An easy 20 minute vegetarian Mexican Black Bean Recipe that will make your weeknights easy and healthier. Make a big batch and use all week or freeze some for later. Canned black beans are your friend here.
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While I enjoy perusing my cookbook collection, leafing through pages until something catches my eye, the truth is, the most frequent dishes I serve my family are the easiest ones. I love to explore new food, ingredients and new cultures. Give me a food challenge and I am there.
Why I Love Mexican Black Beans
Life is busy though so I like to push the easy button often. This Mexican black beans recipe is one of my favorite weeknight cooking hacks because it’s easy, fast and healthy. It’s also very versatile so I can serve this all week long.
This is one of my favorite recipes because I crave vegetarian food. I’m not a vegetarian but eating meat with every meal leaves me uncomfortably full. My hubby eat meat at every meal.
This Mexican Black Bean recipe gives us the flexibility we desire. I can serve it to hubby as a side and I can make a vegetarian meal out of it for me. This recipe does not make me feel too full or lethargic like a heavy meal can.
Beans are healthy too! They can help you reduce your cholesterol, lose weight and are a great substitute for meat. Read The Many Health Benefits of Beans in this Consumer Reports article to find out more. This easy bean recipe will help you get started on making good food choices.
My top seven ideas for serving this are below. I hope this recipe finds you well and that it might lighten your load, just a little bit.
7 Vegetarian Ways to Serve Mexican Black Beans
Having Mexican Black Beans as leftovers gives you even more weeknight options. These ideas below are easy to prepare after a long day at work or a quick lunch idea on your days off.
- Serve it over Spanish rice for a healthy and hearty vegetarian meal.
- Wrap some in a corn tortilla with some guac for a vegetarian taco version.
- Add your favorite veggie broth and make a soup out of it.
- Serve with tortilla chips and make a Mexican Black Bean Dip out of it.
- Pour over a baked potato and garnish with crumbled bacon, sour cream, onion and cilantro for a hearty meal.
- Make a black bean and monterey jack cheese quesadilla.
- Serve over fries with your favorite cheese and a squeeze of fresh lime for a street cart version.
How to Make Easy Mexican Black Beans
This recipe is very basic which is what makes it desirable as a weeknight option. Canned black beans are used and seasoned with sautéed onions, garlic, cumin and canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. I only use one or two peppers at a time and individually freeze the rest. You can see how in this post on Peruvian Bean Soup.
Chipotle in adobo sauce is very spicy. You may want to start with one and see how much heat you like.
5 entrèes that would go great with Mexican Black Beans
These beans are so versatile, try them as a side dish.
- Mexican Chicken Flautas
- Baja Fish Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce
- A Texas BBQ Sandwich
- Smoked Pork
- Chicken and Pineapple Kebabs
Do you have any super basic but delicious recipes for weeknights in your culinary arsenal? Please share.
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