Restaurant-style Black Beans

by Becca
2 people
25 min

Here's an easy and ridiculously yummy Mexican recipe - restaurant-style black beans!

I absolutely love for black beans. I can't get enough of them - check out my collection of vegetarian black bean recipes for lots more black bean ideas! Black beans are small and soft, and they have a gorgeous dark, rich flavour that works perfectly with a bit of spice.

I'll happily put them in just about anything, but for some reason I don't usually serve them on their own. So this time, I decided to let my favourite bean be the star of the show.

There's a restaurant where I live that does the best black beans - slightly spicy, soft and creamy, and ridiculously moreish. I always get them on the side of a burrito, but since they're full of protein, they make a great meal on their own too. I couldn't resist giving them a go myself.

Turns out, they're easy - which is good, because I rarely make things that aren't!

Restaurant-style Black Beans
Recipe details
  • 2  people
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 1tbsp oil
  • ½ onion, halved then thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small red chilli, finely diced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 x 400g tin black beans, drained but not rinsed (240g when drained)
  • 100ml vegetable stock
  • Black pepper
  • To serve: fresh coriander, sour cream

Heat the oil in a pan, and add the onion, garlic and chilli. Cook for a few minutes over a medium-low heat, until soft and translucent. Add the spices and cook for one more minute, stirring regularly.
Next, add the black beans and stock, and season with plenty of black pepper. Bring to a simmer, and cook for around 15 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes, until the mixture has reduced down to your desired consistency.
Serve topped with some fresh coriander and a dollop of sour cream.
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