The Best Black Beans

Can we talk about black beans for a moment? We all need a good black bean recipe up our sleeve and this right here is The Best Black Beans recipe you’ve ever tasted!

… well, not literally “up your sleeve,” that would be kind of messy and gross. 

The Best Black Beans Recipe

They’re simple to make… hello can o’ black beans! 

They taste phenomenal with just a touch of spice and garlic. The best part is that they’re ready to enjoy in just about 10 minutes!

The Best Black Beans Recipe

Your Mexican entree is now complete thanks to this awesome side dish.

You obviously don’t have to drown them in chopped cilantro like I did, but you certainly can if you want. I’m not here to stand in your way. Cilantro is my friend. It’s also one of those ingredients that I am constantly thinking I am out of when I am at the grocery store. Yesterday I looked in my fridge and found 3 bunches of cilantro… hmm… 

Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this!!(??)

The Best Black Beans Recipe

Definitely give this simple and easy recipe a try for your next Taco Tuesday or pair it with some of my favorite Mexican dishes. You’re going to love it!

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The Best Black Beans

The Best Black Beans is a recipe that adds a better flavor to your regular black beans side dish!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 9 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 1 (15oz) can black beans
  • 1 (4oz) can diced green chiles
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 tbsp chopped cilantro


  1. Combine the black beans (do not drain them), green chiles, onion, garlic powder and cayenne pepper in a small pot over medium heat. Stir and bring to a gentle boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your preference. Just before serving stir in the chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

Keywords: black beans, green chiles, cilantro

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
18 Responses
  1. Hi. I’m a Sicilian Grandmom who left my country to go to Baylor Medical School in Houston. I’ve found over the last 30 years that my husband and I are addicted to Mexican food. I made the easy beef enchiladas your Mexican rice and the refried beans. The entire meal was AWESOME. We now have it weekly. Every recipe I’ve tried is delicious. Thank you. Many blessings, Robin and Will Love.

  2. Gordon Samp

    Hi Shawn,
    I’m 58 years old and have been comfortable in the kitchen since I was a young boy with my mother as my mentor (little did I know at the time; in fact I have her Betty Crocker Cookbook from 1942!). I’ve been searching sources of ideas from the internet and your postings are very interesting, simple & tasty! thank you.

  3. Shicka

    I love black beans but every time I tried to make them at home they never tasted as good as the restaurant’s version until I made these. They were SOOO good and full of wonderful flavor. I love it that the recipe includes using canned black beans because soaking beans and cooking them takes way too long for this girl. Thanks for the wonderful recipe, this will definitely be a staple in my household.

  4. Leanne

    Is it possible to make this recipe but drain the beans, or does it change it a lot? Something about not draining them kinda grosses me out..

    1. You could drain them, but it will change the consistency of the finished product. You could add some lard or bacon fat in there to give it more of that creamy consistency.

  5. Whoa! I went a bit heavy on the cayenne pepper, but man, this sure was a good and easy recipe for black beans! And best of all is it’s vegan, so when one of my vegan friends show up I’ll be able to whip up something good and healthy with simple staple items.
    Too bad I rarely have fresh cilantro at home, though, as that’s what really took it from good to great in my opinion. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Daniela

    Have you ever heard about Feijoada?
    Is a brazilian dish, consists of a black beans stew with pork meat like sausage and ribs.
    Its super tasty!

  7. I didn’t even know I needed a good black bean recipe but after seeing this post I’m certain its what’s been missing from my life. We eat a ton of black beans at our house, but I’ve just been using the right out of the can. Seriously, these look delicious and if it really only takes 7 minutes how can I not try it. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Becci

        Delicious and super easy to make! Love this recipe. Goes perfect with tacos or on them or with any Mexican dish. Made everything exactly how the recipe asked.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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