Here’s another updated recipe for you. I have all of my freshly photographed Cafe Rio-inspired recipes in the line up to repost and I’m so excited to share them. I know there are a million recipes like these out there, and they vary a lot. The ones I have are my favorites that I’ve been making for a little over two years. Mmm…the pictures make me wish I had more left overs.
Things are crazy on the home front. Why does life keep happening when you just want to get something done? Does anyone else ever feel like this? I want to paint, but the babies still need attention, food, and clothes. I want to paint, but the laundry still needs pushed through and folded. I want to paint, but the house still needs cleaning and vacuuming. The secret desire of my heart is for the babies to take a four-hour nap today. Is that terrible? I don’t feel like this often but
What are you just dying to get done today?
Cafe Rio Black Beans recipe

Cafe Rio Black Beans

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 T olive oil
2 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup tomato juice
1 to 1 1/2  tsp. salt
4 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

In a medium skillet, heat the garlic and cumin in the olive oil over medium heat just until fragrant. Add beans, tomato juice, and salt. Continually stir until heated through. Just before serving, stir in the cilantro.


I always use cooked dried beans instead of store-bought. If you do this, too, plan on more salt because they’ll need it.
For the tomato juice- I make this salsa before I prepare the beans, and when I am ready for the tomato juice I just pour in the same amount of salsa juice that has collected in the bottom of the bowl. Delish!
Cafe Rio Black Beans recipe


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5 Responses
  1. Mrs. J*F*G

    That looks yummy! I love black beans, but the hubby doesn’t – maybe I can get him to like them with this recipe?? That would make my day!

  2. My husband doesn’t *do* beans either, but he likes these. Once you load them up in the burrito with all the other Cafe Rio recipes you can’t really even tell they are there! They just add to the deliciousness that is the burrito.

  3. Totally loved this recipe!! I even got James to eat a few (and that is quite the accomplishment). My whole family loved these and my Grandma just had to have the recipe. So glad this came up in coversation so I knew you had the Cafe Rio recipes 🙂

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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