Easy Chipotle Black Beans Recipe

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This copycat Chipotle Black Beans recipe is just as healthy and flavorful as the fast food side dish. Serve them over rice bowls or add them to burritos, quesadillas, and salads.

If you want to try more Chipotle copycat recipes, check out my Chipotle Corn Salsa recipe next.

black beans in a bowl over rice

Make this Chipotle black beans recipe in just 30 minutes. Simmer canned black beans with sautéed onions and a blend of spices for a quick, easy, and delicious side dish. The combination of flavors creates a rich, savory taste that works with a variety of meals!

Why you will love Chipotle Black Beans:

Healthy! This hearty protein-packed dish is not only delicious but also nutritious. Black beans are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and essential vitamins, making this recipe a healthy addition to any meal.

Simple! We use canned beans instead of dried beans so there’s no soaking time required.

Versatile! Add beans to any meal. Wrap it inside a tortilla, serve it over rice, or just eat it by the spoonful. It’s THAT good!

Better Than Takeout! Recreating Chipotle recipes is a more affordable way to enjoy your favorite menu items.

black beans over rice

Ingredients for Chipotle Black Beans Recipe

To make this black bean recipe from Chipotle, you will need the following ingredients:

  1. Olive oil: Chipotle cooks their beans with bran oil but olive oil is more accessible. Both are healthy cooking oils rich in unsaturated fats, which can help lower cholesterol levels and support heart health.
  2. Yellow onion: The natural sweetness adds a flavorful base to the beans. Be sure to dice them.
  3. Garlic paste: This adds a deep, savory flavor.
  4. Black beans: Drain and rinse the beans so we can season the beans how we’d like.
  5. Water: You need liquid to create a simmering liquid that helps meld all the flavors together while keeping the beans moist and tender.
  6. Seasoning: For an earthy, peppery depth, season your black beans with ground cumin, ground oregano, salt, and pepper.
  7. Bay leaf: This adds an aromatic touch to the beans, as well as a subtle herbal note.
overhead view of canned black beans
diced onions in a small bowl
seasoning for chipotle black beans recipe

How to Make Chipotle Black Beans

Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil, allowing it to warm up for about 30 seconds. Add the diced onions and sauté them for approximately 2 minutes, stirring constantly until they become translucent.

sautéed onions in a pan

Next, stir in the garlic paste and sauté for another 10-15 seconds. Then, add the drained and rinsed black beans into the pot.

a pot of black beans

Pour in the water and mix in the ground cumin, oregano, bay leaf, salt, and pepper, ensuring everything is well combined.

seasoning added to black beans in a pot

Cover the pot with a lid, reduce the heat to low, and let the beans simmer for 30 minutes.

beans simmering in a pot

During this time, occasionally check on the beans to make sure they have enough water and aren’t sticking to the bottom of the pot.

a spoonful of black beans over a pot

Finally, taste the beans and adjust the salt if needed. Serve immediately and enjoy this delicious and easy side dish!

Tips and Variations

  • For a smoky kick, add chipotle peppers in adobo and simmer.
  • You can swap water for vegetable broth for more flavor.
  • To make this recipe with dried black beans, soak 1 cup of dried beans overnight, then drain, rinse, and cook them until tender (about 1-1.5 hours). Then use the cooked beans in place of canned beans, following the recipe as usual and adjusting the simmering time if needed.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat black beans in the microwave. You can also reheat them on the stove over medium heat. Add a splash of water if needed to loosen up the beans.
a wooden spoon containing beans


The fast food chain uses Condor, Blackhawk, Domino, Valentine, and Black Magic varieties of black beans.

No. Chipotle uses a processing company to prepare the beans. They’re shipped to the store in sealed bags, then reheated and seasoned with lime juice and salt.

Yes. Chipotle uses bran oil. You can use olive oil or canola oil as a substitute if it’s easier to find.

Yes. This legume is rich in protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals that promote overall health. It’s a nutritious addition to any meal.

a spoonful of cooked beans

More delicious side dishes you’ll love

chipotle black beans over white rice
Yield: 4 servings

Easy Chipotle Black Beans Recipe

Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This copycat Chipotle Black Beans recipe is just as healthy and flavorful as the fast food side dish. Serve them over rice bowls or add them to burritos, quesadillas, and salads.


  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • ½ Yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic paste
  • 2 cans 15 ounce Black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ground oregano
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons Salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper


  1. Heat up a large pot over medium heat on the stove. Add the olive oil into the pot and let it heat up for about 30 seconds. Now add in the diced onions and saute them for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. 
  2. Once the onions are translucent, stir in the garlic paste and saute for about 10-15 seconds. Now pour in the rinsed and drained beans. 
  3. Pour the water over the beans, and add in your seasonings including the ground cumin, oregano, the bay leaf, salt and pepper. Stir everything together until it is fully incorporated. 
  4. Cover the pot with a lid and and reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Check on the beans occasionally to ensure they do not need more water or they aren’t sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if desired. Serve right away, and enjoy!

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