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Best black beans recipe

Best black beans recipe

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This simple black bean side dish works well with Mexican or Latin American meals. Black turtle beans have loads of fibre and are packed with nutrients.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 1 (400g) tin black beans
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:5min ›Ready in:15min

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine beans, onion and garlic, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Season with coriander, cayenne, and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes, and serve.


If you can't find tinned black beans, use dried. You can also try tinned borlotti beans, or even kidney beans.

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the chicken fajitas were amazingly full flavor, will be making this again-19 Apr 2015

by Chris Diaz

Easy and tasty! I always pour canned beans in a sieve or colander and rinse well under running water; this step does away with the "gas problem" a lot of people experience after eating beans. Works like a charm! I then use a can of beef or chicken broth to replace the liquid. Also, I fry the onions until soft and almost browned, add the garlic and saute for just 15 - 20 seconds more, then add the broth and simmer until ready to serve, at which time you would add the cilantro. This was a method that a Cuban neighbor taught me for an even tastier dish.-04 Jun 2008


This was so good. I let the beans simmer on very low heat for about 15 minutes so that all the flavors would blend together well. I think 5 minutes is not enough, IMHO. The only variation I made to the recipe was adding some fresh ground black pepper along with the salt. I used this dish to create the best bean burritos I’ve ever tasted - 1/4 cup "best black beans" + 1/4 cup shredded cheese + 2 Tbs. fresh salsa wrapped up in a flour tortilla, then heated in a skillet (or microwave if you just can’t wait). I then topped it off with some green onions and sour cream. Mmmm. Perfect for vegetarians, too.-15 Apr 2005

Refried Black Beans

Super Easy Refried Black Beans. Homemade refried beans are a lot easier to make than you think and taste so much better than the canned version! Ready in less than 25 minutes!

Looking for more Easy Mexican Side Dishes? Try my Authentic Spanish Rice or Creamy Confetti Corn!

Homemade refried black beans are a lot easier to make than you think. These are so much better than refried black beans from a can! The canned version can be loaded with extra ingredients to preserve the beans and typically leave an after taste. Making your own refried beans at home is super easy! All you need for this recipe is 10 ingredients and only 25 minutes!

When you think of refried beans you don’t always think about black beans. Refried beans are typically made with pinto beans. I decided to try the same technique but with black beans instead. I personally prefer the taste of black beans over pinto beans. We also decided to leave some of the beans whole to create a chunkier texture. If you like your beans smoother mash them all with the back of your spoon or a potato masher.

To spruce up my Refried Black Beans I added some sautéed onion, garlic and lots of Mexican spices. You could even add some heat with diced jalapeños!

I love to top my homemade refried black beans with fresh chopped onions, sour cream or even queso fresco. The possibilities are endless! Use this homemade method anytime your recipe calls for refried beans!

These Black Bean Burgers Are:

  • easy
  • healthy
  • hearty
  • satisfying
  • big + thick
  • compact
  • garlicky
  • juicy
  • spicy

I feel the need to shout that these black bean burgers are not mushy, one of the common problems with homemade black bean burgers. On the other hand, these black bean burgers are not crumbly either. They hold their shape beautifully!

Mexican Black Beans Recipe

These Mexican Black Beans are the perfect side dish for tacos, enchiladas, or any southwest inspired meal! They come together quickly and easily, and you will love how flavorful and delicious they are!

I don&rsquot know about you, but when it comes to making dinner, I tend to slack a little on making side dishes.

I mean, when you put so much time and effort into making the main dish, sides sometimes just go by the wayside!

That&rsquos why we typically just eat a salad, steamed frozen veggies, or cut up fruit at my house because I tend to run out of time to make a side dish.

A lot of times when I make tacos or enchiladas, we like to eat chips and guacamole or salsa along with it.

BUT, have you ever been in the predicament where you eat so much of the chips and salsa (especially when you&rsquore out at your favorite Mexican restaurant) that you&rsquore already stuffed when it&rsquos time for the main meal?!

This happens to me basically every time. Ha!

And as much as I LOOOOOOVE chips and salsa, it&rsquos not exactly the healthiest thing to eat. At least when you&rsquore stuffing your face with as much of it as I like to!

Because of this, I&rsquove got a super easy, delicious, healthy, and heck even gluten-free side dish for you to enjoy with all of your favorite Mexican or southwest dinners Mexican Black Beans!

My favorite thing about these Mexican Black Beans is how simple they are to make. I usually put these on to cook first while I either make or finish up whatever we are having for dinner.

I like to let them cook for about 15-20 minutes, but you can totally let them simmer longer than that if you are busy with the main dish. It&rsquos just more time for them to soak up the flavor from the onions, garlic, spices, and cilantro!

I love to make these to go with Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos or Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas, but they are seriously so good with just about anything! You&rsquove gotta try them!

