Vegan Black Bean, Charred Butternut Squash and Avocado Salsa Tacos

06 Jan 2022

Vegan Black Bean, Charred Butternut Squash and Avocado Salsa Tacos

50 Minutes | easy | Serves 4-6

All the elements of a great taco come into play here: a creaminess from the beans, freshness and bite from the avocado salsa and sweetness from the charred butternut squash.


  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and cut into ½ inch slices
  • 1 chilli, sliced (seeds removed if you like)
  • Corn tacos, to serve
  • Extra lime wedges, to serve
  • Hot sauce, to serve
  • 2 avocados, peeled and diced
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1-2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Handful coriander leaves and stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 x 400g can black beans, drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or finely grated
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon paprika or chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • Large pinch caster sugar



Heat a splash of oil

Heat a splash of oil in a frying pan and add the garlic. Cook for a couple of minutes over low heat, then add the black beans, spices and vinegar. Cook the beans for a few minutes to warm them through, crushing them a little with a fork. Season with salt and set aside.

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Toss the squash slices

Toss the squash slices with a little oil to coat, and grill for 5-10 minutes on each side, or until tender and charred.​​​​​​​

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Combine all the salsa ingredients and season with salt. Set aside. ​​​​​​​

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Once the squash is tender, remove it and dice then set aside. ​​​​​​​

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Serve the diced squash with the avocado salsa, beans, tacos and lime wedges.



Sprinkle each taco with some chilli to serve (and hot sauce if you like it spicy!).​​​​​​​

Recipe Author

Recipe Author

Helen Graves

Helen Graves is an award-winning recipe, food and travel writer with a particular interest in barbecue. She writes freelance for many major food and drink publications and is editor of Pit, the UK's first independent magazine about live-fire cooking. Helen has created a series of exclusive recipes for Outback that focus on maximising flavour for the home cook using lots of spices, fresh herbs and BBQ techniques.

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