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How to Cook Canned Black Beans on the Stove

Black beans straight out of the can are pretty darn good, but if you need to give them a little umph then please let me show you how to cook canned black beans on the stove. It’s easy and those canned black beans will be seasoned perfectly!

In this post, we will cover how to cook canned pinto beans in the crockpot, in the oven, in a microwave as well as  how to cook canned black beans on the stove. Today is a THREE FER day!

You might be having some questions about cooking black beans on the stove so, let’s start by answering those straight away by talking  How to Cook Canned Black Beans on the Stove.

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Black Beans

How To Cook Canned Beans

To Cook Canned Beans of ANY kind, first, discard the liquid in the can and rinse the beans if the liquid is thick. While this liquid won’t hurt you, it doesn’t taste good. Add back ½ cup of water or broth and heat for at least 30 minutes on low to allow the flavors to marry.

Be sure to add your favorite seasonings and some fat (like oil) to make the beans taste perfect. If this is your first go, you’ll want to follow the recipe below.

How To Cook Canned Black Beans

To cook canned black beans, you’ll want to drain the beans first and rinse as well. Place the beans in a saucepan and add water or chicken stock back to the beans. Cook the beans on medium and then season with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and a pinch of cayenne. Add a little fat like butter or bacon and you’ll be in business.

WHAT ARE BLACK BEANS?

Black beans, also called black turtle beans are a smaller black colored bean that is popular in Latin cooking and are perfect with rice, corn, on salads, in burritos or on sandwiches.

They have a wonderful full and slightly nutty taste that make them a preferred bean for eating as a topping on another dish. Often, black beans taste best with a little spice.

Regardless of how you will use your black beans, the black beans in a can are simply the most easy to use especially when talking How to Cook Canned Black Beans on the Stove

DO YOU NEED TO RINSE THE BLACK BEANS?

There is some degree of disagreement regarding this in the food community, but I say, “No need to rinse the beans”. Instead, I instruct that you SHOULD DRAIN your black beans before starting to cook.

Simply strain them through a strainer or your fingers and you’ll be ready to start cooking.

IF you have the already SEASONED BLACK BEANS, do not pour off the liquid in the can because this liquid contains a lot of the spices for your dish. Simply dump the entire contents of your can into your saucepan and you are ready to go.

ARE BLACK BEANS IN THE CAN ALREADY COOKED?

So…For this answer, there is the technical answer and the practical answer. What you really want to know is, “Is it safe to eat the beans straight from the can?”  

The answer is, “yes, it is fine to eat the beans straight from the can”. But, “Are the black beans in the can already cooked?” is especially relevant and The answer is no, they have been slightly precooked and then canned.

While The canning process does cook the beans somewhat and they are safe to eat as is. But WHY would you want to? Let me give you a quick recipe for how to spice up your black beans and make them SCRUMPTIOUS!

DO BLACK BEANS NEED TO BE SOAKED BEFORE COOKING THEM?

First of all, Check the kind of beans you have..

  • Canned black beans do NOT need to be soaked before cooking them.
  • DRIED black beans, then YES, they do need to be soaked before cooking them.
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How to Cook Canned Black Beans on the Stove

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR HOW TO COOK CANNED BLACK BEANS ON THE STOVE

  • First of all, Drain the water from the can off of the beans before starting your cooking project
  • If you have SEASONED CANNED BLACK BEANS, don’t do anything to them except open the can and dump it in the sauce pot to heat.
  • In addition, Black Beans, like most things in the kitchen improve with the addition of salt, spicy heat, acid, fat and smoke and that is why the ingredients for the recipe are as they are.
  • Once your canned black beans are cooked on the stove, they will be ready for any dish you want to add them to OR you can simply eat them plain.
  • In addition, Black Beans are terrific added to a burrito or taco, added to a salad, mixed with corn, mixed with rice, as a side to chicken or even eaten plain.
  • Finally, You are going to read the ingredients listed here and you are going to say to yourself, “Sugar?”. The answer is, ‘Yes. Sugar. Just trust me”.

HOW TO COOK CANNED BLACK BEANS IN THE OVEN

Using the recipe listed below for stovetop direction, drain your beans. Spray a baking dish with non stick spray.

Cook your onions and bacon together in a frying pan over medium heat on the stove top. Then, Mix all of the ingredients together well in a small baking dish (about 1-2 quart size). If you have a larger baking dish (9×13), you’ll need to double or even triple the recipe.

Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, preheat the oven to 350, place the baking dish on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 30 minutes until the beans are bubbling hot.

HOW TO COOK CANNED BLACK BEANS IN THE CROCKPOT

You will need to double or triple the ingredients below depending on the size of your crockpot. Using the recipe listed below for stove top directions, drain your beans, and prepare your crockpot with nonstick spray.

For more flavor, you might want to precook your onions and bacon together in a frying pan over medium heat on the stovetop, but it isn’t necessary to do so.

Then Mix all of the ingredients, including the beans together in a medium sized bowl.

Pour the ingredients together into the crockpot and place on low. Beans will be ready in 4 hours.

HOW TO COOK CANNED BLACK BEANS IN THE MICROWAVE

Using the recipe below in the recipe box, you will need to cook the bacon on a paper towel in the microwave first, then break it into pieces and mix together with the rest of the ingredients. You will want to leave the onions off and instead substitute 1 tsp of onion powder.

Then, simply place all of the ingredients together in a medium sized microwave bowl and microwave on high at first for 2 minutes. Stir, then heat in 1 minute intervals checking and stirring until heated through.

