Quick Seasoned Black Beans

$1.33. recipe / $0.33 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.82 from 11 votes
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Side dishes shouldn’t be complicated. They’re the supporting actor for your meal, so keep them fast and simple enough that they don’t outshine your main dish. These Quick Seasoned Black Beans are the perfect example. With just a few extra ingredients and about 15 minutes, a plain can of black beans can be transformed into a delicious and hearty side dish for any of your southwest inspired meals. And honestly, I wouldn’t be above just scooping up these beans with a tortilla chip or two! :P

A wooden spoon lifting some quick seasoned black beans out of a sauce pot, jalapeños and green onion on the side

What to Serve with Quick Seasoned Black Beans

As mentioned above, these easy beans make a great side dish to any southwest-inspired meal. But you could also simply spoon them over a bed of hot rice, sprinkle a little cheese on top, and go to town! Add them to your burrito bowls, serve them with enchiladas, alongside some fajitas, with Chipotle Lime Chicken and Rice, Chipotle Chicken Tacos, or with some Fish Tacos. You really can’t go wrong with beans as a side.

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Quick Seasoned Black Beans

4.82 from 11 votes
With just a few simple ingredients, these Quick Seasoned Black Beans are a fast and flavorful side dish for your weeknight dinners.  
A pot of quick seasoned black beans, with a wooden spoon, jalapeños and green onion on the side
Servings 6 about 1/2 cup each
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 15 minutes


  • 1 jalapeño ($0.18)
  • 1 clove garlic ($0.08)
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil ($0.04)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin ($0.05)
  • 2 15oz. cans black beans ($0.98)


  • Slice the stem off the jalapeño, then cut it in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds (leave a few in if you prefer your beans spicy), then finely dice the rest of the jalapeño. Mince the garlic.
  • Add the diced jalapeño and minced garlic to a small sauce pot with the cooking oil and cumin. Sauté over medium heat for about one minute.
  • Add the beans (do not drain) and bring to a simmer over medium to heat through. Taste and season with salt if needed. Serve hot.

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Calories: 142.68kcalCarbohydrates: 21.12gProtein: 7.67gFat: 3.43gSodium: 436.48mgFiber: 7.73g
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Close up of quick seasoned black beans in the sauce pot, being lifted by a wooden spoon.

How to Make Seasoned Black Beans – Step By Step Photos

Jalapeño cut open on a wooden cutting board

Cut the stem off a jalapeño, then slice it in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds, leaving some in if you prefer your beans spicy. Dice the remaining jalapeño flesh. Mince one clove of garlic

Diced jalapeño, minced garlic, cumin, and oil in a sauce pot.

Add the diced jalapeño, minced garlic, 1/2 tsp cumin, and 1 Tbsp cooking oil to a small sauce pot. Sauté these ingredients over medium heat for about one minute to soften the garlic and toast the cumin.

A can of black beans being poured into the sauce pot.

Add two 15oz. cans of black beans, NOT drained, to the sauce pot. Stir to combine, then bring it up to a simmer over medium heat to heat through. 

A pot of quick seasoned black beans, with a wooden spoon, jalapeños and green onion on the side

Taste the beans and season with salt if needed (I did not add any salt as the canned beans had plenty).

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  1. This is a great recipe to not just follow, but also build on with your own add-ins.

  2. I made this for dinner tonight and served it over rice and we absolutely LOVED IT! When I came back to leave a review I read a couple of other reviews and realized it’s written for black beans … I used pinto beans. It turned out to be a happy accident because it was amazing! We also sprinkled with cilantro and served with grilled talapia. Highly recommended!

  3. This was so good! I could eat this every day.  I added some fire roasted corn (from the freezer) and crumbled feta. Delicious!

  4. I love this recipe, thank you so much! As a vegan I always centered meals around what protein I was using but this is the perfect side dish that I can use when we all just want something a bit different. Even my toddler approves! 

  5. I had relatively low expectations for this recipe (really, how much can you transform a can of black beans?!), but, wow, I was blown away! This added SO much delicious flavor. I didn’t have a jalapeno so I used a pepperoncini, and these beans were absolutely wonderful. My husband and kids loved them! Great, simple, and quick. Thanks!

  6. I have made this recipe approximately 150 times. It’s fast, easy, and has great flavor. It’s super adaptable, too. Poblano instead? Great! Forgot jalapeño?  Still works with jalapeño Tabasco.  I came back to comment on this recipe because I’ve made it enough that I no longer look at the recipe, and I felt that deserved recognition. It’s the favorite side to taco night in my house, then is fabulous leftover put into quesadillas or eggs. Love it so much. 

  7. I made these from cooked dry beans that I had frozen in 9 oz portions (same size as cans). I wouldn’t recommend it. Even after adding broth for it to cook in, the liquid was cloudy and it ended up dry-ish with a weird texture. This is one of those recipes where canned is definitely better. 

  8. You can also mitigate gas issues with epazote. Traditionally, we always use epazote in black bean cooking. It’s very cheap and doesn’t really impart too many earthy aromatics.