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Simple Black Beans

We love Mexican food in our house. It’s usually quick and easy to put together so it’s a regular go to. These Simple Black Beans are full of flavor and easy to make. Perfect served with rice, tacos, or as a side to any other Mexican dish!

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How to make Simple Black Beans

To make this recipe you are going to start out by heating some olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add your chopped onion, pepper, and garlic. Cook until onions and peppers are softened.

Next, stir in your beans (not drained), salt, pepper and cumin. Let simmer until thoroughly warmed and sauce begins to thicken. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve.

Are Black Beans Healthy?

Yes! Black beans are part of the legume family and they are loaded with protein and fiber. Black beans have been found to help strengthen bones, lower blood pressure, manage diabetes, improve digestion and more. They also contain an abundance of vitamins and nutrients.

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simple black beans in a white bowl

Simple Black Beans

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Simple Black Beans are full of flavor and easy to make. Perfect to serve with rice or over tacos.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cans of black beans, undrained
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried cilantro or 2 tbsp fresh


  1. Heat oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Add chopped onion, pepper, and garlic. Cook until softened approximately 5-8 minutes.
  3. Add black beans, salt, pepper, and cumin. Cook until sauce thickens and is fragrant approximately 10 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle chopped cilantro on top.
  5. Serve over rice, with tacos, or any way you like!


Perfect over rice or with tacos!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 587mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 6gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g

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This post was originally published November 28, 2018 and was updated on September 22, 2021.

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