Recipes Using Black Beans

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Black beans have their own distinctive flavor and are a tasty addition to, or substitution in, many recipes. This page contains recipes using black beans.


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I'm not always fond of beans unless they are either green or baked, but I have also learned now to really love black beans! This recipe is so good and black beans are very healthy as well.


  • 2 (16 oz.) cans black beans, drained
  • 1 (14 oz.) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 pkg. frozen corn
  • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies
  • 2 Tbsp. barbecue sauce
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups cooked rice


Combine beans, tomatoes, corn, green chilies, barbecue sauce, cumin, salt, and pepper in saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over hot cooked rice.

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

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May 22, 2008

This recipe gets it's authentic taste from the freshly cooked flour tortillas, and refried black beans. Once you taste this, you'll never want to go back to a taco drive-thru.



  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 4 green onions, chopped (divide white parts from green)
  • 1 tsp. garlic, chopped
  • 1 can sliced olives, drained
  • 1 large can refried beans (any style)
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup corn oil
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 8 oz shredded cheese (of choice, I use the Mexican blend)
  • 10-12 soft taco-sized flour tortillas
  • Corn oil, enough to fry tortillas
  • Guacamole or diced avocados
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa, of choice


Prepare the fresh veggies and set aside. In a dry, 2-qt non-stick saucepan over medium heat, toast the chili powder and cumin for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently, until your can smell the fresh-toasted aroma. Add 1/4 cup corn oil and allow to preheat.

When preheated, add the white portions of the green onion and the chopped garlic. Stirring frequently, cook until translucent. Add refried beans and mix well, until beans have thinned. Add rinsed black beans and stir to incorporate. Turn heat to low, and allow to continue heating.

In a large skillet, add enough corn oil to completely immerse tortillas (about 1/2 to 3/4 inch). Turn heat to med-high and preheat oil. When heated, fry one tortilla at a time turning over once. You will know tortillas are ready to turn, when they begin to form air pockets and turn a golden-brown color on the underside. This happens quickly. Cook time is about 30-45 seconds on each side.

Turn over and with a spatula, press the tortilla flat, forcing the air pockets out, and continuing to fry the other side until golden-brown. Remove from skillet and allow to drain on paper towels or a platter.


To Prepare Tostadas

On a fried tortilla, layer refried beans, sprinkle with cheese, lettuce, tomato, olives, green onions, and top with guacamole or avocado, sour cream, and/or salsa.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Feeds 4 hungry people

By Wallace from Little Rock, AR

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Sweet whole kernel corn with chili powder, black beans and Mexican style stewed tomatoes.

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 15.25 ounce can sweet whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 15 ounce can of black beans, drained
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can Mexican style stewed tomatoes, undrained


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated.
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May 9, 2008

Two recipes for Black Bean Burgers

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Rinse beans and drain. Place in large saucepan. Add chicken broth and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat.

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In a 12 inch skillet, over medium heat, place fish in chicken broth along with cumin, coriander, chili powder, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper then bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover, and let rest 5 minutes.

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July 3, 2019

Americans enjoy this sticky rice with black beans, mung beans and coconut cream as a dessert. In Vietnam it is served for breakfast.

sticky rice and beans in bowl with coconut cream and chopped nuts

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May 15, 2019

These delicous black beans are served with taco fixings, like tomatoes, sour cream and cheese. Scoop them up with tortilla chips as a hearty appetizer or light dinner.

Delicious Black Beans

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May 15, 2019

This simple black bean recipe includes queso fresco for traditional Mexican flavor. Since it uses dried beans, plan for cooking or soaking time, or just substitute canned for a quicker option.

Mexican Black Beans

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April 13, 2018

There are several ways to prepare this bean and rice dish. The variation of seasonings takes them for simple to a more Caribbean cuisine. Either way they are nutritious and good for you.


Substitute brown for the white rice and you move another bump up the healthy scale. This is a page containing black beans and rice recipes.

Black Beans and Rice in a white bowl

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