Fast Mexican Black Beans

by Silvia on September 15, 2013 · 8 comments

in Recipes / Recetas

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Frijoles negros a la mexicana

Beans are one of my favorite foods, I grew up eating them almost every day and now I do the same with my family. Last week I wanted to make black beans for lunch but I didn’t have a lot of time, so I went to my pantry and the fridge to see what I had, and in just a few minutes I had a beautiful and delicious bowl of black beans.

This is a perfect recipe to make when you are in a hurry and need a fast, delicious and nutritious meal.  Just add a few warm tortillas and you are set.

Fast Mexican Black Beans

4 portions

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans
  • 1 (11 oz) can of corn, drained
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

With a medium sized pot over high heat, pour in the olive oil. When oil is hot, turn down the heat to medium-high and add the onion and serrano peppers. Stir constantly until onion is soft and then add the tomatoes. Let them cook for 5 minutes and then add the black beans (with juice) and the corn (drained).  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Cover the pot and let it simmer for 12-15 minutes until all flavors are deliciously combined.

That’s it!

Pour in bowls and add a few warm tortillas.

¡Buen Provecho!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

September 16, 2013 at 11:46 am Mayito Castillo 1

Feliz independencia Mexico lindo y querido! Nada mejor para celebrar que esos deliciosos frijolitos negros. Gracias por la receta Silvia.


January 5, 2016 at 8:38 pm Shirley Byrd 2

What is a serrano pepper


January 8, 2016 at 12:32 pm Silvia 3

Hello Shirley,

I hope this finds you well.Thank you for visiting my site and leaving a comment.

Answering to your question, serrano peppers are bright green, long peppers (check the picture here which you can usually find in the Supermarket’s produce area near jalapeños and tomatillos)

Serranos are spicer than jalapeños with a deep flavor.

Have a great day, Silvia

January 10, 2016 at 12:02 pm Stephanie 4

PLEASE remember that these hot peppers can burn your fingers. Use gives or a plastic bag over your hands to protect them.

January 6, 2016 at 4:14 am Kathryn 5

I have been making black beans similar to this for years, so good!
I also make a cold version as follows:
1 can black beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
1 or 2 diced fresh jalapenos
Chili seasoning, to taste
Mix all the ingredients together and serve as a side dish.


January 8, 2016 at 12:31 pm Silvia 6

Yum! Thanks Kathryn for sharing!

January 11, 2016 at 8:44 am Kathryn 7

You’re welcome Sylvia!


January 12, 2016 at 7:43 am Silvia 8

Hi Stephanie,

Thank you for your comment. Since I have been chopping peppers since I was 13 years old they don’t bother me anymore; however, using plastic gloves or a plastic bag is a good tip. Thanks.


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