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This simple black bean side dish is loaded with garlic and jalapeno flavors and works well with ANY Mexican or Cuban meal.

The optional toppings of bell peppers, whole kernel corn, cilantro, and queso fresco cheese adds a special addition to this satisfying dish. It’s also a great topping to use on Mexican-style salads. After making this once, you’ll continually keep a can of black beans in your cupboard for a quick and easy side to any dish.

Top tips for prepping ahead: (on your food prep day or the night before)

Pre-chopping ingredients really helps to reduce stress and simplify dinner on busy weeknights. We know, we know, we’re always talking about meal prep, but it truly is key to healthy eating! 

  • Chop your onion, peppers, and garlic (if you’re using fresh) 
  • Wash and pick cilantro leaves from the stem 

What is queso fresco cheese?

Queso fresco is a Mexican cheese that’s easily crumbled and often used to top dishes like enchiladas, tacos, and beans. Its fresh, milky, yet slightly tangy flavor makes it an amazing accompaniment to a variety of dishes. It can provide a light contrast to a heavier dish, like a Chicken Enchilada Casserole or Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Casserole, or complement something equally as light, like grilled veggies.

It’s extremely freezer-friendly, so don’t worry about leftovers going to waste.

Serve these Simply Seasoned Black Beans with:

Some great ways to reinvent your leftovers:

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Simply Seasoned Black Beans
This simple black bean side dish is loaded with garlic and jalapeno flavors and works well with ANY Mexican or Cuban meal. The optional toppings of bell peppers, whole kernel corn, cilantro, and queso fresco cheese add a special addition to this satisfying dish. It's also a great topping to use on Mexican-style salads. After making this once, you’ll continually keep a can of black beans in your cupboard for a quick and easy side to any dish.
black beans, side dish, gluten free, quick and easy recipe, healthy recipe, food guides, fruit and granola, yogurt parfait, healthy breakfast, weight loss, healthy cookbook, clean eating, non-processed food, HIIT workouts, at-home workout
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Main Ingredients:
Optional Additions:
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Main Ingredients:
Optional Additions:
black beans, side dish, gluten free, quick and easy recipe, healthy recipe, food guides, fruit and granola, yogurt parfait, healthy breakfast, weight loss, healthy cookbook, clean eating, non-processed food, HIIT workouts, at-home workout
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine beans, garlic, onion, jalapeño (add bell peppers and corn if using them). Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low. Season with cilantro (if using) and salt. Simmer for 2 minutes and serve. Garnish with queso fresco.
Recipe Notes

Substitute jalapeño with chili powder or cayenne pepper.

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible. 

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