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This black beans recipe is ready in just 15 minutes! With a can of black beans, onion, and garlic from your pantry, plus some chopped fresh cilantro, this quick and easy side dish is a no-brainer when you're short on time. Pairs well with any Mexican or Cuban meal.

Recipe Summary

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Ready to make the best black beans of your life? You've come to the right place. This easy recipe, which starts with canned black beans, will become a staple side dish in your recipe repertoire. 

Black Beans Ingredients

Believe it or not, you only need five ingredients to make these top-rated black beans: 

· Black beans: This easy recipe starts with a 16-ounce can of black beans. 
· Onion and garlic: The canned black beans are cooked with a chopped onion and minced garlic for extra flavor.
· Seasonings: You'll need salt and cayenne pepper. 
· Cilantro: Finish the black beans with fresh cilantro for a burst of color and flavor. 

Best Black Beans up close in a white bowl with cilantro
Credit: lutzflcat

How to Make Black Beans

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make these top-rated black beans: 

Combine the beans, onion, and garlic in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, add the remaining ingredients, and simmer for about 5 minutes before serving. 

How to Season Black Beans

These black beans are simply seasoned with garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper for a hint of heat. Of course, it's incredibly easy to customize this basic recipe by incorporating your favorite flavorful ingredients. Try adding: 

· Jalapeño
· Cumin
· Paprika
· Lime juice
· Chili powder
· Bay leaves

Best Black Beans in a white bowl with onions and garnish
Credit: lutzflcat

What to Serve With Black Beans

When it comes to serving these black beans, the sky's the limit! Looking for some delicious inspiration? Check out these mouthwatering recipe collections: 

How to Store Black Beans

Store your leftover cooked black beans in a shallow, airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave. 

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"These ARE the best," raves Jennifer Bishop Hamm. "I make these all the time now. FYI: Leftovers actually freeze pretty well too, so I keep some on hand to sneak into my son's quesadillas."

"Delicious," according to JLW. "I made this recipe as a side with the Jerky Chicken recipe found on this site. It was great. I sautéed the onions and garlic in a tiny bit of olive oil before adding the black beans. I also added the cayenne and a bit of lime juice at the same time as the beans."

"Easy and so, so flavorful," says lisamarie78. "I really liked the flavor of this dish … will be the only way I make black beans as a side dish from now on!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine beans, onion, and garlic in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in cilantro, cayenne, and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

112 calories; protein 7.1g; carbohydrates 20.8g; fat 0.4g; sodium 510.1mg. Full Nutrition