Sargent Choice Test Kitchen: Mango Black Bean Tacos

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February 18th, 2024
Ashly Estrada, Nutrition Student

Why We Chose This Recipe

  • The ingredients included in these tacos offer a balance of sweetness and savoriness.
  • Making these tacos is easy and doesn’t require the use of heat appliances!

Sargent Choice Test Kitchen: Mango Black Bean Tacos

Adapted from Pinch of Yum
Yield:4 tacos  


  • 2 diced mangoes 
  • 3–4 tablespoons diced red onion 
  • 1 tablespoons diced jalapeno, seeds removed
  • Juice of 1 lime 
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt 
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk 
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup 
  • 20 oz. black beans (about 1 1/2 cans) 
  • Salt and pepper, to taste 
  • 4 corn tortillas 
  • A handful of fresh cilantro, stems removed, for garnish


  1. Dice the mangoes, red onions and jalapenos. 
  2. Combine diced red onion and lime juice in a small bowl. Set aside and let sit for at least 15 mins. In another small bowl, whisk together yogurt, coconut milk, and maple syrup. Set aside.
  3. Drain and rinse the black beans.
  4. After the red onion mixture has sat for 15 minutes, add beans, mangoes, jalapenos, salt, and pepper.
  5. Layer the mixture onto the corn tortilla. Drizzle with the yogurt mixture, garnish with cilantro, and enjoy!


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 taco ingredients.

What We Liked

  • The yogurt sauce impressed us with its creamy texture and rich flavor.
  • This taco recipe offers a convenient and tasty way to enjoy a nutritious and satiating meal that includes all three components of Sargent Choice’s Meal Planning 1+2+3:  grains and starchy vegetables, fruits and vegetables, and proteins.


    • Utilizing pre-chopped mango or onions would allow for even quicker preparation, especially if this recipe is being prepared in a dorm.
    • Consider using dairy-free yogurt if this better aligns with your dietary needs.

    Nutritional Value

    • The inclusion of beans and yogurt in this recipe provide protein, contributing to sustained energy levels. Beans are also a great source of iron, necessary for processes such as oxygen transport in red blood cells.
    • Mangos featured in this recipe contribute to satiety due to their fiber content. Additionally, they contain vitamin C, enhancing iron absorption.
    • Corn tortillas provide whole grain carbohydrates, delivering quick energy, as well as fiber to support digestion.