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Quick and Easy Black Beans Recipe

This black bean recipe is fast, simple, yet has SO much flavor! Seriously, the label “side dish” doesn’t do it justice.

This recipe also pairs well with this Mexican Rice!

Quick and Easy Black Beans Recipe

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Recipe by Maddie Saxey


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  • 3 cans (15 oz) black beans drained, not rinsed*

  • 2 Tbsp butter

  • 1/2 large yellow onion (3/4 c), diced

  • 1-2 jalapeños (1/4 c), seeded and diced

  • 2 tsp minced garlic

  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 can tomato juice (5.5 oz)

  • cilantro for garnish


  • Melt butter in nonstick pan over medium heat. Add diced jalapeño and onion to pan and cook until onion is translucent, stirring occasionally (about 3-4 minutes).
  • Add garlic, cumin, and salt and continue stirring for about 1 minute, or until aromatic. Add beans and tomato juice, then stir together. Once well combined, place lid on and allow to cook on medium heat for about 6-7 minutes.
  • Turn heat to low, remove lid and let it simmer for about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will allow excess liquid to cook out.
  • Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!


  • *Drain the excess liquid from the can, but it isn’t necessary to get rid of all of it/rinse the beans off–the excess liquid is salty so leaving some in the recipe may add some flavor, but all of it is too much.

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