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5 from 7 votes

Easy Restaurant Style Black Beans Recipe

Delicious and easy restaurant style black beans. These beans are loaded with flavor and are perfect alongside ANY Mexican entree!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 36kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles mild, medium or hot
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans low-sodium black beans
  • 1/2 tsp kosher sea salt or 1/4 tsp. if the black beans are not low-sodium
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp crumbled queso fresco optional


  • In a medium heavy bottom saucepan set over medium-low heat, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and cook until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the green chilies, chicken broth, black beans, salt, chili powder, coriander, cumin, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, and cilantro. Turn the heat up to medium-high and bring to a rapid simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 30 minutes (or up to an hour), stirring at the 15 minute mark.
  • Remove from the heat, transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with additional cilantro and queso fresco, if desired.


  • Don't want to use black beans? Pinto beans work well too!


Serving: 8g | Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 122IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg