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Air-Fried Sweet Corn Beef Tacos

Developed by Jack Achenbach, RDN, LD

Super simple, totally worth it, tacos! I always have such fun experimenting with different taco fillings. They're so versatile, numerous, and impossible to mess up! So what's in these? Seasoned ground beef topped with Cuban black beans and a sweet corn and mango salsa. In addition, and not listed in the recipe, I added a sweetened lime juice reduction and a sprinkle of toasted coconut crumbs! The best part? I'll airfare them for a few minutes to get a super crispy shell! It might not be Tuesday, but tacos are still on the menu!

Servings: 12 tacos

Level: Easy

Prep Time: 35 minutes


Canola oil

Ground beef

Chili powder

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Red pepper flakes



Ground cumin


Granulated sugar

Canola oil

Onion, minced

Garlic cloves, minced
Black beans- do not rinse


Limes, juiced

Adobo sauce

White wine vinegar

Brown sugar 

Ground cumin

Frozen corn

Mangoes, diced

Red onion, minced

Jalapeno, minced

Green bell peppers, minced

Lime, juiced



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Ground Beef: Combine and toast the spice mix over medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes to intensify the flavor. In a large skillet, heat the canola oil over high heat, then add the ground beef and cook until halfway done. Add the spice mix, and cook the beef all the way through.  

Black Beans: Heat the oil in a small sauce pot over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 3 minutes until soft. Add the black beans and their canning liquid and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, combine the cilantro, limes, adobo, vinegar, brown sugar, and cumin in a blender and puree until smooth. Add to the black beans and cook until soft, about 8-10 minutes. 


Salsa: In small bowl, combine all the ingredients. Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow the flavors to combine and for a cool refreshing layer.

Place taco shells in the airfrier for 3 minutes to get very crispy. Alternatively, heat them in the oven at 400 Fahrenheit for 2-3  minutes. 


To Serve:

Top tacos with cuban black beans and mango salsa!


Cooking note:

Swap out fresh mangoes for frozen mangoes for the same result!


Storage Instructions:

Store each ingredient in an airtight container for tacos everyday!

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