The cornerstone of every Blue Zones diet in the world? Beans. There are at least 70 varieties of beans to choose from and an infinite number of ways to prepare them. Here’s one delicious recipe to spark your bean-spiration.

Recipe adapted from Blue Zones.

By Dan Buettner,


  • 2 mangos, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt to taste
  • 10 to 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • Mango salsa and/or choice of hot sauce


  • Place mango, red onion, red bell pepper, lime juice, chopped cilantro, avocado, black beans in a medium bowl. Mix well.
  • Add a few generous pinches of salt. Taste and adjust seasoning. Chill until ready to use.
  • Char (or warm) your tortillas. Place about ½ cup of the filling in the center of each tortilla. Fold and serve with salsa and/or hot sauce.

Comments (28)

(5 from 18 votes)

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Casie k

Delicious! These were a hit with everyone, even the meat eaters.


This recipe is fantastic and easy! After the first time, I swapped one mango for a jalapeño. It felt more balanced. Also great on baked tostadas.

Charli Lee

This was utterly wonderful. The flavors were so fresh and delicious. We had plenty of leftovers and used the rest for our late evening salad (we eat our main meal around 2pm). We popped the leftovers on top of mixed spring greens and it was fantastic. The flavors had melded a bit more, so next time for the tacos, I plan to mix the ingredients together a couple hours earlier. So easy, so delicious, will eat again and again!

Suzi Wild

could you tell me the serving size


I love this and have it ALL.THE.TIME! I eat in tacos but also salad or with chips like a salsa.


Soooooooooo goood, and so easy!

Debbie Hogan

Omg these are fantastic!

Callum McColl

Genuinely is as easy as 1,2,3! There is something so satisfying about enjoying a wonderful meal when all you need to make it is a large bowl to throw everything into. The ingredients form a magical combination of sweet, zesty goodness. Mightily refreshing and if you are only making for 2 you have a really fresh lunch left over. Very quick and easy way to impress your vegan better half! :)

Corey Wendlandt

Try this


This recipe looks fabulous but where can you get compliant tortillas with no oil and non GMO?


I found compliant corn tortillas at dollar tree

Maureen Ward

Mango is better than tomato due to acid, and black beans would use half can, and 1 avocado, due to Ckd, have not seen this salsa in stores but will look next time.....


I found my no oil in tortilla in Mexican Grocery Stores.


Amazing, so yummy!


Delish! I bought Paul Newman mango salsa, which turned out to have sugar and corn syrup. But it was yummy and I didn’t use much of it. Not sweating the small stuff.

Sheryl Paulson

Perfect - easy with result of an explosion of flavors and textures.

Debra Wilcox

Wish you would make your recipies printable or at least copy and paste. I prefer to have all my recipies in one place.

Debra Wilcox

Sorry, I was able to copy and paste.

Coleen McKenna

Up top under the big image and above the recipe description, there is a link to 'print/save recipe'. If you click that, you should get a PDF of the recipe that you can then print.


Click on print


do you have recipe for the mango salsa?

Melodie Gren

Go up to the top and in the search box type "Mango Salsa" and a delicious recipe for mango salsa will come up. It's also in the FOK recipe app.


This was very good… I agree with another review that the mango is a bit overpowering. Next time I think I’ll use less mango and more bell pepper; possibly chop & sauté mushrooms to add into the mix. I did not buy mango salsa & glad I didn’t because the frozen mango I used was more than enough mango flavor.

Kate Reed

This was very good. I used frozen mango and diced it, and the red pepper, to approximate the size of the black beans. I omitted the cilantro, which my partner dislikes, and spread guacamole on the tortillas in lieu of going out to get avocados. I put mango salsa on my tortillas, while my partner used regular salsa. We both thought this was very good. In my opinion, the cilantro would be excellent in this recipe, if you are a cilantro fan. This is definitely a keeper.


So good! Made it this evening, but substituting pineapple for mango since the mango was not ripe. Can't wait to try with mango.

Lisa metzler

The mango salsa makes this dish. It is good! But if you are using it, leave the mangoes out of the filling and try using a yellow or orange bell pepper and diced tomatoes instead of mangoes. It is so pretty, really delicious and you get plenty of mango with the mango salsa.


This was simple to put together and absolutely delicious! Definitely recommend.

Christine L Limbrunner

Quick, can make ahead of time, and delicious. Wouldn't change a thing.

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Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Fellow and the author of multiple New York Times bestselling books, including The Blue Zones, Thrive, and The Blue Zones Kitchen. He has discovered the five places in the world—dubbed Blue Zones—where people live the longest, and are healthiest. Buettner works in partnership with Sharecare, municipal governments, and insurance companies to implement the program in more than 50 cities in North America, and has dramatically improved the health of millions of Americans. His work has been highlighted on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, NPR, and Oprah. Find him on Instagram and LinkedIn.
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