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Grilled Veggie and Refried Bean Tacos

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Grilled Veggie and Refried Bean Tacos

Grilled Veggie and Refried Bean Tacos make the perfect plant-based meal. Prep this one ahead for an easy, healthy weeknight dinner!

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We're huge fans of the grill in my family and I love finding new ways to use it – especially in the summer months when I'll do pretty much anything to avoid turning on my oven!

These grilled veggie and refried bean tacos are one of my newest ideas on how to use the grill, beyond burgers. Bonus? This simple but hearty recipe requires just 7 ingredients. And that's including olive oil! Don't worry though, despite the minimal ingredient list, these are not lacking in flavor. Fresh cilantro plus that unbeatable flavor from the grill really make these the best vegetarian tacos you'll eat this summer!

To make them, you'll start by shucking your corn and chopping your cilantro. I always start with these mise en place type tasks to make for a smoother, lower stress cooking experience.

Next, preheat your grill to medium heat. Brush your poblanos and shucked corn with olive oil to prevent sticking to the grill. Then place your corn on the grill and cook for about 4 minutes before adding the poblanos. Cook the poblanos and continue cooking the corn for 4-5 minutes, turning the poblanos frequently.

Now for the hardest part – let your grilled veggies cool a bit until they're not too hot to the touch. Slice the poblanos lengthwise and cut the corn off the cob.

Finally, you'll warm the tortillas on a griddle until they're pliable before building your tacos. Spread each tortilla with refried beans before topping with shredded cheese, grilled corn and poblanos, and cilantro.

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Grilled Veggie and Refried Bean Tacos


  • 4 poblanos (or Anaheim chilis)
  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro
  • 14 oz refried beans
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • olive oil


  • Shuck 4 ears of corn.
  • Chop cilantro.
  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Brush 4 poblanos & 4 ears of corn w/ olive oil.
  • Place corn on grill or grill pan & cook ~ 4mins.
  • Add poblanos to grill & cook w/ corn ~4-5mins, turning frequently. 
  • Allow vegetables to cool slightly and then slice the poblanos lengthwise and cut corn off the cob.
  • Warm tortillas on a griddle.
  • Build tacos: Spread refried beans on tortilla and add shredded cheese, poblano slices, corn and cilantro.


*Read all ingredient lists; avoid added msg, sugar, gluten, etc.

Tips for the BEST Vegetarian Tacos

I love this recipe and want to make sure your result is the very best vegetarian tacos. Here are a few tips to help you along the way:

  • Make sure to warm up the tortillas. Tortillas, and corn tortillas in particular, will be too fragile and break if you don't warm them up so don't skip this step!
  • Check your refried beans. There are countless varieties of refried beans out there and they vary a lot in terms of both flavor and ingredients. Thrive Market (<< affiliate link )offers some great options. You can also make your own! This easy refried beans recipe is simple and so delicious!
  • Make them your own. One of the best things about tacos is how versatile they are in terms of the toppings! Have a garden overflowing with zucchini? Toss some on the grill and add it to the tacos! Have a ripe avocado? Add some slices. I personally love inviting everyone to craft their own tacos for a fun and crowd-pleasing meal.

Can I meal prep these grilled veggie & refried bean tacos?

Yes but the recipe is so simple, it doesn't require a lot of meal prep. The only thing I recommend doing ahead of time is shucking your corn. This will make the day-of cooking a little bit quicker.

I'm a big fan of doing even small tasks like this during my weekly meal prep session to make weeknights that much easier.

If you do choose to make your own refried beans, you can do that ahead as well.

What's the nutrition like for these veggie & refried bean tacos?

These veggie & refried bean tacos pack in lots of plant based nutrition. They're hearty without being heavy and will leave you feeling great! Here are a few of the nutritional highlights this recipe provides:

Poblano Peppers (Vitamin A, Vitamin C)

Poblanos are high in several nutrients, but are exceptionally high in vitamin C. One cup of raw poblanos has over 100% of your daily vitamin C needs (and only 3 grams net carbs). Combined with their high vitamin A content, this makes poblanos potentially beneficial for your immune system and for disease prevention.

Corn (Folate, Vitamin B6, Potassium)

While corn is mostly carbohydrates, it ranks low-medium on the glycemic index, so won't spike your blood sugar as much as some carbs. Corn is also high in fiber, folate, Vitamin B6 and Potassium.

Cilantro (Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium, Manganese)

Cilantro supports the health of your brain, possibly reducing the risk of Parkinsons and Alztheimers disease as well as anxiety. In addition, one of cilantro's biggest benefits is its prevention of blood sugar spikes. Finally, cilantro has antimicrobial elements and thus may help prevent food poisoning. It's worth noting that many studies on cilantro use cilantro extract, rather than the leaves.

Pinto Beans (Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Thiamine, Phosphorus)

Pinto beans are great for digestion, due to their high fiber content. They're also quite high in antioxidants. Pinto beans provide substantial amounts of protein, in addition to carbohydrates. Studies show that these beans are beneficial for your heart as well.

Do Prep Dish meal plans include vegetarian recipes?

While we do not offer weekly vegetarian meal plans, our gluten free and super fast meal plans usually include one vegetarian recipe per week. In addition, our weekly Friday newsletter always include tips on how to convert each gluten free and super fast recipe to vegetarian. This is a great way to use our meal plans if you prefer more plant-based meals!

Our premium members also have access to a one week vegetarian meal plan (in addition to SO many other bonuses!)

Finally, you can check out my 16 Meatless Dinner Ideas for some of my favorites.

I want more hearty plant based dinner recipes!

Whether you're vegetarian or simply like to mix in a few plant based recipes each week, I've got you covered! Here are a few of my favorites:

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Kale & Caramelized Onion Frittata

If you include eggs in your diet, frittatas and other egg dishes make an excellent meatless meal. Packed with veggies and protein, this kale and caramelized onion frittata is a great place to start.

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Curried Cauliflower Soup Recipe

I'm a huge fan of pureed veggie soups like this one. It's the perfect balance of savory and slightly sweet with a lovely creaminess from coconut milk.

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Middle Eastern Salad

The creamy tahini dressing that goes along with this salad makes the dish! I also love plant based meals like this one because it's so easy to add meat for those in the family who want it if you wish. This salad is great with grilled chicken, but also totally delicious and satisfying just as it is!

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