Easy Ground Pork Tacos with Black Beans

Looking for a flavorful pork tacos recipe that doesn’t take all day? Look no further than these easy ground pork tacos with black beans, which taste like they simmered forever but come together in about 20 minutes.

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Ask me about my taco problem

“Ask me about my taco problem.” That’s what it says on the t-shirt at the very top of the laundry pile of t-shirts I wish I had. I’d have worn that shirt like five days a week these past two weeks if I had it. It’d be soft like a corn tortilla and would make me feel a little bit spicy and a little bit vulnerable, like I’m speaking my truth without trying too hard. 

I’d tell you how many of these ground pork tacos with black beans we’ve eaten this week, purely because they’re so easy and good and easy to feel good about. But that could get awkward quickly. So instead I’ll tell you a little bit about the tacos themselves, and maybe you’ll try them. And who knows what might happen after that? Maybe YOU’LL be digging your taco t-shirt out of the laundry pile for the next two weeks.

A girl can dream.

Why we love these tacos

So here’s the deal. This is one of those recipes that’s been kicking around in my head in some nascent form for far too long. Over the course of about a year it went from, “Hmmm, interesting,” to “I should really do that,” to “OMG WHY do these tacos not exist in the world?” Sometimes that’s what it takes to carve out the time and space. Even for tacos. I know you know feel me on this one.

These tacos are:

  • Super-flavorful
  • Really quick
  • Pretty good for ya
  • Kid-friendly and party-friendly, too.
Easy Ground Pork Tacos with Black Beans | Umami Girl

Easy ground pork taco ingredients

These tacos taste like they simmered all day, thanks to layers of ground spices. Here’s what you’ll need:

For the taco filling

  • Olive oil
  • Minced shallot
  • Garlic
  • Ground pork
  • Canned black beans
  • Canned diced tomatoes (you can use fire-roasted tomatoes if you like)
  • Salt
  • Chili powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Smoked paprika
  • Dried oregano
  • Ground cayenne

To serve the tacos

collage of beginning to make tacos, adding olive oil, shallot, garlic, ground pork, black beans, and diced tomatoes to a skillet and stirring it

Feeling good about our ground pork

As you probably know by now, I’m careful about sourcing the meat we eat. The upside is that I feel really good about our choices. The downside is that I used to routinely spend approximately 13 million dollars on a home-cooked dinner for four.

These days we get our ground pork from Butcher Box. Their heritage pork comes from breeds of pigs that are much less commonly used in meat production these days. Butcher Box farmers raise pig breeds including Duroc, Berkshire, and Chester White. These farmers are working hard to both preserve these breeds and provide customers with the more flavorful, finely marbled meat that comes from them.

Butcher Box pigs get to live in style, with bedding in open barns, outdoor access, and a nutritious diet (forage + all-vegetarian feed).

If you like, you can learn more about Butcher Box in this post.

How to make ground pork tacos

This one-pan meal comes together very quickly, so it’s great for weeknights and also works well for dinner parties. Here’s what you’ll do. Watch all the steps in action in the video that accompanies this post.

collage of adding salt, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, dried oregano, and cayenne to a skillet with ground pork ad stirring it
  • Heat some olive oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet.
  • Add minced shallot and garlic and cook for a minute.
  • Add ground pork and cook, breaking up into small pieces, until nicely browned.
  • Add black beans and diced tomatoes to the skillet, along with the salt and all the spices.
  • Simmer until the pork is cooked through.
  • Then make tacos! Heat up the corn tortillas (over an open flame like a gas burner if you can, but no worries if not). Then layer on the taco filling, cilantro or cilantro sauce, cotija cheese and pickled red onions.
collage of making tacos by laying out two corn tortillas and adding ground pork filling, cilantro sauce, cotija cheese, and pickled red onions, then picking up one of the tacos

Taco tip

Black beans add great flavor and texture to these ground pork tacos. They also add lots of dietary fiber and help lighten the environmental load of your meal.

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Easy Ground Pork Tacos with Black Beans

These quick and easy tacos are full of slow-simmering flavor even though they only cook for a few minutes. The bright, fresh toppings add lots of great color and flavor without a lot of work. This recipe is gluten-free if you use gluten-free corn tortillas and chili powder.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Serves Serves 4


For the pork filling

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground pork
  • 1 15.5-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne

To serve

  • 12 taco-sized soft corn tortillas
  • 4 ounces Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • Pickled Red Onions
  • 1 cup picked fresh cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges


  1. Warm the olive oil over medium-high heat in a 12-inch nonstick skillet. Add shallot and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to soften, about a minute. Stir pork into skillet, breaking up with a spatula into small pieces, and continue cooking for a few minutes until lightly browned. Add beans, tomatoes (along with all their juices), salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano and cayenne to skillet and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for five minutes.
  2. To serve, warm taco shells according to package directions. Fill each shell with some of the pork mixture and top with Cotija, pickled onions and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.


Nutrition info for this recipe does not include tortillas.

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Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 413 Total Fat:: 17.3g Carbohydrates:: 29.3g Fiber:: 9.3g Protein:: 37.6g

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  1. Jim Mccormick

    This recipe is absolutely amazing ! Do not change a thing !! Thank you

    1. Thank you, Jim! So glad you liked it and appreciate your saying so.