Bean and Avocado Salsa Tortilla Cups


bean and avocado salsa at TidyMom

I absolutely LOVE avocados!  Ever since I had my first taste of guacamole about a year and a half ago,  I’ve been adding avocados to my salads, sandwiches and I recently added them to my new favorite bean salsa recipe, also known as cowboy caviar.

Since I haven’t had a lot of experience with avocados, and I tend to buy them when they are still a little green, I decided to learn how to ripen an avocado quickly.

How to Pick a Ripe Avocado

When looking for a ripe avocado, choose one with a firm flesh, but gives a little when you squeeze.  Place the avocado in the palm of your hand.  Give it a gentle squeeze.  If it’s hard, it’s not ripe.  If it’s soft and squishy, it’s overripe.  If yields to gentle pressure, it’s ready to eat.

Your best bet is to buy ripe avocados the day that you need them.

Ripening Avocados

 According to The Kitchn you can quickly ripen avocados with the help of a banana!

  • Place an under ripe avocado in a paper bag with an banana or apple.
  • Close the bag closed and leave it to sit on the counter.

The ethylene gas in the banana or apple will trigger ripening of the avocado in about 24 hours. 

Bean and Avocado Salsa Recipe

This bean salsa is a simple dish to put together for any size crowd, and it will keep well for days after.  In fact, it actually gets better the longer you let it sit.  It will spice up your meal and make everything a bit more colorful!

I served it up in crispy tortilla cups as a special side when we grilled over the holiday weekend.  What I really love about this flavor packed dish, is you can make it all ahead of time, just wait to place the salsa in the tortilla cups when ready to serve, otherwise the tortillas will become soggy.

Bean Salsa Ingredients at TidyMom

This recipe is really flexible, you can use as much or as little of any of the ingredients as you wish.  It can also easily be doubled or more for a larger crowd.

Bean and Avocado Salsa Tortilla Cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Bean and Avocado Salsa Tortilla Cups

This colorful bean salsa is a simple dish to put together for any size crowd, and it will keep well for days after.


  • 8 fajita size(6") flour tortillas
  • 16 oz can pinto beans, drained (I prefer Bush's)
  • 1/2 cup sweet crisp canned corn
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (I like to use Hunt's Fire Roasted)
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, deveined and minced
  • 1 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small California avocado, cubed


  1. Place tortillas in cupcake pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°F until crispy. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, mix beans, corn,tomatoes, onion, pepper, cilantro, and lime juice in a large bowl and season to taste. Drizzle olive oil over top. Gently fold in avocados.
  3. Spoon the bean salsa into the tortilla cups when ready to serve.
  4. Enjoy.


any of the ingredients can be adjusted to your likes.


bean salsa recipe

 More avocado recipes you may enjoy:

BLT and Avocado Wrap

Grilled Corn & Avocado Salad with Lime & Basil

Avocado Fries

Avocado Ranch Dip

Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Chimichurri Sauce

Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese

Gigi Salad

Grilled Cheese with Tomato, Avocado, Bacon, and Arugula

 Do you have a favorite avocado or cowboy caviar recipe?

Join Dine & Dish and Cookin’ Canuck for the California Avocado 4th of July Blast, sponsored by the California Avocado Commission.

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. Yum! I love the little shells. I’ll be making these for my next party.

  2. I’m crazy about avocados, too! Those shells would be great for mini taco salads as well. NOM!

  3. Cheryl, love these little bites, perfect as an afternoon snack for my kids or for a summer appetizer.

  4. I used their pinto beans with bacon in a recipe posted today. They are so delicious! Love these little bites!

  5. Love the tortilla cups! It looks delicious!

  6. I am addicted to avocados! Great post! I could eat this salsa all day long! Love the cups too!

  7. Thanks so much Amanda

  8. I love these! the fact that the cups are baked make them the perfect snack- my husband will go nuts for these little treats!

  9. An avocado with a sprinkling of salt is my favorite! However baking the tortillas(brilliant?) is a must do – ASAP. Love all the stuff you have put into your avocado salsa. Happy Summer, Cheryl!

  10. These are adorable, Cheryl! Another tip for ripening avocados…place them in a (dark) drawer. That’s what my mum always did, and it seemed to do the trick.

