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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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Use in burritos, tacos or a bad ass bowl. Top it with Smoky Gouda sauce and prepare for mouthgasm.