Mexican Black Beans

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This Mexican black beans recipe can be made in about 15 minutes and make the perfect side dish to many different meals. These restaurant style beans are full of flavor are sure to become a family favorite.

We love serving these black beans with crockpot chicken fajitas, sweet corn cakes and air fryer steak fajitas

Black beans in a bowl


Mexican black beans are easy to make and don’t require many ingredients. They are full of flavor like charro beans, and are the perfect side for many Mexican inspired meals. 

What makes these the best ever Mexican black beans

  • Easy – Only a few simple ingredients. This recipe calls for canned black beans, onions, garlic, cilantro, cumin, salt and green chiles. 
  • Flavor – This black bean recipe is a little different with the addition of green chilis. They add a ton of flavor, but don’t worry, not much heat. 

How to make Mexican black beans

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  1. Sauté: Add oil to large skillet or saucepan and warm over medium heat. Add diced onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook another 30 seconds. 
  2. Simmer: Pour in beans, diced chiles, cumin, salt, and cilantro. Simmer for about 5 minutes. 
  3. Serve: Serve warm. 
Black beans, onions, cilantro, garlic, chilis

How to store

Store: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to the week. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave. 

Freeze: These can also be stored in a freezer safe container in the freezer for up to 6 months. To eat, let them thaw in the refrigerator, and them microwave or put cook on the stove. 

What to serve with Mexican black beans

These make a wonderful side dish to many meals or even eaten as a main meal. They can also be served mashed. Just use a potato masher and press down on them while in the pan.

Here are a few suggestions on what to them with: 

Are black beans healthy?

Yes, they are a wonderful source of protein, fiber, folate, potassium and vitamin B6. 

Can you use dried black beans to make from scratch?

Yes, dried beans will take a little longer to cook. You will need to soak the beans in water overnight before cooking them. 

The next day, drain and rinse the beans. Place them in a pot with enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Let them simmer on the stove for 1 hour. 

Drain and then use them according to the recipe. You might need to add about 1/4 cup of vegetable or chicken stock to the recipe for some added moisture.  

Black beans with wooden spoon

Let me know if you tried this recipe in the comments below. If you like beans, be sure to check out these amazing navy bean recipes

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black beans in a bowl
5 from 1 vote

Mexican Black Beans

By Heather
These easy Mexican style black beans are flavorful and easy to make.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 16 oz can black beans
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 4 oz can diced green chiles (These can be omitted.)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Pour oil in large skillet or saucepan. Warm over medium heat. Add diced onions and sauté until softened, or 4-5 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and cook another 30-60 seconds. Pour in black beans, diced chilis, cumin, salt and cilantro.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve warm.


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Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 697mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 103IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
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