Tacos Al Vapor De Frijol / Steamed Bean Tacos

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

These are the "street vendor" type of tacos. They usually have them, either inside a basket wrapped in table cloths, or in a sort of metal or plastic "pail,", also wrapped in tablecloths. Delicious, but can be pretty greasy.... WARNING!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Fry the ancho chile in enough hot oil, and blend it in a blender.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat enough oil (or lard) to almost cover the bottom of the pan, and add the beans to re-fry them, add the cheese and the chile.
  3. Mash them with a potato masher, and stir constantly to prevent from burning.
  4. Turn the heat off, when the beans are creamy and have boiled.
  5. In each tortilla (previously softened in a microwave, to prevent the bottoms from breaking), add a tablespoon, or you desired amount, of beans, and fold them in half.
  6. Cut aluminum squares, big enough to hold 3-4 tacos.
  7. Wrap them, and put them in a "tamales" pot, or put a bowl, face-down, on the bottom of the pot, so that tacos don't get wet.
  8. Put enough water in the bottom, being careful not to get the tacos wet (again!). Turn on the heat (low-medium) for about 15-20 minutes.
  9. Serve them with the chopped cabbage and the salsa.