Easy Black Beans

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Easy Black Beans

Easy Black Beans

These easy black beans are the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican fiesta.

Serves 8

Prep Time 20 min

Total Time 30 min.


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground ancho chile pepper, (see Note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 15-ounce c black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Add ground chile, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds more. Add beans, water and tomato paste; stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are heated through and the sauce is slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.