Restaurant Style Black Beans

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These Restaurant-Style Black Beans are easy to make and packed with flavor and nutrients.

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One of my son’s favorite restaurants is Moe’s Southwest Grill.  It’s a fun place where they serve made-to-order southwest inspired foods.

My son loves their burritos.  He always gets the same thing – chicken, black beans, rice, pico de gallo, sour cream and cheese on a whole wheat tortilla.  I get pretty much the same thing, expect I also add lettuce and onions.

I have to admit, though, my favorite part is the black beans.

Restaurant Style Black Beans - It Is a Keeper

These are no ordinary, boring black beans.  These are packed with flavor and texture.

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They make a great side dish and are incredible when included in tacos, burritos, quesadillas or any recipe that calls for black beans.

They would work great with this Simple Mexican Skillet or Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken.

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Restaurant Style Black Beans - It Is a Keeper
4.78 from 31 votes

Restaurant-Style Black Beans

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
These Restaurant-Style Black Beans are easy to make and packed with flavor and nutrients.
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup onion, finely minced
  • 30 oz canned black beans
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning


  • Heat olive oil in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and sautee for 5 minutes, or until soft and translucent.
  • Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds – just until fragrant.
  • Add beans (with liquid) and taco seasoning.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve warm.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2.3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican

11 thoughts on “Restaurant Style Black Beans”

  1. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! I didn’t have any taco seasoning so I substituted it with some garlic powder, onion powder, garlic salt, and paprika. Seriously to die for. And so easy! I made burritos with these beans and the vegan meat crumbles from and they were fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Definitely in my dinner rotation from now on.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe before, exactly as written, and it is wonderful. So easy and yummy. I used mine for black bean tostadas with melted cheese. These would be so good in tacos, or with rice. Or on a taco salad!

  3. So good! I’m a college student and I’ll whip up a half batch of these using dried minced onion and pre-minced garlic then garnished with lite sour cream, cheddar cheese, and tortilla chips like chili! Easy lunch or dinner

      • the recipe converter on this doesn’t work properly. the black beans conversion not only multiplies the number of cans needed but also increases the ounce size. to increase to 30 servings you would only need 150 ounces total but if you follow the converter it tells you 680 ounces.

  4. 5 stars
    I love really easy recipes especially bean recipes. I’ll keep this in mind for Cinco de Mayo, we’ll be having tacos and black beans. Yum!


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