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Best How to Cook Canned Black Beans On the Stove

Black beans straight out of the can are pretty darn good, but please let me show you the BEST How to Cook Canned Black Beans on the Stove! It’s easy and those canned black beans will be seasoned perfectly!

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Here’s how to turn a can of black beans into one of your favorite recipes! Plus, who doesn’t want to know how to cook pinto beans in the crockpot, in the oven, in a microwave, the instant pot (pressure cooker), as well as  how to cook a can of beans on the stove.

When you don’t need beans so quickly, let me show you a great way to cook dried beans, I encourage you to look at The Secret to Perfect Old Fashioned Pinto Beans which includes saute onions, dry beans, bell pepper and red pepper flakes for old fashioned goodness.

How To Cook Canned Black 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 canned cooking 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 olive 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

For the easy way to cook canned black beans, you’ll want to drain the beans first. Place the beans in a medium saucepan and over medium-high heat and add chicken broth 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 and you’ll be in business.

The cooking time is a little less important since the beans are already cooked. They make a delicious side dish and are a perfect plant-based protein.


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

They have a wonderful 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 (like chili powder).

The black beans in a can are simply the most easy recipe to use.


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 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.


There is the technical answer and the practical answer.  

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.

dry black beans in a wooden bowl.


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

  • Canned black beans do NOT need to be soaked before cooking them.
  • DRY black beans, then YES, they do need to be soaked before cooking them.


  • 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.
  • Great paired with cilantro lime rice.
  • 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.
  • Cayenne pepper (just a pinch) and ground cumin is the best way to add a lot of flavor (yes, it’s a hot sauce spicy type flavor), but is a favorite black bean recipes for busy weeknights.
  • PRO TIP: Our favorite way to enjoy black beans is seasoned as per the recipe below and then add a dollop of sour cream and a little fresh cilantro and then a sprinkle of fresh lime juice.
  • To deal with leftover black beans, place leftover beans in an airtight container and place in the fridge for up to 5 days. Then rewarm using a low simmer over low heat. 
  • To make some refried black beans recipe using cans of black beans, simply mix the ingredients from the recipe together and use a potato masher and enough water to make the right consistency to smash about half of the beans.


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).

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.


Prepare a 4 quart Crockpot with cooking spray.

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.


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. Delete the onions and 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.

How To Cook Canned Black Beans in the Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)

​Using the sear function, cut the bacon into small pieces and cook bacon and onions till done. 

Mix the ingredients together as directed in the recipe below. Increase the chicken broth to 1 cup. Set the time for 1 minute on full pressure cook. Release the pressure as soon as one minute has passed. Serve hot. 

More Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How Long Will These Last?

5 days if kept covered in the fridge.

Can I Freeze This Recipe?

Yes. Store in a freezer safe container, remove as much air as possible and freeze for up to 3 months.

Watch Me Make These Canned Black Beans


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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
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Cook Canned Black Beans on the Stove
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 279kcal


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


  • 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 chicken broth.
  • 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


  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Canned Black Beans on the Stove
Amount Per Serving (7.5 oz)
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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This article originally appeared on the pages of Loaves and Dishes on July 8, 2018 and has been updated with new photos, updated text, recipe changes, equipment and more tips and tricks.


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Recipe Rating

Aletha Cates

Saturday 13th of November 2021

I tried your recipe without rinsing the beans and I loved how my beans came out. Thank you for sharing and God bless!

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

I'm glad you enjoyed them!


Wednesday 20th of October 2021

Yummy! I made the vegan version, without bacon, and used fresh garlic instead of powder and stevia instead of sugar. Very tasty with my vegan tacos!

Wendi Spraker

Friday 22nd of October 2021

Wonderful Laura!


Saturday 11th of September 2021


Wendi Spraker

Monday 13th of September 2021

Hi Katherine, Let me know how it turns out!

Dolores Donnell

Saturday 7th of November 2020

Thank-you to help me cook my can of seasoned black beans...I am more confident now... I'll go and do del

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 8th of November 2020

Hi Del, Thanks for leaving a comment and I hope your beans were all that you expected and wanted! :)


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.


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