Black Beans

Black Beans Dish Up Delish

My husband spent two years serving a mission for our Church in Porto Alegre Brazil. He had the time of his life sharing the Gospel and teaching the Brazillian people. One of the things he always talks about is the Black Beans and Rice they would eat every single day. He said the beans there were better than he has ever had before. I wouldn’t say these are exactly like the beans he had in Brazil, but they’re pretty darn good.

They are gently simmered with onion, garlic, plenty of spices and a good, generous squeeze of fresh lime juice. It adds wonderful flavor and aroma to the Black Beans. These beans are perfect as a side dish along with some rice or they can be used in my Cafe Rio style Sweet Pork Burritos! Enjoy!


Black Beans on Dish Up Delish

Black Beans
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Mexican style Black Beans seasoned with garlic, spices, and fresh lime.
Karissa Dodds:
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 5
  • 1 Tbsp. bacon grease or butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed (15 oz cans)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¾ tsp. garlic salt
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp. oregano
  • The juice from 1 large or 2 medium limes (1-2 Tbsp.)
  1. Melt bacon grease in a large skillet. Add diced onion and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring very often, until onion begins to soften.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except for the lime juice. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Gently simmer for about 10 minutes or until beans are soft and the consistency desired. If you want thicker beans, simmer at higher heat or for longer.
  3. Stir in the fresh lime juice and serve immediately.


I Love Comments!

  1. My son and his family live in Brazil and your DH is right about their beans. The thing is they are Carioca beans, not black beans, and it is illegal to export them out of Brazil – the Brazilian government has done that to ensure there will always be plenty for Brazilians. And that was smart because the rest of the world would eat them up – they are that good. But your black beans look pretty amazing too!

    • Wow, I didn’t know that Sandi! Thanks for the information. That’s very cool, I think. Hehe. Definitely enough for Brazil but none for us. Oh well. Guess that means I need to take a trip to Brazil!!

  2. I was searching the internet for something to do with a bunch of leftover pulled pork I have which my dear children refuse to eat just plain. Your Cafe Rio burritos look like just the ticket! Cafe Rio wasn’t around when I was at BYU (many moons ago…), but I did eat there once on a visit to Utah. Good stuff! I can’t wait to try it out. I wonder if my teenagers will know it’s filled with those “nasty” leftovers… 🙂 As a side note, my nephew served in the Porto Alegre North mission (his name is A. Gruwell) and his wife (J. Gee) did too. My son just happens to be in that same mission right now. Been there about 15 months now. I wonder if he’d get caught at customs if I asked him to smuggle some of those Carioca beans home in his suitcase…..