How To Cook Canned Black Beans

How To Cook Canned Black Beans On Different Methods?

Did you know that canned black beans often get a bad rap? That, I don’t know why, yet black beans are a delicious, healthy addition to any meal. In fact, they are an amazing source of fibers, protein, essential vitamins, and minerals. They may be served either as a separate side or as a part of a dish. Nonetheless, do you really know how to cook canned black beans?


A lot of people sell short when cooking their black beans. So many think that cooking black beans is just as easy as opening a can, pouring the beans into a pot, and letting all the contents get warm on low heat. But I tell you, there is more that you can do with it than just that!

The days of heating canned black beans are over. There are so many ways on how to cook black beans from a can, and some of which, we will discuss in this post. If want to learn how to cook canned black beans on stove or in other ways, you have come on the right site.

So without further ado, let’s get started!

There are so many canned black beans recipe available out there. Some of which can be done on a stove and some are done using some other cooking methods. Below, we have two of the most common methods on how to make canned beans into a special dish.

Do not be hesitant in trying all the recipes until you find one that will suit your liking. You might even find that as you go and learn how to prepare canned black beans, you create your very own personal recipe. When this happens, make sure to share it with us too!

Aside from preparing your canned black beans, you should of course, also need to prepare the other ingredients for your recipe. Below, we have two different sets of ingredients list for two different methods of cooking canned black beans. Check them both to know the difference!

IngredientsFor Canned Black Beans In Saucepan Recipe

Here are the ingredients you need to prepare:

  • ¼ tsp. of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh cilantro
  • 1 small onion
  • ¼ cup of broth (it depends on your choosing)
  • 16 oz. or 1 can of black beans.

Ingredients For Canned Black Beans In Microwave Recipe

Here are the ingredients you need to prepare:

  • 4 tbsp. of chunky salsa
  • ½ diced avocado
  • 1 cup of shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 cans of black beans
  • 2 cups of brown rice.

Now that you already know the different ingredients for your canned black beans recipe (regardless of your choice of cooking method), let us look at how to cook them!

How To Cook Canned Black Beans In Saucepan

This is a basic dish using canned beans in a saucepan. The preparation time for it is about 10 minutes, while the cooking time is about 5 minutes only. Below are the steps that you can follow in making this dish:

  1. 1
    To begin with, prepare all the ingredients listed above
  2. 2
    Start by chopping the cilantro, garlic, and onion
  3. 3
    Rinse the beans
  4. 4
    Mix the beans, onion, garlic, and the broth of your choice into a medium saucepan
  5. 5
    Make sure that the mixture boils first before you reduce the heat into medium-low
  6. 6
    Season the mixture with the cilantro and cayenne pepper
  7. 7
    How to season black beans will depend on you. You are free to add salt when needed
  8. 8
    Let the mixture simmer for about 5 minutes
  9. 9
    After 5 minutes, serve your dish warm.

How To Cook Canned Black Beans In The Microwave

Furthermore, if you are in such a rush and don’t have enough time to cook your canned black beans, you can just put them in the microwave oven too. Canned black beans are so convenient as they don’t need that much time to soak.

However, the fresh, dry beans should soak in water for a long period of time before you can use them in cooking. Learning how to cook canned black beans in the microwave will allow you to make a delicious meal in just a matter of seconds.

This recipe is based on a Mexican-inspired dish that goes very well with freshly cooked rice. It takes about six cups of food that breaks down to approximately four 1-1/2 cup serving. Below are the steps that you can follow in making this dish:

  1. 1
    To begin with, prepare all the ingredients listed above
  2. 2
    Rinse the canned black beans
  3. 3
    After soaking the black beans, combine them with the rice and put them in the microwave oven-safe bowl
  4. 4
    Add salsa
  5. 5
    Stir until combined all together
  6. 6
    Microwave oven on medium-high heat for about 2 minutes or until the whole dish is finally warm
  7. 7
    Remove from the oven, then add avocado and bell pepper
  8. 8
    Stir once again and let cool for a minute or two
  9. 9
    Serve the dish with romaine lettuce.

This is a perfect recipe if you don’t have that much time to cook your meal.

Nevertheless, you might also ask the questions, "Can you eat black beans out of the can?’", "Do you have to cook canned black beans?" , "Are canned black beans safe?", Well, essentially, there is nothing to worry if you don't have enough time cooking your canned black beans dish. Just like the above, you can opt to not cook it. It is very safe!

We’re finally done with the ways on how to cook goya black beans or canned black beans. Now, let us proceed to the mistakes that you should avoid in cooking them.

Cooking Canned Black Beans: Things To Consider

Cooking Canned Black Beans: Things To Consider

Firstly, even though you might find that fresh beans are more flavorful than the canned variety, there is nothing wrong with it. Nevertheless, in cooking black beans, generally, there are some things that you need to consider.

  • Make sure that you rinse the beans well before cooking them. Canned black beans may come in a thick liquid. This may be high in sodium and starch. If your recipe doesn't need the liquid, do not use it.
  • Studies show that soaking and rinsing black beans may help in reducing their sodium content by about 40%. Rinse your canned black beans well before you cook it.
  • The ration of dried beans to that of the canned beans is not the same. It’s fine to use canned beans in your dish, but make sure to substitute it properly.
  • Overseasoning is one of the most common mistakes in cooking canned black beans. You should buy black beans that can give you the flexibility that you need in seasoning the beans as you would like.
  • Do not put the beans back in the can. if the can has no lid to seal it, don’t put the beans back. You should rather use a sealable container or the same storage.

Consider all of these factors when using canned beans in your dishes for you and your loved one’s safety.


Canned black beans are a great addition to meal. You can serve them either as a separate side or as a part of a dish. I personally love canned black beans for their versatility and unique taste, which is incomparable to any other foods.

As you may already know, cooking it isn’t as easy as opening a can, and pouring it in a pot to get warm. There are so many ways that you can do in making it a better and more delicious meal. You can try the recipes included in this article, and you will surely be surprised at how astoundingly delicious it is. For sure, you and your family will love and enjoy it!

I hope you had a great time reading this post and learned something about it. If you do, please don’t forget to share it so that others will also learn from it. Let us know your thoughts, leave a comment below. Thank you!

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