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Mexican Black Beans Recipe

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Today, we’re diving into the heart of this flavor-packed world with a staple that’s versatile, nutritious, and downright delicious – a Mexican Black Beans Recipe!

Welcome to the world of Mexican cuisine, where vibrant flavors meet hearty comfort!


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Made from simple ingredients, this recipe transforms humble black beans into a rich, savory dish that you’ll want to serve with all your favorite Mexican entrees.

It’s incredibly flavorful, boasting a variety of spices and fresh herbs that lend a real depth of flavor.

Use this recipe for Mexican black beans as a side dish, an ingredient in burrito bowls, or as a topping on your favorite tacos.

It’s nutritious, packed with plant-based protein and fiber from the black beans.

It’s easy to make with simple ingredients that you may already have in your pantry.

Mexican style black beans are perfectly suited for meal prep. Make a big batch and enjoy throughout the week.


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What Are Mexican Black Beans?

Mexican black beans, known as “frijoles negros” in Spanish, are a staple in Mexican cuisine. 

They are typically cooked with a variety of flavorful ingredients, such as onions, garlic, and spices, then simmered until tender and delicious.

The result is a versatile dish that can be used in many different ways – as a side dish, as a filling in burritos and tacos, or even as a main meal with a side of white rice.

We’re big fans of serving this side dish with Pulled Pork Enchiladas to make it a complete meal. 


onions, garlic and jalapenos in a skillet being sautéed.


What Ingredients Are in Mexican Black Beans?

The following ingredients are the heart of this scrumptious black bean recipe:

  • Black beans: These are the star of the show. You can use canned black beans for convenience, but dried black beans can also be used for an even more authentic flavor.
  • Vegetable oil or bacon grease: This is used to sauté the onions, garlic, and jalapenos. Bacon grease will give an extra layer of flavor.
  • White onion, garlic, and jalapenos: These add a nice bit of heat and flavor to the beans.
  • Green chiles: These give the dish a characteristic Mexican flavor.
  • Spices: Ground cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper add depth and warmth to the beans.
  • Fresh cilantro: This adds a fresh, herby flavor.
  • Fresh lime juice: Adds a bright, tangy note to balance the rich beans.
  • Cotija cheese: This is used for garnish and adds a lovely, salty finish.


black beans, green chiles, cumin, chili powder and cayenne added to onion mixture.


How to Make Mexican Black Beans?

Creating this delicious side dish is straightforward and requires only a few steps.

Here’s how to make this easy recipe:

  1. Begin by sautéing the onions, garlic, and jalapenos, then add the black beans, green chiles, and spices.
  2. Remove the mixture from heat and stir in the fresh cilantro and lime juice.
  3. Season the beans to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with cotija cheese and additional cilantro.

Pro tips:

  • If you’re using canned beans, don’t rinse them. The liquid in the can, known as aquafaba, is full of flavor and helps to make a thicker, more flavorful sauce.
  • If you’re using dried beans, be sure to soak them in cold water overnight before cooking.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of heat to your liking. If you like your beans spicy, add extra jalapenos or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
  • For a more robust flavor, try adding a bay leaf or a splash of tomato juice during the cooking process.


Cilantro and lime juice added to black bean mixture.


Are Black Beans Healthy?

Absolutely! Black beans are a great source of plant-based protein and are high in fiber. 

They’re also a good source of various vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B, iron, and magnesium.

Incorporating black beans into your diet can support heart health and promote a healthy digestive system. 

Plus, they’re low in fat and can be part of a balanced diet.


black beans in skillet with fresh cotjia cheese and cilantro on top.


How to Serve Mexican Black Beans?

These flavorful beans are incredibly versatile. 

You can serve them as a side dish with your favorite Mexican entrée like Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas or tamales. 

They also make a delicious filling for tacos, burritos, or quesadillas. 

Or, serve them over white rice for a simple, hearty main dish.

 For an extra touch, add a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of queso fresco on top.


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What to Serve with Mexican Black Beans?

This black bean side dish pairs well with a variety of dishes.

For a complete Mexican-inspired meal, serve them with Cilantro Lime Black Bean Rice, enchiladas, tamales, or tacos.

They also pair nicely with grilled meats or fish. 

Or, make a Mexican salad like this Southwest Corn Salad.

Don’t forget to pair with some tortilla chips on the side!


wooden spoon scooping a portion of black beans out of the skillet


How to Store Mexican Black Beans?

Storing your Mexican Black Beans is easy. 

Simply place any leftovers in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. 

They will stay fresh for up to five days.

Pro tip: The flavors actually deepen over time, so they might taste even better the next day!



Can You Freeze Mexican Black Beans?

Yes, Mexican Black Beans freeze beautifully. 

Place the cooled beans in a freezer-safe container, leaving a little space for expansion, and freeze. 

They can be frozen for up to three months. 

When you’re ready to eat, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat on the stove top or in the microwave.

With this recipe, you have the perfect side dish or hearty main, suitable for busy weeknights or a leisurely weekend feast. 


a bowl of mexican black beans with cheese and cilantro on top


Additional Black Bean Recipes:


These Mexican Black Beans are flavorful, easy to make, and will bring a bit of Mexican flair to your table.


zoomed out image of mexican black beans in a bowl ready to serve.

Mexican Black Beans Recipe

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Spice up your meal prep with this delicious and easy Mexican Black Beans recipe. A perfect side dish or a hearty main, it's always a hit!


  1. Sauté the chopped onion, garlic, and jalapeno until softened, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add black beans (including liquid), green chiles, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne. Stir to combine.
  3. Bring to a simmer, and cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in the cilantro and add juice from 1/2 of a lime.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Garnish with freshly crumbled Cotija cheese and chopped cilantro.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 423mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 5g
Originally Posted: July 20, 2017

Photos & Text Updated: December 23, 2023


Monday 9th of October 2023

Made this for the first time and it was delicious! Recipe is easy and didn’t take long to cook. Yummy!


Friday 24th of November 2023

So glad it was a hit Kristy! Thanks for the kind comment!


Thursday 4th of May 2023

Thank you so much for sharing! Your beans look divine!


Thursday 13th of September 2018

Can I make this the day before serving


Sunday 22nd of October 2017

I eat beans every weekday for lunch. They're so delicious and healthy, it the perfect lunch! These beans sound absolutely awesome. I like the slight soupiness - it's perfect to mix with some rice. I love this freaky Friday idea! How fun! And congrats on the new business - it's always so exciting to get a new project going :-)

Miz Helen

Friday 4th of August 2017

Congratulations! Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and thanks so much for sharing it with us.We have pinned your post to our Features Board, Have a great week and come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen

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