I know food bloggers are prone to hyperbole, but I really think these are the best ever Mexican Black Beans. I’m aware that it’s crazy to get excited about black beans, but that’s how much I really love this recipe. It’s super versatile and my family absolutely loves it. The recipe can be made in under 15 minutes and all you need is…
Honestly, I make these black beans so often that I don’t really use a recipe, I just make them from memory. Writing the recipe down reminded me how quick and easy it really is. One thing you’ll notice about this recipe is that it calls for a little less liquid than most Mexican black bean recipes and that means the consistency ends up being slightly different. There’s a little less liquid in the final product and it’s less (for lack of a better word) soupy. If you like you’r black beans served in a little more liquid, feel free to add more tomato juice. I think it is the tomato juice that is the real magic ingredient in this recipe. Most Mexican black bean recipes call for chicken or vegetable stock, but the tomato juice adds so much more flavor.
It was actually my toddler’s love of this recipe that led to it being made so often in our house. Not too long after his first birthday I made these for the first time. He ate them by the handful, and ended up covered in beans from head to toe. He started asking for beans every night for dinner and eventually I had to make a rule that we would only eat these once a week. He just turned two and still loves these just as much as the first time he ate them.
One of the the other reasons I make this recipe so often is that it can be used in so many different ways. I often serve these as a side with rice, but I also use them to top tacos and salads, in burritos or enchiladas, or (my favorite) as empanada filling. The recipe makes about 3 cups of beans, more than enough for my small family, so I generally reserve 1/2 of the the beans in a Ziploc bag and freeze them for later. Once I’m ready to use them, I thaw them on the counter for a few hours then heat them in the microwave or over the stove.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 15.5 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 5.5 fluid ounces (about 2/3 cup) tomato juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
- In a non-stick skillet, over medium heat, heat olive oil, garlic, taco seasoning, and onion powder for 2-3 minutes.
- Add black beans, tomato juice, and salt and stir until combined.
- Let beans cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
- Remove from heat, stir in cilantro, and serve immediately.
- Total Cost: $3.57 Cost Per Serving: $.59