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Quick and easy Mexican Black Beans for Tacos and for a side to all your favorite Tex-Mex dishes, made with canned black beans and lots of vibrant seasonings.

Easy Mexican Black Beans for Tacos

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8


Easy Mexican Black Beans for Tacos or as a side to all your favorite Tex-Mex dishes! Made with canned black beans and lots of vibrant seasonings. The perfect simple side dish for any meal, and great inside tacos and burritos.


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons homemade taco seasoning
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained (14.5-ounce cans)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 to 1 1/2  teaspoons salt
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro


  1. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and taco seasoning, and heat just until fragrant.
  3. Add beans, water, and salt. Continually stir until heated through and most of the water evaporates.
  4. Just before serving, stir in the cilantro.
  5. Serve hot as a side, inside your favorite tacos or burritos, or on your favorite nachos or salad.


  • I always use cooked dried beans instead of store-bought. If you do this, too, plan on more salt because they’ll need it.
  • I make this salsa before I prepare the beans, and when I am ready for the water I just replace it with juice from the salsa. I just pour in the same amount of salsa juice that has collected in the bottom of the bowl. It's an easy way to add even more flavor.
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American

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