Easy Butternut Squash & Black Bean Tacos

These butternut squash & black bean tacos are packed with nutrients and protein; you won’t miss the meat! They’re great for gameday and made easy with Old El Paso “stand up” hard taco shells. 

Easy Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tacos

There’s a certain feeling that comes over me when I hear the roar of a stadium, commentators narrating the action of a play, and the jingle that always ends up stuck in my head from SEC on CBS or Monday Night Football. You know, this one…

It’s my favorite time of year. Yes, the crisp air, family time, and the holidays are some of the greatest aspects of Fall/Winter, but there’s something that happens during football season. We forget about the worries at work and the stresses of the week and engage in a little tailgating, watching our favorite teams whether it’s live or on a big screen, cooking and eating our favorite game day eats, and just being together.

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tacos

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tacos

I made an executive decision that tacos should be eaten on game day. I know, I know, burgers and dogs are easy to grill and can feed a big crowd. But…so can tacos. They’re still handheld like our favorite sandwiches and sausages, but they are different, more flavorful, and not to mention, better for you. These tacos were pretty simple to make, but they were made easier by the Old El Paso stand-up taco shells, and made even more delicious with Avocados from Mexico. You physically cannot eat tacos without guacamole. Or at least you shouldn’t.

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Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tacos Butternut Squash and Black Bean tacos


Easy Butternut Squash & Black Bean Tacos


  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 15oz cans of black beans, drained
  • 1 red onion, julienned
  • 1 package of baby spinach
  • 1 cup of white wine or broth
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 7 cloves of garlic, 3 whole and 4 minced
  • Old El Paso stand up hard taco shells
  • 2 Avocados from Mexico
  • 2 tbsp tomatillo salsa
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Handful fresh cilantro, chopped


    For the butternut squash:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a baking pan.
  2. Place the cubed squash on the baking pan with the three whole cloves of garlic mixed in.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over the cubes with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Use your hands to combine well.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  5. For the onions and spinach:
  6. Heat about a tbsp of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  7. When the pan is completely hot, add the minced garlic and cook for about a minute.
  8. Add the red onion and saute for about 3 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of white wine to deglaze the pan.
  9. Continue cooking until onions are translucent and soft, adding the remainder of the white wine until done.
  10. Add the package of spinach and cook until spinach is wilted.
  11. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  12. For the black beans:
  13. Heat a small sauce pan over medium heat.
  14. Add drained beans to pot, cover and let them sit to heat up.
  15. F!or the guacamole:
  16. Add both avocados into a bowl and mash with a fork, leaving some chunks for texture.
  17. Add tomatillo salsa and mix well.
  18. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, cilantro and lime juice. Combine with a fork.
  19. For the taco shells:
  20. Heat your oven or toaster oven to 325.
  21. Add shells on a baking pan and heat for about five minutes, or according to package directions.

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tacos

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    • The Blissful Balance says

      YES they will! My dad is a carnivore and he is still talking about these tacos. When my dad approves, I know I did good lol

    • The Blissful Balance says

      I didn’t use any guac mix actually! So am I – seriously though, I had tacos on Friday too lmao Hablo Taco in Channelside is my ish!! Have you been there?

    • The Blissful Balance says

      Thank you!! Super easy, too. The only thing is butternut squash is such a pain in the butt to peel LOL

    • The Blissful Balance says

      Oh no! I hope you feel better! I went through some major digestive troubles a couple years back and it forced me to get very creative with my meals, which I guess was a positive that came out of it! Good luck with your health, again I hope you get well soon! Thanks for the love <3

    • The Blissful Balance says

      Thanks, Jess! I’ve never had them at a restaurant but I think next time I see them as an option I am definitely ordering. Such a great combo!


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