Copycat Recipe: Chipotle’s Vegetarian Black Beans

The following is a post from Tiffany at Eat at Home:

This post is part of a series. We're building Chipotle's Burrito Bowls, one recipe at a time. We've already covered Cilantro Lime Rice. Today we're making Chipotle's Vegetarian Black Beans.

You won't believe how easy these are to make. They would make a wonderful 15 minute dinner served over rice, along with a salad. You could also use them to make quesadillas or dip with chips.

Chipotle Vegetarian Black Beans Ingredients

  • 2 cans black beans, 1 drained and 1 undrained
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar

Cooking Directions

  1. Pour the beans into a small saucepan.
  2. Stir in the other ingredients.
  3. Heat over medium heat until hot.  Makes about 7 servings.

Restaurant At Home Comparison

The recipe makes about 7 servings and ingredients will cost around $2.  You will have to pick up a couple cans of the black beans and the garlic but you should find all the spices in your pantry.

To buy 7 sides at Chipotle would cost $5.60.  So less than half the cost, plus you save the gas to drive to the restaurant.

I'm pretty sure these are going to become a regular menu item in our house! Next up in our Chipotle Burrito Bowl series is Adobo Marinated Chicken. Don't miss it!

Super simple vegetarian black bean recipe that tastes just like what you get at Chipotle!

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by Savings Lifestyle: Tiffany on March 07, 2012


  • Katie - March 07, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    Yum! Thanks! Can you add a link to your Cilantro Lime Rice recipe? That would be super helpful!

  • nikki - March 07, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

    how would you make it with dried beans…in the crockpot would be great…

    • Savings Lifestyle: Tiffany - March 08, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

      I’ve never cooked black beans from dried beans before. I just cheat with the cans ;) But I think that Stephanie O’dea has a recipe on her site A Year of Slow Cooking. I’m sure it could be adapted with the spices in this recipe.

    • Brinn - September 18, 2014 @ 10:13 am

      Excellent recipe! I used 1/2 lb. dried black beans and wanted to pass along the method…
      The night before, soak the black beans in a large pot of water. The next day, rinse the beans, cover with 3 cups of fresh water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer covered for 1 hour, skimming off any foam. Add all the spices except salt, and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in salt and pepper (and optional lime juice) to taste.

  • alex - March 31, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    Ive been to Chipotle over 100 times..
    And yes that means Ive spent over 600 dollars!!!!!

    One thing I saw in the black beans was a dried leaf that seasoned the beans. I dont know what they are called right now but they have a pretty strong flavor. :)

    • Tiffany - April 22, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

      Alex, I bet it was a bay leaf. That sounds like a good addition to the seasonings!

  • Heather - June 02, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    I’m a Chipotle addict. I could never figure the right salt/spice mix but yours is perfect! Added it to my old crock pot black bean recipe and it was spot on–1/2 minced yellow onion, 4 cloves minced garlic, 2 minced jalapenos, 1 bay leaf, and (after 6 -8 hours on low in the crock pot) 1/4 cup minced cilantro.

  • Amy - October 15, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

    I’ve been to Chipotle, but never had their black beans. I was looking for a black bean side dish and found yours on Pinterest. I’ve made it 2 times since and my family of 4 (especially my 2 1/2 year old) love it. It is so, so simple and incredibly delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  • DawnT - July 13, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

    On the restaurant’s website it mentions oregano.

  • Barbara O - March 03, 2015 @ 8:07 pm

    This looks great! We don’t have a Chipotle around here, but I will try these bean soon! And BTW, there will be no need for me to pick up garlic-it is one of the staples in my pantry! It would be sort of like running out of milk around here!!

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea - March 04, 2015 @ 10:01 am

      Barbara, thanks for stopping by! And I’m right there with you on the garlic. I use it in everything and love my garlic press!

  • Melissa B. - April 14, 2015 @ 11:17 pm

    We moved to Hawaii about 3 years ago and sadly, no Chipotle anywhere on the island. I’m always trying to recreate meals my family loves from back home. Never tried the chili powder in the beans, going to give that a try tonight. Another trick to great black beans if anyone wants to try is a bay leaf and about a teaspoon (if that) of vinegar, I also like to add some cilantro. My kids love our chipotle burrito bowl night definitely a family favorite around here. Thanks for sharing your bean recipe :)

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea - April 15, 2015 @ 9:54 am

      Melissa, I’m totally jealous that you live in Hawaii! We visited Oahu last year and it was the best family vacation ever! I’m glad these recipes help you get your Chipotle fix!

  • cheffeelove - November 18, 2016 @ 2:22 pm

    So I added some onions, poblano and red peppers just because thats the way my fam likes their black beans. (Which btw are always dried, soaked and simmered. Thats the best way and my kids notice when I used canned so I just don’t anymore.)

    At this point I have the veggies and spices just marinating in a pan. Not even cooking yet. My point is that this mixture smells so amazing! This recipe is one to keep and I’m now going to peruse the rest of your awesome site.


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