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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