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How to Make Black beans

Today I’m going to show you how to make delicious black beans. They’re so easy and inexpensive and they go great as a side to many different dishes. This recipe is basically the same as my recipe for mashed frijoles pintos but with black beans instead of pintos.

Black beans in a pot.

Ingredients needed

  • Black beans
  • White onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Bay leaves
  • Water
  • Chicken bouillon
  • Salt

If I have it on hand I also like to add jalapeño. It adds a great flavor to the beans without making them spicy.

Once the beans are finished cooking I like to mash them to thicken the broth and give it a smooth conistency. However this is not necessary it’s just the way I like to prepare my beans.

What to serve them with?

I often serve these beans with scrambled eggs in the morning but they go great with so many other dishes such as:

A white plate with black beans and eggs.
Black beans in a pot.
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How to Make Black Beans

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword black beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10
Author Carissa


  • 2 cups black beans rinsed
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tbs chicken bouillon
  • salt to taste


  1. Put the rinsed beans, onion, garlic cloves and bay leaves in a pot. Add 8 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil.

  2. Once the water starts to boil, reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook for 1 hour.

  3. Next add the chicken bouillon to the pot and continue to cook covered for another hour or until the beans are tender.

  4. Remove the lid and remove the onion, garlic and bay leaves from the pot and discard.

  5. Turn the heat to medium and start mashing the beans with a potato masher. Continue to cook the beans for about 10 min or until they reach your desired consistency.

  6. You can add salt to taste or you can add more chicken bouillon if you prefer.

  7. Serve and enjoy!

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