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Chipotle Black Beans Recipe

We’re building Chipotle Burrito Bowls, one recipe at a time. We’ve already covered Cilantro Lime Rice. Today we’re making Chipotle Black Beans, which also happen to be vegetarian and soooo good!

If you just want to learn how to make black beans, this recipe will become a staple on your list of favorite recipes. These are SO easy to make since they take no time at all to prepare. These Chipotle Black Beans would make a wonderful 15 minute dinner served over rice, along with a salad. You could also use them to make quesadillas, beans and rice, or dip with chips.

Chipotle 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

Chipotle Black Beans Directions

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

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.

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Chipotle Black Beans Recipe

This black beans recipe are mistaken for the Chipotle's version all the time!

  • Author: Andrea Deckard


  • 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


  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.

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About Andrea Deckard

Andrea Deckard is a personal finance expert and speaker. She lives by the following motto, "save on what you need so you can spend on what you want." She started Savings Lifestyle in 2008, and long-time readers remember the site as Mommy Snacks. Andrea is a go-to resource on frugal living for local news outlets such as WDTN, WGRR, and as well as national outlets like Good Morning America. She has also been featured in multiple national publications.


  1. Katie on March 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm

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

  2. nikki on March 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

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

    • Savings Lifestyle: Tiffany on March 8, 2012 at 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 on September 18, 2014 at 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.

  3. alex on March 31, 2013 at 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 on April 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm

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

  4. Heather on June 2, 2013 at 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.

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on June 3, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Heather, awesome! Thanks for sharing how it turned out for you!

    • Taw an on September 14, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      If making from dry beans, what liquid would you use and how much?

      • Tenaj on September 14, 2015 at 8:15 pm

        Gotta love Siri for auto-correcting my name. Lol!

  5. Amy on October 15, 2013 at 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.

  6. DawnT on July 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    On the restaurant’s website it mentions oregano.

  7. Barbara O on March 3, 2015 at 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 on March 4, 2015 at 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!

  8. Melissa B. on April 14, 2015 at 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 on April 15, 2015 at 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!

  9. cheffeelove on November 18, 2016 at 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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