Cooked canned black beans with tomatoes, onions and garlic in a bowl.
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How to Cook Canned Black Beans

An easy way to cook and season canned black beans to make a delicious and healthy side dish in no time! Serve with Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites like tacos, enchiladas and burritos.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Isabel Eats


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, minced
  • 1 plum tomato, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, minced (optional; seeds and veins removed if you don’t want it spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans (no salt preferred)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (about the amount of juice in 1/2 lime)
  • salt, to taste
  • chopped cilantro, for serving (optional)


  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions, tomatoes, jalapenos (if using), garlic, cumin, oregano and smoked paprika. Stir and saute for 5 minutes, until onions have softened and become translucent.
  • Add can of black beans (do not drain), stir and bring to a simmer. If you'd like the beans to be a bit more soupy, add in some water or broth until the consistency is to your liking.
  • Remove from heat and stir in lime juice and salt.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve.


Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Canned Black Beans
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 463mg13%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 463mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg