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Cafe Rio Black Beans | The Best Black Beans Recipe!

Cafe Rio Black Beans

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 3 cups 1x


This Cafe Rio Black Beans recipe is a perfect side for taco night! Flavorful, salty, and slightly acidic, they fill out any meal and are the easiest to make!


  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 can black beans, rinsed and drained (15 ounce)
  • 1/3 cup tomato juice
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro


  1. In a medium skillet, heat the garlic and cumin in the olive oil over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add beans, tomato juice, and salt. Continually stir until heated through.
  3. Just before serving, stir in the cilantro.


  • I often 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┬ábefore 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!
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Category: side
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American, Tex-Mex, Mexican

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