Once you try them, you’ll agree that these really are the best ever Mexican Black Beans. Tomato juice, fresh cilantro, garlic, and taco seasoning make a flavor-packed side dish, taco filling or salsa.
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 family-friendly. This recipe takes less than 15 minutes in just one pot. Plus, it’s plant-based, vegetarian, and packed with health benefits. What could be better?
My toddler loves this recipe so much, I started making it nearly every week. 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.
Ingredients for Mexican Black Beans
What makes this the BEST recipe for black beans? It calls for a little less liquid than other recipes. As a result, the consistency ends up being slightly thicker, less soupy, and better for filling tacos and other tasty Mexican meals.
If you like your 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.
The rest of the ingredients for easy Mexican beans are canned black beans (I prefer low-sodium to control the amount of salt), minced fresh garlic, and taco seasoning.
Mexican Black Beans Recipe
How to make Mexican black beans? This easy from-scratch recipe is three easy steps:
First, heat minced garlic, taco seasoning, and onion powder in a skillet greased with olive oil until fragrant. Keep stirring to avoid burning.
Next, stir in the black beans, tomato juice, and salt to season. Cook the beans for 8 to 10 minutes. Most of the liquid will evaporate, leaving creamy and thick black beans.
Finally, turn off the heat, garnish with fresh cilantro and serve!
Serving Ideas for Black Beans from Scratch
These beans are incredibly versatile. Here are some of my favorite black bean recipes to turn this vegetarian recipe into a meal:
- Serve them with rice for a nutritious and laid-back meal. My Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice is an especially flavorful grain recipe that pairs well with black beans.
- On their own, these beans are a great side for tacos.
- Toss the beans over a bed of lettuce for taco salads.
- Fill burritos, enchiladas, or empanadas with Mexican black beans.
- Fold them into tortillas for my favorite Crispy Black Bean Tacos.
Can I Freeze Cooked Black Beans?
The recipe makes about 3 cups of beans, more than enough for my small family. So I usually reserve half of the the beans in a Ziploc bag or container 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.
If you’re on a black bean kick, you’ll love these other flavorful weeknight meals:
- Five-Ingredient Chicken and Black Bean Taquito bring a bit more protein to these beans, rolled into a crispy kid-friendly taquito.
- 30-minute Chicken Chili features tender chicken and beans in a savory tomato broth ready in under half an hour!
- Black Bean Burgers from Fifteen Spatulas are another favorite vegetarian bean recipe you’ll love.
Best Ever Mexican Black Beans
- 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.
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