spicy smashed black beans recipe

spicy smashed black bean recipe

a smashed black bean recipe for canned black beans

Smashed black beans are an awesome side dish for Tex-Mex food.  This particular recipe for smashed black beans packs a flavor punch, and also delivers on the heat.  But it’s easy to adjust if you don’t want a lot of spiciness!  Smashed beans have a consistency that is similar to refried beans, but without a ton of additives and fat.  It’s basically refried beans from scratch, just a bit chunkier. 🙂

creamy smashed black beans recipe

How do you make refried black beans from scratch?

Softening the black beans by simmering them in liquid, and then smashing them, creates a texture that is very similar to refried beans.  Canned refried beans are usually heavy on the fat and sodium (although they are super delicious!), so this is a great substitute!  This smashed black bean recipe is basically like refried beans from scratch, just a bit chunkier.  By cooking the beans in water (along with a ton of flavor components), they soften enough to allow us to “smash” them.  It’s not only easy to do, but it’s healthier than refried beans!

spicy smashed black bean recipe

Are black beans good for you?

If you’re not following some diet fad that has convinced you otherwise, yes they are!  Black beans are loaded with protein and fiber.  They’re also gluten free and cholesterol free!  For canned black beans, like in this recipe, be sure to drain the liquid from the can and thoroughly rinse the beans before cooking them.  This rinses off the starches, which would alter the texture of the smashed beans.  The liquids from the can are also packed with sodium, and we don’t need that.

canned black beans recipe

What do you eat black beans with?

Oh,  I have so many suggestions for you!

So many options, seriously.  The flavor in these beans makes it stand out from just standard refried beans.  We start with onions and jalapenos, which are cooked in butter for ten minutes to soften and slightly brown them.  Then we add garlic and spices to really amp up the flavor.  Once the beans are softened and smashed, we stir in some hot sauce and sour cream to finish.

spicy and creamy smashed black beans recipe

What spices go well with beans?

For these black beans, we use cumin, cayenne, oregano, and chili powder.  You are more than welcome to omit the cayenne if you don’t want as much heat, though.  The basis for most of my Tex-Mex recipes is cumin, oregano, and smoked paprika or chili powder.

spices and ingredients for canned black beans

I hope you get to make these soon, and I would love to see your recipe photos on Instagram or Pinterest!  Be sure to tag me if you share your pictures – it seriously makes my day!  And shoot me an email if you have any questions. 🙂



spicy and creamy smashed black beans recipe
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5 from 10 votes

spicy smashed black beans

an easy recipe for flavorful, smashed black beans from a can.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: black beans
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 197kcal
Author: sara a.
Cost: $2


  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion (or yellow onion)
  • 1 tbsp. minced jalapenos (seeds removed for less heat)
  • salt
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne (optional - leave out for less heat)
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 15.5 ounces canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce your favorite


  • Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add onions, jalapenos, and a healthy pinch of salt. Stir to coat in butter, then cook for ten minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and seasonings, and cook for three minutes.
  • Stir in the drained/rinsed black beans and water, then cover the pot with a lid. Allow the beans to simmer for ten minutes, until softened.
  • Uncover the pot, and turn the heat down to low. Once the beans are not actively bubbling, use a large spoon to stir the beans, and gently smash the beans against the side of the pot. Continue smashing until they form a creamy, thick texture.
  • Stir in the sour cream and hot sauce. Carefully taste, and season with more salt if needed.
  • Serve hot, and top with crumbled cotija cheese and cilantro, if desired!


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 197kcal | Protein: 7g | Fiber: 9g
spicy smashed black beans recipe

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  1. Reply

    5 stars
    A easy, quick and delicious comforting meal option.Best when vegetarian. Full of flavors.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Veena! It is so quick and easy, and there’s tons of flavor! I’m so glad you enjoyed!

  2. Reply

    5 stars
    Wow! This is such an amazing recipe that I’ve encounter so far. This looks tasty and creaminess is overload.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Amy! It’s super tasty, and the more you smash it, the creamier it gets! Plus you can always add more sour cream for an ULTRA creamy version! (or greek yogurt!)

  3. Reply

    5 stars
    These look so, so good! I have tons of canned black beans but get tired of eating them the same way every week. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Kate! I hope you love them as much as I do!!

    • Paige
    • May 22, 2020

    5 stars
    YUM, I can see having these with a big Mexican dinner with family…looks amazing!

    1. Reply

      Thank you! And yes! They’re also great as leftovers for breakfast burritos, tostadas, and quesadillas!!

  4. Reply

    5 stars
    Such an easy and delicious option, perfect for any vegetarians! I do have some canned black beans in my pantry, this would be a great recipe to use them in!

    1. Reply

      Absolutely, Anna! I hope you get to try them soon!

    • Kushigalu
    • May 24, 2020

    5 stars
    Love black beans but never tried it this way. So delicious.

    1. Reply

      I love black beans, too! And I love trying them in various ways – I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

    • Charity
    • May 24, 2020

    5 stars
    These beans look so delicious and creamy! Serving these next time we have enchiladas. Thanks!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Chariry! I hope you love them as much as I do!

  5. Reply

    5 stars
    You saved taco night! I realized I was out of refried beans and I found this, it was so much better! So full of flavor and really easy, I loved the sour cream addition.

    1. Reply

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Mikayla! They’re just so easy to make and SO much better than beans straight out of the can! Thank you for the comment!

    • Heidy McCallum
    • May 25, 2020

    5 stars
    These spicy smashed black beans were so good that I will be making them again very soon the entire family enjoyed them!!!

    1. Reply

      Yay!! That’s so awesome to hear, Heidy! I love when the whole family can enjoy something together!

    • Natalie
    • May 25, 2020

    5 stars
    That sounds so delicious. I think I never tried anything like it. But now I must. My family will love this too. I just saved the recipe!

    1. Reply

      You’ll have to let me know what you think, Natalie! So glad you saved it!

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