Spiced Black Beans Recipe

This healthy black bean recipe makes a spicy side dish, or part of a delicious main course when combined with green rice and cumin spiced sweet potatoes.

January/February 2017

  • Black Beans

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  • Black Beans

Total Hands-On Time: 30 min

The quick prep time alone is reason enough for these dressed-up canned beans to become a new household favorite. If you like milder flavors, feel free to leave out the jalapeño. 


• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
• 1 yellow onion, finely diced 
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped 
• Five 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed (or 6-1⁄2 cups cooked dry beans)
• 1-1⁄2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
• 2 teaspoons ground cumin
• 1-1⁄2 teaspoons smoked paprika
• 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
• Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. In a large pot over medium heat, warm olive oil until shimmering. Add onion and cook until fragrant and translucent, about 5 minutes. 
2. Add garlic and jalapeño, and cook an additional 2 minutes. 
3. Stir in drained beans, 1-1⁄4 cups water, cayenne, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Bring to a low simmer. 4. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until most liquid has absorbed and beans have become slightly creamy. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Let cool and refrigerate in an airtight container. Makes 6-1⁄2 cups.

Read More:

• Green Rice and Black Bean Bowls Recipe
• Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas Recipe
Black Bean Burgers Recipe

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