Garlicky Skillet Black Beans

Garlicky skillet black beans recipe

Black beans are delicious prepared with lots of garlic. This is a great accompaniment to vegan quesadillas or soft tacos that don’t themselves contain beans; it’s also a fantastic filling for soft tacos. These also go nicely with most kinds of simple meals that needs a little protein boost.

Serves: 6

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • Two 16-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed,
    or 3 to 4 cups cooked black beans (from about 1 2/3 cups raw)
  • Juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon or lime, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 to 2 small fresh hot chile pepper, seeded and minced, or 1 medium milder chile
    (like poblano) or dried hot red pepper flakes to taste (see note)
  • 2 to 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro or parsley, or more, to taste

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and sauté until over medium-low heat until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to sauté until both are golden.

Add the beans, 1/2 cup of their cooking liquid or water, and lemon or lime juice. Cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a gentle simmer.

Mash some of the beans in the skillet with a potato masher until there’s a nice thick base. Add the remaining ingredients except the cilantro. Simmer gently for 5 to  minutes longer. Stir in the cilantro, and serve.

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Note: For hot chilies, choose jalpeño or serrano; poblano is a perfect mild chili. Or, you can use a 4-ounce can mild chopped green chilies.

Varation: Add a medium bell pepper (any color), finely diced, after the onion becomes translucent

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4 comments on “Garlicky Skillet Black Beans

  1. Nava Post author

    Glad you enjoyed this, Glenda. I’m going to make this again very soon myself — it’s great in soft tacos.

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