How to Season Canned Black Beans

Canned black beans heated in the oven or on the stove and seasoned with a few spices for an amazing side dish.

Learn how easy it is to season canned black beans so they taste like a restaurant side dish! It is so easy to add just a few spices to make a flavorful side dish or use them in Mexican dishes, tacos, soups or salads. Read on to see what seasonings enhance the flavor and how to cook them on the stove or in the oven in about 15 minutes!

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Why This Recipe is So Good

Quick – Cooks in about 15 minutes.

Easy – Add 4 spices that you probably already have in your pantry. Heat in the microwave, on the stovetop or in the oven while preparing the rest of your meal.

Delicious – Enhances the flavor of plain canned beans and makes them super special.

Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy Free – Full of fiber and a must have dish for the Mediterranean Diet or Mexican Dishes and Tacos or Salads.

Choose low sodium beans for a low sodium diet.

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Can of black beans, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder or minced garlic and red pepper or cayenne pepper.

How to Cook Canned Beans and Season Them

Open a can of black beans with a can opener. Do not drain them. Place beans in a boiler or saucepan if you are cooking them on the stovetop. If you are using the microwave or oven pour them in a small casserole dish.

Add cumin, onion powder, garlic powder or fresh minced garlic and red pepper or cayenne pepper and stir well. See recipe card below for measurements.

Heat on stovetop on medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Alternately heat in a 400°F oven for 15 minutes until hot and bubbling.

For the microwave heating method, cover casserole dish with paper towel and heat for about 3 minutes or until hot. The reheat button on the microwave works well instead of setting the time. Keep an eye on it toward the end of cooking time so you don’t overcook and dry them out!

Since the canned beans are already cooked they just need to be heated well for the spices to blend.


Sauté onions, garlic and diced tomatoes in olive oil in a small skillet on the stove on medium-high heat. Cook until onions are tender. Add beans and heat thoroughly. You can also combine the sautéed mixture with the canned beans and bake in a casserole dish in the oven until hot and bubbling.

Add lime juice after cooking to add some acidic flavor that blends well with Mexican dishes or tacos.

Pro Tips

Serve beans in a small bowl and use a spoon to get every drop of the seasoned liquid.

If using for tacos, use a slotted spoon to drain before adding to taco shells or taco salad.

Refrigerate leftovers and use within a week.


Are canned beans already cooked?

Yes, they are fully cooked and ready to serve.

Do you have to heat canned beans?

No. They can be eaten out of the can or drained and used in salads and other dishes.

Can you freeze canned beans that are leftover?

Yes. Previously heated canned beans can be cooled and frozen for one to two months. Add water when reheating to maintain moisture so they won’t dry out.

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Canned black beans heated in the oven or on the stove and seasoned with a few spices for an amazing side dish.
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How to Season Canned Black Beans

Add a few spices to a can of black beans for amazing flavor that is like a 5 star restaurant side dish!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Diet: Diabetic, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 200kcal
Cost: $5


  • 1 can black beans
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder (or fresh chopped or minced garlic)
  • tsp red pepper


  • Open can of black beans and pour into baking dish if baking in oven or skillet or pot if cooking on stovetop. Do not drain beans.
  • Add seasonings: cumin, onion powder, garlic powder or fresh minced garlic, and red pepper.
  • Place dish in oven at 400°F if baking and bake for 15 minutes or until hot and bubbling. If cooking on stovetop cook on medium heat stirring occasionally until hot.
  • Remove dish from oven or skillet from stovetop and serve. They serve best in a small bowl for a side dish.
  • If using for tacos, us a slotted spoon to drain the juice before adding to taco filling. Would also make a good burrito or enchilada filling.
  • Refrigerate leftovers for up to one week.


Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary according to ingredients and amounts used.
Easy canned black beans recipe is quick for a healthy side dish or Mediterranean Diet Recipe.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7.7g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Fiber: 14g | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4mg

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