Black bean and harissa barbecued corn tortillas

Give your vegie tacos a spicy twist.

  • 35 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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The distinctive flavour of harissa adds a spicy kick to these barbecued corn and black bean tacos that's guaranteed to impress. Your new vegie fave .
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  • ¼ cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons harissa paste
  • 2 corn cobs (800g), husks and silks removed
  • 6 x 15cm wholegrain tortillas
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 400 grams can black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated lime rind
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 medium pomegranate (320g), seeds removed (see tips)
  • ¾ cup (200g) Greek-style yoghurt
  • 1 fresh jalapeño chilli, sliced
  • coriander sprigs and lime cheeks, to serve


  • 1
    Combine half the oil and half the harissa in a small bowl; season to taste. Brush corn with harissa mixture.
  • 2
    Cook corn on a heated grill plate (or grill or barbecue) over high heat, turning, for 15 minutes or until grill marks appear. Carefully cut kernels from cob, in sections if possible, using a sharp knife. Transfer kernels to a large bowl; cover to keep warm. Cook tortillas on grill plate for 30 seconds on each side or until light grill marks appear. Cover to keep warm.
  • 3
    Heat remaining oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and beans; cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or until heated through. Add to corn in bowl.Stir in coriander, lime rind and juice; season to taste.
  • 4
    Fold remaining harissa through yoghurt in a small bowl; season to taste.
  • 5
    Divide corn mixture and pomegranate seeds among tortillas; fold in half. Top with sliced jalapeño and coriander. Serve tortillas with harissa yoghurt and lime cheeks.


After chargrilling tortillas, immediately rest them in a U-shape as they cool, this will prevent them cracking when you fold them to serve. To remove pomegranate seeds (arils), cut a whole pomegranate in half crossways; hold it, cut-side down, in the palm of your hand over a large bowl, then hit the outside firmly with a wooden spoon. The seeds should fall out easily; discard any white pith that falls out with them.

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