Black Beans

[vegan] Simple and hearty side dish.

Serves 2-4 as a side.


  • 1 can (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, diced or minced
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • drizzle of cooking oil
  • 1-2 tsp lime juice, or juice of half of lime
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
    • Optional: substitute with other broths
  • 2-4 drops liquid smoke
  • Optional: 1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced
    • Optional: and seeded
  • Seasonings
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1/8 tsp chili powder or cayenne pepper
    • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
    • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika
    • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
    • salt to taste
  • Garnish
    • 1 sunny-side up egg per serving (optional; omit for vegan)
    • chopped cilantro

Adjust all proportions to your liking.


  1. Heat a drizzle of oil in a medium saucepan at medium-low.
  2. Add seasonings. Heat for 30-60 seconds until fragrant, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  3. Add garlic. Fry for 1-2 minutes until fragrant and a little brown, stirring often to prevent burning.
  4. Add onion. Fry for 1-2 minutes if crunchy texture preferred, or until caramelized (4-5 minutes?) if preferred.
  5. Add black beans and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil.
  6. Add liquid smoke. Let simmer for about 20 minutes. Add salt if needed.
  7. Serve with an optional egg and cilantro on top. Pairs well with rice or other Tex-Mex dishes.