Black Beans

5 from 6 votes

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Black Beans are a great addition to any Mexican-inspired meal! Serve them with rice as a side dish or inside of your favorite burritos and tacos.

Round out your favorite main dishes with flavorful side dishes, like these black beans. Whether you are looking for a salad or potatoes or bread, we have you covered!

Black beans in a bowl topped with cilantro

Black Beans

These Black Beans are a savory side dish that pairs perfectly with so many meals! I love how quickly they come together, and you probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry right now. The reduced tomato juice and spices make the perfect sauce to keep everything together. If you want to add a little bit of spice, feel free to add some chopped jalapeno or diced green chiles in with the garlic at the beginning.

Step by Step Instructions

You will love how simple this recipe is. It is almost foolproof, but I can walk you through the steps just in case!

  • Start by heating the olive oil in a large, non-stick pan over medium heat.
  • Then, add the garlic and cumin. Don’t skip this step! It adds so much flavor when you cook the spices by themselves before adding the beans.
  • Once the garlic is soft and fragrant, rinse and drain the beans and add them to the skillet. Then add the tomato juice and salt.
  • Stir the mixture together and continue cooking over medium heat. You’ll know the dish is done when the beans are heated through and some of the liquid has cooked out making the sauce a little thicker.
  • Serve alongside rice or inside of your favorite taco, burrito, enchilada and more!

What to Serve with Black Beans

Black beans are typically served, alongside rice (our favorites are Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice or Cilantro Lime Rice), as a side dish for Mexican-inspired meals. Check out some of our favorites!

Mexican side dish

Cafe Rio Inspired Recipe

This recipe originally came from our collection of Cafe Rio inspired dishes. Cafe Rio is a beloved Tex-Mex chain that serves burritos, tacos, salads, and more! We were obsessed but some of us didn’t have a location near our house. We started trying to recreate Cafe Rio recipes at home. Not to toot our own horn, but we totally nailed them! Those recipes helped us get on the map as recipe bloggers and they are some of our post popular posts to this day! Check out the collection here: Cafe Rio Copycat Recipes โ€“ All the Best in One Place.

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Black beans in a bowl topped with cilantro

Black Beans

5 from 6 votes
Black Beans are a great addition to any Mexican-inspired meal! Serve them with rice as a side dish or inside of your favorite burritos and tacos.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican/Spanish
Servings 4



  • Heat oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add garlic and cumin and cook for a few minutes, until the garlic is fragrant.
    Garlic and spices in oil cooking in a pan
  • Add beans, tomato juice, and salt. Cook until heated through and some of the liquid is evaporated, stirring frequently.
    Black beans and spices in tomato juice cooking in a pot
  • Just before serving, stir in the cilantro.
    Black beans in sauce with cilantro cooking in a pan

Nutrition Information

Calories: 211kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 10gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 301mgPotassium: 554mgFiber: 9gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 390IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 3mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is really easy to follow, loved this black beans recipe! It’s really tasty and very flavorful! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

  2. 5 stars
    This is so easy to make! Thanks a bunch for this black beans recipe! Will surely make this again! Well done!

  3. 5 stars
    You totally nailed this! I have been trying to make delicious black beans for a long time! This was the best recipe I Have tried.

  4. 5 stars
    I loved this classic recipe. Where has it been?? I’ve grown tired of opening can after can of mushy black beans. These were so flavorful and had a perfect texture. So glad to have this recipe in my back pocket (figuratively lol) to be able to have perfect black beans every time! Thanks!!