent option for a healthy meal that the whole family will enjoy. I thought the combination sounded a bit odd at first, but we decided to give it a chance, and it was delicious!

Not to mention, this just screams Texas to me! The mix of Southwestern foods with Mexican influence and Texas bbq makes me think that this is the perfect Cinco de Mayo recipe in the Lone Star state.

The recipe calls for a rotisserie chicken, which would help keep the cooking time to 30 minutes. We didn’t have any since we went to the grocery store so early in the morning that the deli didn’t have them out yet. I subbed in some boneless skinless chicken breast and cooked that which worked out well.

I have never been a big fan of black beans. That was my main reason for being hesitant to try this recipe. But they are mixed with so many other flavors that they don’t stand out. In my opinion, the beans added a little bit of nutrition and texture to the dish, and that was about it.

In addition to the taste, these tacos look so pretty! And because of the nature of tacos, you can prepare all of the ingredients, and each person can fill them to their liking, making this a great recipe for those with picky eaters in the house. Even with ingredients I don’t always care for, bbq chicken and black bean tacos are always a welcomed meal here.

Step by Step

In a medium skillet satué the chicken breast with oil. Season with salt, pepper, and cilantro. Flip as needed until the chicken is cooked through. Shred the chicken and set aside.

Cooked chicken breast topped with seasonings in a large nonstick skillet over a wooden surface

After removing the chicken from the pan, add the diced bell pepper. Cook for about 5-6 minutes. The pepper should start to soften slightly.

Cooked diced green peppers in a large nonstick skillet over a wooden surface

Stir in the corn and black beans. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until they are warmed through, especially if you are using frozen corn. Remove the pan from the heat.

Diced green peppers, corn kernels, and black beans in a large nonstick skillet over a wooden surface

In a medium bowl, mix the shredded chicken with the bbq sauce.

Shredded chicken covered with bbq sauce in a stainless steel bowl over a wooden surface

Warm the tortillas according to the package directions. Trust me, you want to warm them, we didn’t with the first ones we made, and as soon as we tried to roll the tacos slightly to pick them up they started to crack down the seams and made a huge mess!

Whisk the sauce ingredients in a small bowl until combined.

Sour cream mixture in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

Top each tortilla with a scoop or two of the chicken and top with the veggie mixture. Then add a dollop of the sauce and garnish with cilantro.

BBQ chicken and black bean taco fillings on a corn tortilla on a round white plate on a grey placemat next to a nonstick skillet with taco fillings all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: April 30, 2018

Last Updated On: January 21, 2020

BBQ chicken and black bean taco fillings on a corn tortilla on a round white plate on a grey placemat next to a nonstick skillet with taco fillings all on a wooden surface

BBQ Chicken and Black Bean Tacos

Combine the delicious flavors of Texas bbq with southwestern cuisine to get a perfect meal that the whole family is sure to love!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq, black beans, chicken, tacos
Servings: 8 tacos
5 from 6 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp cilantro
  • 1 green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 cup corn (frozen)
  • 1/2 cup black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1/3 cup bbq sauce
  • 8 corn tortillas (small)
Sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp cilantro
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Instructions

  • In a medium skillet satué the chicken breast with oil
  • Season with salt, pepper, and cilantro
  • Flip as needed until the chicken is cooked through
  • Shred the chicken and set aside
  • After removing the chicken from the pan, add the diced bell peppers
  • Cook for about 5-6 minutes, until peppers are tender
  • Stir in corn and black beans, cooking for another 1-2 minutes until heated, then remove the pan from the heat
  • In a medium bowl, combine the shredded chicken with the bbq sauce
  • Heat the tortillas according to the package
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk sauce ingredients together
  • Make tacos by layering chicken mixture then bean mixture and a dollop of sauce
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve warm
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Nutrition Facts
BBQ Chicken and Black Bean Tacos
Amount Per Serving (2 tacos)
Calories 541 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 160mg53%
Sodium 847mg35%
Potassium 1202mg34%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 55g110%
Vitamin A 481IU10%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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42 thoughts on “BBQ Chicken and Black Bean Tacos”

  1. I have not cooked for the past 2 weeks and I probably will make these tacos tonight, I have all the ingredients. Thanks for sharing

  2. Trần Quốc Hưng

    How amazing this dish is! I was completely surprised by the way you combine the ingredients together to create wonderful tacos and the BBQ chickens! Thanks for sharing!

    1. My son is obsessed with the word “taco” lately but doesn’t always eat them. This was great to have a different version for him to try and he liked it for the most part!

  3. This is perfect for our family meal this weekend. We love tacos and BBQ chicken, so this is definitely added to our list to make. Thanks for this recipe.

    1. I haven’t tried them without the chicken, but you could probably make them a vegetarian taco by taking out the chicken and just drizzle a bit of bbq sauce in the taco as you build it.

  4. I never would have thought to shred the chicken! That’s always something I’ve hated about chicken tacos was chunks but having it shredded would solve that. Totally need to make this!

  5. Tonya Michelle

    Always looking for Quick and healthy recipe options for my family. Going to give this a try this week! And beautiful pictures my mouth was watering lol

  6. What brand of cookware do you use/suggest? I’ve been looking for a really good skillet for long time. My small Calphalon skillet has been disappointing.

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