Easy Spiced Black Beans Recipe

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Last year, I found myself in a big box store staring at a case of canned black beans and a pallet of organic dry black beans.  The price was the same but I couldn’t get over the quantity difference.  Choosing the dry beans allowed me to get three-times as many beans as I would have if I opted for the can-ready beans.  My husband assumed I had lost my mind, but being the frugal mom I am, I couldn’t pass up that big beautiful bag of organic black beans.   So, I brought them home and started cooking!


At first I used my stove-top to make them the traditional way. AND then I decided to try them in my T-fal 10-In-1 Rice and Multicooker!  I know I tell you about this thing all the time, but seriously, what we can do in it is amazing.  If you don’t have one yet, don’t worry, I’ll give you the stove-top rundown too.

The recipe below is my base recipe.  I use this as a starter for black bean soup, black bean tacos, black beans and rice. (whatever + black beans — this is where I start!)

Easy Recipe for Starter Black Beans

Easy Spiced Black Beans Recipe


  • 2 cups dry black beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 Small Onion, diced (reserve 1/4 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can Ro-Tel Tomato & Green Chilies
  • 1 tbsp oil

Multicooker Directions:

Add oil and onion to your Multicooker.  Choose the “soup” setting and reduce the time to 5 minutes. Close lid and cook for 5 minutes undisturbed.

Meanwhile, wash and rinse beans.  Set aside.

Return to your Multicooker, add garlic, undrained can of tomato and chilies, black beans, and 6 cups of water. Stir, close lid.  Choose the “soup” setting again and allow to cook for 45 minutes, stir, add 1-2 cups of water (if needed), and repeat.

Stove-top Directions:

Heat oil in large pot.  Sweat/cook onion for 3 minutes stirring frequently.  Add garlic, cook for an additional minute.  Add undrained can of tomato and chilies, black beans, and 6-8 cups of water.  Stir and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for one hour.  Stir and add water.  Return to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for an additional hour.  Repeat 1-2 more times until your beans are tender.

Tip:  Always make sure you have plenty of water in your beans to prevent them from burning!

Dry Organic Black Beans

How Are Dry Black Beans Frugal?

How does dry beans save if I’m still using a can of tomatoes in my recipe?  Because two cups of dry beans equals four cans of beans!  At $1 per can, that’s a big saving at the end of the year!  Additionally, I buy my canned tomatoes when they are on sale and with a coupon.  Coupons and sales for black beans are much harder to come across.

Easy Spiced Dry Black Beans

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22 thoughts on “Easy Spiced Black Beans Recipe

  • My mother loves black beans, I will be sure to share this recipe with her.

  • OH My aunt is visiting from out of town this weekend and I want to try this! She will love it. Thanks for sharing.

  • I love black beans. Never thought about adding tomatoes. I will have to try this!

  • never had this before looks interesting

  • This sounds so good. I have been looking for a good black bean recipe. Thank you so much for sharing

  • I always have can black beans in my cabinet. As a senior can work best for me but my sister in law buys the dry and fixes big batches. I love them in everthing from as is to chile, wraps………… they are just good. I like to fix a batch of something and eat it one or two times and freezes the rest in single servings.

  • Black beans are cheap, filling, and so healthy!

  • I love black beans and would love to try this yummy recipe.

  • We use dry beans as well. I should say it’s my husband that does. Chili is his thing.

  • I definitely want to eat more beans, although I’m not too familiar with black beans!

  • Years ago I watch a TV show where the host talked about saving money by buying the dry beans. She frozen a certain amount in ziplock bags. I aways try to have some in my freezer and if all else fails there is a can in the cabinet. I like this receipe will have to try it

  • This sounds good to me looking good

  • I’ll try this recipe out the next time we have taco Tuesday

  • I love black beans. this looks like a recipe. I will pin it and try it soon.

  • Haven’t though of adding spice to my black beans before (other than in chilis, cool!)

  • I love black beans and rice and would love to try this recipe!

  • We love black beans and this recipe sounds great and easy to make as well.

  • This sounds really good and I can’t wait to try this.

  • I actually never thought about doing these myself. I bet the flavor is so much better than canned.


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