These Mexican Black Beans are a flavorful side dish to pair with your favorite tacos or burritos. Using canned beans, you can have this dish ready in just a few minutes.

black beans in a bowl

These Mexican Black Beans are a great way to spice up a simple can of beans and they’re a delicious side dish to serve with your favorite Mexican meal. I love pairing these black beans with Mexican rice! Even our 9-year-old foster kiddo (who normally hates beans) enjoys these black beans!

Note: While these black beans remind me of the side dish I get at my favorite local Mexican restaurant, I wouldn’t call these authentic Mexican black beans, as I’m not an expert in Mexican cuisine and I’m sure they’re traditionally made with dried beans. I know there are lots of different ways to make black beans, but this one is my personal favorite because it’s quick, easy, and delicious.

How to Make Mexican Style Black Beans

Start by sautéing onion in a bit of olive oil until the onion has softened. Add minced garlic, cumin, and a bay leaf and stir for 1 minute.

onion and garlic in a skillet

Add two cans of black beans, including the liquid.

black beans cooking in a skillet

Simmer for 5-10 minutes until thickened, then use a slotted spoon to remove the beans when ready to serve.

black beans in a bowl

What to Serve with Mexican Black Beans

Here are a few of my favorite main dishes to serve with these beans:

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mexican black beans

Mexican Black Beans

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These Mexican Black Beans are a flavorful side dish to pair with your favorite tacos or burritos. Using canned beans, you can have this dish ready in just a few minutes.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 (15oz) cans black beans (do not drain)
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the onion and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion has softened.
  3. Add the garlic, cumin, and bay leaf and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the black beans, including the liquid, to the pan and cook for 5-10 minutes until slightly thickened.
  5. Strain with a slotted spoon before serving.

How to Use Leftover Black Beans

If you have leftover black beans, there are plenty of ways to use them! Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Vegetarian Tostadas

vegetarian tostadas

Chipotle Black Bean Burger

black bean burger

Mexican Lasagna

mexican lasagna