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.

Recipe for Chipotle Black Beans

  • 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

How to Make Chipotle Black Beans

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

Black Beans from Chipotle

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.

Are Chipotle Black Beans Vegan?

Yes, Chipotle's black beans are vegan and this recipe is also vegan. However, if you purchase a bowl at the restaurant they may come into contact with non-vegan ingredients during preparation or service, so making them at home will ensure you can control the ingredients.

Are Chipotle Black Beans Spicy?

There are no outright spices that have “heat” in them, necessarily. However, if you have a sensitive palette (like my husband does) you may find the cumin to be spicy.

Does Chipotle Use Canned Beans?

Our copycat recipe does use canned beans, but you could easily use cooked dried beans if you prefer. You will need to adjust the cook time accordingly.

Chipotle uses both canned and cooked dried beans for their black beans. They start with whole dried black beans, which are cooked on-site with water and salt, and they also use canned black beans as a backup when needed. The beans are used to make their black bean dishes, such as the black bean burrito and the black bean bowl.

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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

Ingredients

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  • 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

Instructions

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

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22 Comments

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

      1. Thanks! We made both tonight and they were delicious!

      2. Have there been anymore recipes in this series yet? i was looking for the chicken but was not able to find it!

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

    1. Savings Lifestyle: Tiffany says:

      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.

    2. Excellent recipe! I used 1/2 lb. dried black beans and wanted to pass along the method…
      Directions:
      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. 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. :)

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

  4. 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.

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

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

  5. 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. On the restaurant’s website it mentions oregano.

  7. Barbara O says:

    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!!

    1. 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. says:

    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 :)

    1. 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 says:

    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.

    Thanks!

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