Spicy Black Beans Recipe

April 11, 2024 - Country Cooking

This Spicy Black Beans Recipe turns an inexpensive bag of dried beans into a large bowl of super flavorful and creamy black beans. Makes a great side dish for any Mexican meal.

Top with red onion, pickled jalapeno slices, cilantro, and a little cotija cheese and you’ll swear you never tasted black beans so good. Since beans by themselves are very bland, I think they are an ideal food for making really spicy.

Add Some Spice

These beans get heat from a couple of sources. There’s 3 diced jalapeno peppers, some chili powder and chipotle TABASCO Sauce. If you haven’t tried Chipotle TABASCO Sauce, try it. It is by far my favorite flavor of TABASCO Sauce. I almost can’t eat scrambled eggs without it. What I love about it is it has a wonderful smokey flavor and it is less spicy than regular TABASCO. That means wou can add a whole lot more without it getting flaming hot. 

Ingredients Notes

Black Beans– you will need 1 pound of dried black beans.

Chicken Broth– vegetable broth can be used if you want to make it vegetarian.

Onion– either sweet or yellow.

Jalapenos– I find 3 to be just the right amount. Use fewer if you want your beans less spicy.

Garlic Cloves– can substitute a teaspoon of garlic powder.

Ground Cumin– adds a nice earthy flavor.

Chili Powder– use a regular chili powder or ancho or chipotle chili powder for more flavor.

Bay Leaf– adds additional flavor.

Chipotle TABASCO Sauce– by far my favorite TABASCO sauce and so good with anything Mexican. You can substitute with another hot sauce. Cholulu is a good choice.

Lime Juice– acidity brings out the other flavors.

Recipe Tip

Naturally, a chipotle-flavored hot sauce goes fantastically with anything Mexican. If you don’t have Chipotle TABASCO Sauce, I would use Cholula hot sauce and a chipotle chili powder so you at least get some of the smokey chipotle flavor.

Soak and Then Cook

You will need to plan ahead to soak the beans for 8 hours. Then they will slow cook for 2 1/2 hours during which they break down some and turn the cooking liquid into a thick gravy. So good!

How To Serve

These Spicy Black Beans will make a great side to any Mexican meal. They go great with quesadillas, tacos, and burritos! I especially love them with Baked Chicken Chimichangas and Lightened Up Salsa Verde Enchiladas. When serving them, I like to top them with diced red onion, pickled jalapenos, chopped fresh cilantro, and crumbled Cotija cheese.

Try These Other Mexican Sides

Mexican Coleslaw

Mexican Rice

Mexican Chorizo Rice

Tex-Mex Pasta Salad

Slow Cooker Spicy Pinto Beans


Spicy Black Beans

This Spicy Black Beans Recipe turns an inexpensive bag of dried beans into a large bowl of super flavorful and creamy black beans. Makes a great side dish for any Mexican meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Keyword Cinco de Mayo, dried beans
Prep Time 10 minutes minutes
Cook Time 2 hours hours 30 minutes minutes
Soak the Beans 8 hours hours
Total Time 10 hours hours 40 minutes minutes
Servings 8
Calories 209kcal



1 pound dried black beans1 (32-ounce) container chicken broth1 sweet or yellow onion, sliced3 diced jalapenos2 garlic cloves, minced2 teaspoons ground cumin1 teaspoon chili powder1 bay leaf1 teaspoon chipotle Tabasco sauce1 to 2 teaspoons lime juicesliced red onion, pickled jalapenos, and crumbled Cotija cheese for serving


Place black beans in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Let soak for 8 hours. Drain.
Combine drained beans, chicken broth, onion, jalapeno, garlic, cumin, chili powder, bay leaf, and Tabasco sauce in a Dutch oven.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Uncover and simmer for another 30 minutes. Add a little water if it get too thick before the beans are tender.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and add lime juice.
Serve with red onion, pickled jalapenos, and crumbled cotija cheese.


Another brand of hot sauce can be used. I also like Cholulu. 

Vegetable broth can be used to make this recipe vegetarian.

Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 429mg | Potassium: 899mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3mg

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Originally published April 18, 2020.

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