Black Bean & Rice Open-Faced Tacos

Through the help of Ben’s Beginners and kid-friendly recipes with cooking lessons and tutorials, my kids have been even more busy in the kitchen than usual. They’ve always had interest, yet this motivating tool makes it so much fun and easier for them, because even they get the ‘stand in the kitchen clueless on what to make’ blahs.

The latest easy meal my kids made is Black Bean & Rice Open-Faced Tacos, which is a quick and easy recipe that uses pantry staples. This is a meatless dish, though you could add shredded chicken or beef if you so wish.

A plate of food, with Taco and Recipes

I loved the taco cups made from tortilla shells baked using the underside of muffin tins, and the kids were really impressed that they made edible bowls!

Ben's Beginners and kid-friendly recipes with cooking lessons and tutorials

Following the cooking lessons for this recipe, the kids had no issues making Black Bean & Rice Open-Faced Tacos from start to finish, though they did ban together to nix the corn and olives.

A plate of food on a table, with side

That’s ok though, this is why cooking is such a great life lesson for kids, they are more apt to eat what they themselves choose and make. Plus it’s skills learned and such a confidence booster!

easy Black Bean & Rice Open-Faced Tacos

After completing the cooking lessons for this recipe, my kids earned the ‘Taco Tamer badge’, clever! There was also the reminder to enter to win the contest for a job well done!

Simple Black Bean & Rice Open-Faced Tacos

Through the digital hub at Ben’s Beginners, Canadian families can participate in activities that will help teach cooking skills to their children, and then use those skills to prepare a mouth-watering recipe. By uploading a photo afterward, they’ll be entered for a chance to win one of three $10,000 RESPs.

October 15th is the first annual International Cook with Your Kids Day, and Uncle Ben’s wants to inspire kitchen confidence in parents across Canada to learn with and teach their kids. Since less than half of Canadian parents feel highly skilled at creating a balanced meal and most common kitchen tasks, like seasoning, chopping, and pan frying – it’s time to change that statistic, by teaching our kids.

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Share your experience cooking together in the kitchen using #LookWhatWeMade and benefit from life skills education, confidence building, and possibly winning RESP’s in the meantime!

What other easy recipes can your kids make on their own?


Black Bean & Rice Open-Faced Tacos recipe




Disclosure: This is a compensated post, yet as always, all opinions are my own.



  1. I’m with the kids– no olives for me either, please! But I like the shape of these & they look fun for the kids to make.

  2. This recipe totally looks like something the kids would love to try out. It is also very similar looking to something we just love too.

  3. This looks good and really healthy. We’d probably keep the corn, and my kids love to make messes in the kitchen.

  4. My kids love Tacos and enjoy any meal that they can put together the ingredients they choose!! This is a recipe I will definitely try!

  5. My grandchildren could make the Chicken Broccoli & Rice Casserole. It has all the ingredients they like.

  6. Definitely the Cheesy Rainbow Rice with Ground Beef. I love cooking with ground beef.

  7. I think the kids would love to try the meatballs and rice recipes, this is a great thing for kids to learn and they enjoy it too

  8. I would like to treat my children the Chicken Broccoli & Rice Casserole. I think this would be a great option and very healthy. They could start chopping and doing prep work!

  9. I think my niece would be able to make the Meatballs & Rice, she loves to help out in the kitchen.

  10. Knowing my granddaughter it would be the Meatballs & Rice, myself would love to try the porkchops yummmm!!!

  11. My 12yr loves baking/cooking and likes trying out new recipes!! Taco Night is a family favorite and everyone probably will like trying Taco Bowls!!

  12. I think my grandchildren would enjoy making and eating Cheesy Rainbow Rice with Ground Beef.

  13. They would love to make Cheesy Rainbow Rice with Ground Beef, we’ll have to try this recipe out soon

  14. This recipe. It looks amazing. I think the kids would get a kick out of being able to eat the bowl.

  15. My girl would love to make the Cheesy Rainbow Rice with Ground Beef! The whole family would enjoy it!

  16. My teenage daughter has informed me that she wants to try and eat more vegetarian foods – so I would LOVE to make the black bean and rice tacos with her!

  17. The Chicken, Broccoli & Rice casserole recipe would be a huge hit with our family.

  18. Sophie could definitely make the Black Bean & Rice Open-Faced Tacos minus the black beens.

  19. I think my older grandkids would be able to make the Meatballs & Rice especially as it is their favourite meal!

  20. If I help I think my granddaughter could make the Black Bean & Rice Open-Faced Tacos. We will try it next time she visit!

  21. These tacos would be their first choice because they love Mexican food best of all. The other recipe they would love to make is the Chicken Broccoli & Rice Casserole.

  22. My kids would enjoy making Chicken Broccoli & Rice Casserole and Meatballs & Rice. Looks so good!

  23. My girls love spending time in the kitchen always offering if they can help me prepare meals. I would love to try cooking the Cheesy Rainbow Rice with Ground Beef with them.

  24. Definitely the chicken, broccoli and rice casserole; I make a similar recipe which goes over really big in our household.

  25. Without the olives, this would be a big hit with our family. My girls would enjoy making this recipe.

  26. It would be terrific to win a Ben’s Beginners gift pack.
    In response to your question of
    What recipe on the Ben’s Beginners site could your kids make?
    I don’t have any children but my niece could make the
    Cheesy Rainbow Rice with Ground Beef.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  27. As of late we have been having hamburger/mushrooms/fried rice enclosed in a tortilla shell. Just add an appetite tomatoes/hot chilies. Now we have a different way to approach the same staple. Thanks for posting.

  28. I think we’d be able to make the Chicken brocoli & rice casserole! Yummy easy recipes! thanks for the chance

  29. I would make the tacos. We often make those but never tried this kind. They look delish!

  30. I think the Cheesy Rainbow Rice minus ground beef (not everyone in the house is on board the ground texture) would be a huge hit on the both make and taste chart.

  31. I think my nieces would like making the Meatballs & Rice recipe. they’d enjoy pouring the rice and rolling the meatballs.

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