20 Best Black Bean Recipes

Got beans and not sure what to do with them? Here are all the best black bean recipes for turning this healthy protein into a filling meal!

Black beans and rice

Looking for meals to make with black beans? We’ve got you! Black beans are a nutritious source of plant-based protein, and they’re seriously versatile. You can use them in anything from salads to bean burgers, from enchiladas to salsa to chili. Stock up your pantry with a few cans of black beans, and you’ll be eating for days!

Here’s a list of our top black bean recipes! These are our best tried and true favorites that have gone over well with family and friends. And if you’re in need of more inspiration, we’ve got 45 Bean Recipes to choose from: starring beans of all kinds.

And now…our best black bean recipes!

How to cook dried black beans

Is it better to use canned beans or dried beans? Can you use both in all of the recipes above. But the advantage to cooking dried beans at home is that they have a little firmer texture and enhanced flavor. We often use canned beans in our recipes since they’re so quick and easy. (Many brands that offer BPA free cans or cardboard cartons.)

The best way we’ve found to cook dried beans is in an Instant Pot! It cooks so fast: it only takes 1 hour. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can use our Dutch oven method: it’s also easy and faster than the traditional method.

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Black beans and rice

Easy Black Beans & Rice


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 1x

Description

Looking for black bean recipes? This easy black beans and rice is a classic Latin-style side dish, perfect with tacos or as a lunch idea.


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Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked (1 cup dry) white long grain rice
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans or 3 cupcooked black beans
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter (substitute olive oil for vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoonkosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (juice of 1 lime)
  • Fresh cilantro, for a garnish

Instructions

  1. Start the rice: use How to Cook Basmati Rice or Instant Pot White Rice.
  2. Mince the onionChop the pepper into a small dice. Mince the garlic.
  3. If using canned beans, use a strainer to drain the black beans over a glass measuring cup, reserving the can liquid (no need to rinse).
  4. In a large skillet, heat the butter and olive oil over medium high heat. Once melted, add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions are translucent and lightly browned. Add the beans, cumin, oregano, and kosher salt and stir to combine. Cook for 3 minutes until warmed and fragrant, then stir in rice for 1 minute until heated through.
  5. Remove from the heat and add the lime juice. Serve garnished with fresh cilantro.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Latin

Keywords: Black Beans Recipe, Black Beans and Rice

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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