The best copycat Chipotle Black Beans made simply by using canned black beans! No soaking required and no special equipment needed to bring the taste of Chipotle to your home.
These copycat chipotle black beans are made of simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and spice rack! This easy recipe is going to become a staple for burrito night! It already is in mine. It's the perfect side dish for so many entrees.
I love going to Chipotle because they have fresh ingredients and a wide variety of vegan options. But making chipotle black beans at home is super easy and better on the wallet. Food is even more expensive right now so this black bean recipe is a great recipe to have saved for an affordable protein to add to your meals.
This easy chipotle black bean recipe is a stovetop recipe. No instant pot, electric pressure cooker or slow cooker needed! These black beans are super simple to pull together and most of the cooking time is inactive so you can prepare the rest of the meal.
- Canned Black Beans
- Bay Leaves
- Vegetable Broth
- Canned Black Beans: I wanted to make this black bean copycat recipe as easy as possible so I went with canned. This recipe is easy to bring together and tastes amazing. This recipe wasn't developed using dried beans so I don't recommend them. That being said, you can use canned pinto beans.
- Bay Leaf: Dried bay leaves bring a lot of flavor and I don't recommend leaving them out.
- Vegetable Broth: I like the added flavor that vegetable broth brings so I recommend it but you can also use water but you'll need to compensate by adding more salt.
- Onion & Garlic: The best flavor duo! Chop the onions up very small and brown on the pan before adding the remaining ingredients. This will bring in a lot of good flavor.
How to Make This Recipe
Heat olive oil or avocado oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Sauté onions until soft and starting to brown, about 5-7 minutes. You want the onion to start to brown because that will bring in a lot of flavor.
Mince the garlic cloves and add to the pot and cook for another 1-2 minutes before adding the bay leaves and the remaining spices and seasonings. Coat the onion and garlic in the seasonings and cook for a few seconds.
Add in the drained and rinsed black beans along with vegetable broth. Rinsing the black beans is very important so excess salt and starch is washed away.
Bring the black beans to a simmer and cover. Cook for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, take the lid off and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. The beans should be saucy still. The liquid won't absorb entirely but that's what you want. This helps the black beans from drying out and it has lots of flavor. And there ya have it! Chipotle style black beans right at home!
Tips & Tricks
- Make sure to drain and rinse the cans of black beans. This helps reduce the salt and starch.
- Don't get rid of the excess liquid after the beans are done. This helps keeps the black beans from drying out and it's full of flavor!
- After the beans are done, squeeze of lime juice and lemon juice! It adds a really incredible freshness to the beans.
- Serve with fresh cilantro!
These homemade chipotle black beans are perfect for burrito bowls!
- Make my Vegan Chicken Seitan and toss in chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, maple syrup and seasonings like paprika, garlic and onion for a really tasty spicy protein.
- Sauté red onions and bell peppers (I use a mix of red bell pepper and green bell pepper)
- Copycat Chipotle Style Cilantro Lime Rice!
- Salsa: Corn Salsa, Tomatillo Green Chili Salsa, Homemade Sour Cream, Fresh Pico & Guacamole!
More Chipotle Copycat Recipes:
- Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice (Rice Cooker Method!)
- The Best Corn Salsa (Chipotle Copycat)
- Tomatillo Green Chili Salsa
Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 to 5 days.
Yes, these black beans are delicious and make great meal prep! I recommend making a big batch and freezing in single serve portions and thawing it when needed.
Yes, the black and pinto beans are vegan friendly at Chipotle!
I love adding extra cayenne pepper or chili pepper for spice or a chopped up chipotle pepper in adobo sauce.
Disclaimer: This was simply inspired by Chipotle and not an exact recipe but my copycat black beans are incredibly delicious and are very flavorful and reminiscent of the black beans at Chipotle.
More Black Bean Recipes You Might Like:
- Roasted Vegetable & Black Bean Enchiladas
- Crispy Cheesy Black Bean & Potato Tacos
- Spicy Three Bean Butternut Squash Chili
If You Make This Recipe:
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The Best Chipotle Copycat Black Beans
- 1 tablespoon Avocado Oil or Vegetable Oil
- 1 medium-sized Yellow Onion minced
- 3-5 Garlic Cloves minced
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- ½ teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- ½ teaspoon Cumin
- ½ teaspoon Oregano
- ¼ teaspoon Coriander
- ½ teaspoon Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
- 2 cans Black Beans 30oz
- 2 cups Vegetable Broth
- 2 tablespoons Lime Juice or to taste
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice or to taste
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
- Mince the onion and cook until soft and starting to brown, about 5-7 minutes.
- Mince the garlic and add to the pot and cook for another 1-2 minutes before adding the bay leaves and the remaining spices and seasonings.
- Then, add in the drained and rinsed black beans along with vegetable broth.
- Bring the black beans to a simmer and cover. Cook for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, take the lid off and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!