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How to Cook Canned Black Beans on the Stove

A simple recipe for how to cook canned black beans on the stove
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black beans, canned black beans
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 279kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs butter
  • ½ slice bacon cut into small pieces
  • 2 slices onion chopped
  • 15 oz can unseasoned black beans. Drained
  • ½ Cup water
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp taco seasoning
  • ½ tsp granulated white sugar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter until just soft.
  • Place the small pieces of bacon into the butter and cook until softened. Add the chopped onion and continue cooking until the onion is soft.
  • Add the drained beans all at once followed by the water.
  • Add the garlic powder, taco seasoning and sugar.
  • Heat over medium heat until the beans are bubbly and fragrant.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish as you please with jalapeno, cilantro or serve beans with rice, chicken, corn or in a burrito, taco, over a salad, etc

Notes

  • First of all, Drain the water from the can off of the beans before starting your cooking project
  • If you have SEASONED CANNED BLACK BEANS, don’t do anything to them except open the can and dump it in the sauce pot to heat.  
  • In addition, Black Beans, like most things in the kitchen improve with the addition of salt, spicy heat, acid, fat and smoke and that is why the ingredients for the recipe are as they are.
  • Once your canned black beans are cooked on the stove, they will be ready for any dish you want to add them to OR you can simply eat them plain.
  • In addition, Black Beans are terrific added to a burrito or taco, added to a salad, mixed with corn, mixed with rice, as a side to chicken or even eaten plain.
  • Finally, You are going to read the ingredients listed here and you are going to say to yourself, “Sugar?”.  The answer is, ‘Yes. Sugar. Just trust me”.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Canned Black Beans on the Stove
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 911mg38%
Potassium 675mg19%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 14g56%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A VERSE TO SHARE

There is a favorite saying of mine, “If it’s important to you, you will find a way and if it isn’t, you’ll find an excuse”. This all points back to one of my rules for life, “When someone tells you who they are, believe them”.

Often, we run across folks who like to say that they are our friends, but when the chips are down, what happens? This is when someone is telling you exactly who they are and you should absolutely believe them.

Jesus tells a similar parable in which a rich man prepares a dinner party for his friends but when the appointed time for the dinner party arrives, the honored guests all have excuses for why they can’t come.

PARABLE OF THE GREAT BANQUET

The rich man then sends his servants out into the streets and tells them to find anyone they can to come and partake of the feast since the honored guests can’t be bothered to attend.

I’m no Bible scholar, but I believe this parable has something to do with those of the Jewish faith who refused to believe that Jesus is the messiah who fulfills the prophecies. Therefore, those of us who are not Jewish and are not the favored are invited to the table, so to speak. 

It’s important to remember this simple lesson in day to day life as well. How many times have I butted my head on a door that was open or conversely, butted my head against a wall that I thought was a door? Ummmm…… like every day.

GUILTY?

I’m often guilty of thinking that I can help someone if I can JUST make them see that they only need to do (fill in the blank) and then I go miles and miles and miles to help them with seeing the point.

What I need to learn is “if it is important to them, they will find a way and if it isn’t, they will find an excuse Wendi. When someone tells you (with their actions) who they are, believe them”. Instead, perhaps I should look to those who can also benefit from the ways that I can help them and go with that instead.

I tried that this past week concerning some business decisions and guess what happened? God blessed that effort. Thank you Jesus for continuing to knock on my own hard head. I appreciate being invited to your party even though I wasn’t part of the chosen party to begin with.

Luke 14: 15-24

When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”

Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

THE EXCUSES

“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’

“Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’

 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

A REPORT BACK

 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’

“‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’

 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”

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Tracy

Saturday 26th of September 2020

I often relish black beans sweet soup and ever added seasoning as well as a little fat. Maybe this recipe is suitable in the main course, not a dessert. Such a great recipe for my family. Thanks a lot!

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 27th of September 2020

Hi Tracy, Thanks for leaving a comment. No, I wouldn't consider it a dessert for sure. Glad you enjoyed it.

Heather Martin

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

I GREATLY enjoyed and appreciate your site and outstanding information on cooking canned black beans. I have recently learned my glucose is somewhat high, so I began researching as to what foods are recommended to lower it through nutrition, exercise, and foods. Black beans rank high on the list of recommendations, and your upbeat and jovial site was well organized, thorough, and informative. I will tomorrow try the recipe you have shared. Thank You so Very Much!

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

Hi Heather! What a blessing you are! Thank you so much for the sweet comment and I hope you LOVE the beans!

Erin Zebroski

Monday 13th of July 2020

SOOOO good!! I used black beans that had jalapenos mixed with them, and the recipe was PERFECTION! It was a great side dish for chicken and spanish rice!! It was even picky hubby approved!!

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

Hi Erin, Thanks for coming back and leaving a comment, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

BettyF

Saturday 11th of July 2020

Wendi... dont drain the black beans! Just add some salt! Delicious with white rice, chicken or fish... and a salad uhm.

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 11th of July 2020

Hi Betty, Thanks for leaving a comment! I have to say though that we will just have to disagree about draining black beans (or any beans), unless the beans have an added flavoring I always drain them. I think the juice has a "can" taste and prefer to rinse it off. But I agree that black beans are delicious with all kinds of things and your suggestions for what to have them with are on point.

Diya

Friday 26th of June 2020

I just made your recipe and we loved it! Thank you 🙂

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 27th of June 2020

Hi Diya, Thank you so much for leaving me a comment, I appreciate it more than you can know! I'm tickled that you loved the beans! Have a wonderful weekend!

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