Best black beans

    15 min

    This simple black bean side dish works well with Mexican or Latin American meals. Black turtle beans have loads of fibre and are packed with nutrients.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 (400g) tin black beans
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • salt to taste

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. In a medium saucepan, combine beans, onion and garlic, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Season with coriander, cayenne, and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes, and serve.


    If you can't find tinned black beans, use dried. You can also try tinned borlotti beans, or even kidney beans.

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    the chicken fajitas were amazingly full flavor, will be making this again  -  19 Apr 2015


    Easy and tasty! I always pour canned beans in a sieve or colander and rinse well under running water; this step does away with the "gas problem" a lot of people experience after eating beans. Works like a charm! I then use a can of beef or chicken broth to replace the liquid. Also, I fry the onions until soft and almost browned, add the garlic and saute for just 15 - 20 seconds more, then add the broth and simmer until ready to serve, at which time you would add the cilantro. This was a method that a Cuban neighbor taught me for an even tastier dish.  -  04 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was so good. I let the beans simmer on very low heat for about 15 minutes so that all the flavors would blend together well. I think 5 minutes is not enough, IMHO. The only variation I made to the recipe was adding some fresh ground black pepper along with the salt. I used this dish to create the best bean burritos I’ve ever tasted - 1/4 cup "best black beans" + 1/4 cup shredded cheese + 2 Tbs. fresh salsa wrapped up in a flour tortilla, then heated in a skillet (or microwave if you just can’t wait). I then topped it off with some green onions and sour cream. Mmmm. Perfect for vegetarians, too.  -  15 Apr 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)