  11. Love the idea… I’ll try it! One thing I must say… how sad that you’ve only just (18mos ago) tasted an avocado. I guess I take for granted that we have avocados readily available here in California! But now you can enjoy them forever!!! I can’t wait to make this– it looks delish!

    • I know! Avocados are just something my mom never fed us, so it was a food I was never introduced to until I ate out with some friends who ordered guacamole and I fell in love!

  12. Love avocados and I especially love how adorable those little cups are! Too cute.

  13. This looks fantastic, I love Tex-Mex and this would just do the trick!

  14. looks great Cheryl! I hope you had a great weekend! This was all over pinterest today. I pinned it too

  15. I think this is such a versatile dish! What a great party starter!

  16. I love avocados, more than words can say. And I love these little cups, I might need to do these for our barbecue next weekend!

  17. Cheryl, what a cool way to use tortillas! My kids could help make these and would be thrilled at the idea for making them “all by themselves.”

  18. how adorable is this?? I am having a mexican-inspired dinner on Sunday, and this will make a perfect app!

  19. Nice avocado post! We grow avocados on our family farm. We think the best bet is to have some in the kitchen at all times…so that when they’re perfectly ripe we’ll have some to eat! Since they don’t begin to soften until they leave the tree, waiting for the perfect time to eat them is part of the process of enjoying avocados. Love having those beauties in the kitchen!

  20. We need to get you out to California for an avocado adventure. Would love to show you our ranchand introduce you to all things avocado!

  21. This looks really good. If I don’t like avacado, what can I substitute for it?

  22. Love this ! Was wondering if you can tell me what brand, kind of tortillas you bought? There are so many to choose from…your’s look thicker than the ones I normally buy…can you pleees?

  23. omword! as always this looks amazing.

    beans + avocado = YUM! i love your creative ways of baking them too! so clever.


  24. Such a great party food staple for the warmer months ahead!

  25. Hi Cheryl! Love the post on avocados. I represent the Califiornia Avocado Commission and I think there could be some ways we could work together. Shoot me abn email and let’s set up a time to chat!

  26. I found this post though Pinterest. The photo was so beautiful that I
    just had to come here to read the recipe! Love it! And love your site

  27. Cheryl, you blog is looking awesome!! Love all the changes and this salsa too!

  28. Love the tip for ripening avocados, it’s never ripe when you want to use it!

  29. I made these for dinner tonight I made beans, cooked rotel and onions and cilantro! They were delicious!

  30. Just love these, Cheryl. I’m wondering what else I could shove into tortilla cups like that!

  31. I absolutely love the simplicity of this dish! And those colors are just so vibrant.

    Also, thanks for the avocado tips! I am the absolute worst when it comes to picking avocados.

  32. These are great! I can’t wait to make them when the Hubster gets home! I really love the tortilla cups. 🙂

  33. These would be the perfect party appetizer!

  34. These look so fresh and yummy for summer! Love the color! Thanks for sharing.

  35. Looks amazing! Pinning right now!

  36. This looks yum- I just bookmarked it to try! I am like you and really just started exploring Avocado’s… Here is my favorite find – avocado banana ice cream. Sara over at Thrifty Decor Chic posted a recipe and I changed it up a bit… I really can’t believe it’s good, but I am addicted to it!

  37. These are so pretty, Cheryl! I can’t wait to try them…and I want to use those tortilla cups for everything! 😉

  38. What a great recipe. Love the cups. I do them for tacos. It’s just such a fun presentation.

  39. Wow! That looks amazing!!! Thanks for the recipe.

  40. I don’t usually check out recipes at linky parties, but THIS one looks fabulous! Perfect for summer!!
    <3 Christina

  41. Okay that looks so good I am going to make it tomorrow

  42. What a great looking recipe. I love avocados too and I think the idea of making the mini shells is awesome. I found you at a link party and am now subscribing to you via email. I think you could be a big help to my usual dinner issues. I’d love for you to link up to my party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. I think this recipe would be a huge hit at the party too.

  43. Those bean and avocado cups are looking really good!

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  45. These look amazing. I need to make these for my guys!

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