Plants vs. Zombies’ Magic Taco

Magic Taco


Have you heard the news about the new Plants vs. Zombies comic? Dark Horse is releasing “Bully For You,” an all-ages miniseries coming to a comic shop near you in June! The news made me want to make something special–and what’s better than a magic taco?

I’ve been on a bit of a healthy/homemade kick lately, and wanted to make something delicious and worthy of being “magic,” but is healthy enough to serve to your family and friends and feel good about it. The Magic Taco does not have any meat in it, so I made mine with a delicious black bean and veggie filling. I also used some of Mission Foods‘ Digestive Health Tortillas to add some healthy probiotics to the meal. (They also now have Gluten-Free tortillas and Carb Balance tortillas available in stores–a great way to make sure everyone’s happy and healthy on taco night!) What you get is a taco you can feel good about eating. Magic indeed!


  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 TBS yellow cornmeal
  • 2 TBS taco seasoning
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 6 Mission soft taco tortillas
  • 1 romaine heart, shredded
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • additional salsa, optional
  • hot sauce, optional (but Crazy Dave approved!)


Place onion, garlic, and bell pepper with a bit of olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook a few minutes until tender.

While the veggies are cooking, mash the black beans in a bowl with a fork. Add the mashed beans, cornmeal, taco seasoning, and salsa into the skillet, stir until combined with the veggies. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Decide if you would like hard tacos (to look more like a Magic Taco) or soft tacos (also delicious). If you would like a hard taco, you can follow these directions to make your own. (I would advise to check on these tortillas after about 5 minutes.)

Place some of the bean mixture into your tortilla, followed by lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. Top with salsa and/or hot sauce to taste.

Eat the taco, miss the taco, go back in time to eat the taco again.

Crazy Tara


Wanna try making this Magic Taco at home? I’m going to make it even easier by giving away a pack of Mission Foods Tortillas to two of you! Just leave a comment below with: 1) Your favorite taco filling and 2) what type of Mission tortillas you want to try (Digestive Health, Gluten Free, or Carb Balance). I’ll pick a winner on Friday, April 3rd!

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  1. This recipe sounds amazing and I love the tip for making crunchy taco shells! Love the picture of you at the end, too! You have the best blog EVER!!

  2. Man, that’s a lot of work for tacos. Looks delicious, though. To answer your questions –
    1. Ground Venison. Leaner than standard burger and very, very tasty.
    2. Carb Balance is the way to go. Those are my tortilla of choice.

  3. I need to have my tacos layered in a certain order, Sour cream spread first (if I have it) then my protein (beef or chicken usually), cheese, lettuce, extras (black olives are my favorite). I’m particular about how it’s layered as I don’t want my lettuce wilted and I want my cheese melted. I’d want to try the carb balance too. I’ve pretty much gone away from flour tortillas but those sound worth a try.

  4. Growing up on the third coast, I’m a taco purist. There was always an abundance of taquerías that offered legit tacos from morning until late night. Outside of a breakfast taco with scrambled egg, chorizo, and hot sauce, my absolute favourite taco:

    – grilled shrimp brushed with garlic butter
    – diced white onion
    – minced cilantro

    That is a perfect trifecta to enjoy in a taco. If you have some avocado laying about, a couple of slices make for nice complement to those flavours.

    I’d totally try the Carb Balance too!

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