Easy Black Bean Recipes

Black bean recipes can be as simple or as complex as your heart desires. Black beans are a diverse food used in many different styles of ethnic cooking, so it's easy to find any kind of black bean recipe you may need depending on what's in your pantry.

The easiest black bean recipe of all may be salsa. Simply pour a jar of salsa and a can of black beans into a bowl. Stir, and it's ready to serve. However, salsa is so easy to make from scratch and tastes so much better when homemade that it's a shame not to put more ingredients into it.

Mild Black Bean Salsa Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need:
1 cup black beans (canned, 8 oz)
1 cup diced beefsteak tomato (divided)
?" cup diced red onion
2 tablespoons diced chives
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon diced, fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons diced, fresh parsley
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon lime juice
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt

Stir together black beans, ?" cup tomato, onion and chives in a medium bowl.

Pour ?" cup tomato, olive oil, cilantro, parsley, garlic, lime juice, pepper and salt into a blender. Blend until mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour mixture from blender over black bean mixture. Mix well. Serve as is, or place in a covered container and refrigerate for a few hours first.

If you want something with a little more spice, add some chopped green jalapeno or banana peppers to the blender before blending. You can also try a little crushed red pepper, dried chipotle pepper or plain chili pepper.

Hickory Bacon and Black Beans Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need:
½ cup cooked and crumbled bacon (4 large slices)
¼ cup diced green onion
1 15-ounce can black beans
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon hickory liquid smoke

Cook bacon in a large skillet. Once crispy, remove bacon from skillet, and crumble into a bowl. Using the bacon fat, sauté the green onions over medium heat for 1 minute. Pour onions into bowl with crumbled bacon.

Discard all of the excess bacon fat, leaving only a light layer covering the skillet. Drain the black beans and carefully pour them into the skillet. Stir bacon mixture into beans. Stir together water, vinegar, ketchup and liquid smoke in a small bowl, and then pour mixture into beans. Cook black bean mixture, stirring frequently, for about four to six minutes, or until beans are hot. Remove skillet from stove, and serve.

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