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Super Easy Bad Ass Black Beans From a Can

Makes about 4 cups
Author: Molly Patrick of Clean Food Dirty Girl


  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cacao powder totally optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper about 10 turns
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion 60g
  • 2 cans plain black beans rinsed and drained (15 oz / 425g each / no salt)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup water 117g
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes 14.5 oz / 411g


  • In a small bowl, mix together the ancho chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin powder, cacao powder (if using), onion powder, Mexican oregano, salt and black pepper. Set this aside for now.
  • Heat a large pan over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the onion and saute for 6 minutes, adding a splash of water when they start to stick or look dry. Stir in the black beans and garlic, stir and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add the water and the spice mixture and bring to a simmer. Cook for 6-8 minutes, until the onions are soft and the beans are heated through. Turn off the heat, add the tomatoes and stir.
  • Use in burritos, tacos or a bad ass bowl. Top it with Smoky Gouda sauce and prepare for mouthgasm.