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Favorite Black Bean Recipes

  • I love black beans in chili! For a fast and easy chili recipe, check out Simple Instant Pot Vegan Black Bean Chili. One of my favorite black bean recipes is this Caribbean-inspired chili with black bean and mango. Trust me – so good! Black beans pair especially well with pumpkin – I love this Slow Cooker Black Bean Pumpkin Chili.
  • This Southwest Mac & Cheese ups the protein quotient with black beans. I love this one!
  • Black bean soup is so hearty! For a spicy variation that adds in some white beans too, try Jalapeño Black Bean & White Bean Soup. And for a fall/winter spin, how about this Roasted Butternut Squash Black Bean Soup?

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Mexican Black Beans Recipe

How to make Mexican black beans? This easy from-scratch recipe is three easy steps:

First, heat minced garlic, taco seasoning, and onion powder in a skillet greased with olive oil until fragrant. Keep stirring to avoid burning.

Next, stir in the black beans, tomato juice, and salt to season. Cook the beans for 8 to 10 minutes. Most of the liquid will evaporate, leaving creamy and thick black beans.

Finally, turn off the heat, garnish with fresh cilantro and serve!

25 Delicious Black Bean Recipes for Fast and Flavorful Comfort Food

From healthy tacos to hearty soups, there's so much the mighty black bean can do.

There&rsquos a world of healthy, easy black bean recipes waiting in each 15 oz. can on the shelf (even the ones that have been in your pantry for months). Opening a can of black beans is like releasing a recipe genie from its bottle &mdash it will grant you spicy, colorful, Mexican-inspired black bean recipes, hearty, can&rsquot-believe-it&rsquos-vegan recipes, and variations on soup that you never could have imagined. Plus, you get wayyy more than three wishes.

If you have a can of black beans in your pantry, dinner (and breakfast . and lunch) is not far away. There&rsquos even a little something for dessert.

What do you eat black beans with?

If you&rsquore just not sure how to eat black beans, try adding them to meals you already love. Wraps, salads, and tacos of any kind can benefit from the smooth, creamy texture and mild taste of a black bean. If you&rsquore a vegetarian, it&rsquos a great source of plant-based protein. From black beans and rice (or riced cauliflower!) to the best bean chili, we&rsquove got ideas for delicious, inexpensive, complete meals.

Are black beans really good for you?

Short answer? Yes &mdash black beans are really good for you. More than just a great source of protein (one cup contains 15 grams!), black beans are loaded with fiber, magnesium, and potassium. The fiber-packed legume helps you stay fuller for longer, plus, black beans provide both soluble and insoluble fiber &mdash which can help decrease LDL cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease. The magnesium in black beans is key for bone health, while the potassium can help improve your blood pressure numbers.

There are plenty of reasons to make black beans your new pantry staple &mdash and delicious weeknight dinner star.

Slow-Cooker Black Beans Recipe

Soaking dried beans can make them mushy and bland. Instead, slow-cook them in broth kicked up with smoky bacon and sautéed aromatics, including onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Switch up your weeknight dinner with this protein-packed black bean recipe that can be used to add a punch of filling flavor to countless dishes. Although we love our roasted chicken and pork chops, it&rsquos nice to step outside the box with veggie-heavy meals that don&rsquot sacrifice any taste or heartiness. We use these slow-cooked black beans for three of our favorite new recipes we&rsquore cooking up all season. You can whip up tasty Black Bean Burgers with a tangy Comeback Sauce, or you can go exotic with Black Bean Tostados with a fresh Mango-Avocado Salsa. When in doubt, take the Cajun route with a Shrimp, Sausage, and Black Bean Pasta that far surpasses your usual weeknight pasta dish. No matter if it&rsquos a sandwich, bowl, or salad, any meal you make with these black beans will ooze flavor. Bacon, garlic, jalapenos, brown sugar, cumin, and oregano combine for the most dynamic mixture that the black beans will cook in for a good six hours in the slow cooker. We aren&rsquot going to lie&mdashthese are so delicious from the start that we can spoon it right out of the crockpot! No extra recipes required. Note: You can skip the bacon if you desire a fully vegetarian dish.

What Are Black Beans?

Black beans are tasty little morsels that belong to the legumes family. They’re also known as turtle beans because they have a tough and shell-like exterior. Black beans are plant seeds suitable for human consumption, which is great because they’re super rich in nutrients, including protein, fibers and oodles of vitamins.

Generally speaking, you can purchase dried beans or canned beans online from your local grocery store. While some culinary enthusiasts prefer dried beans, you must soak them for an extended period of time before they can be cooked.

Let’s be honest, most of us don’t have the time or patience (not to mention the kitchen skills) to cook dried beans, and that’s why the canned black beans are the perfect alternative.

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