How To Cook Canned Black Beans And Make Them Tastier

How to cook canned black beans? I am pretty certain that once in your life, you have asked this question already. Of course, there's a possibility that a particular moment is a reason why you are here in the first place.


For starters, let me tell you that black beans that came directly out of the can are already delicious. If you are a lover of black beans like me, you will really arrive on the same sentiments.

Do you have to cook black beans? Not really anymore. You would only want to do it if you improve the flavor of the black beans or you want to achieve a different kind of flavor.

Here, I am going to teach the ropes of cooking them. Let's get started.

Before I discuss the means on how to cook these delectable black beans, you need to have a basic grasp of them first.

Black beans, which are also known as black turtle beans, are versatile ingredients. Obviously, this particular legume has a black color and noticeably smaller compared to some other beans. You can see these black beans being used in making burritos, salads, sandwiches, and other Latin delicacies.

Black beans come with a nutty and earthy taste. The flavor is full but provides a decent undertone than can sufficiently improve the overall appeal of the food that you are cooking. At this point, you might want to learn how to make canned beans!

Are Canned Black Beans Safe?

Are Canned Black Beans Safe?

Can you eat black beans out of the can? Of course, you can! (pun intended)

While it is true that they are best eaten when they are still fresh, preserving them in cans is not a bad idea either. The quality of these black beans doesn't deteriorate whenever you put them into a container for preserving. They are safe to be preserved, as long as the procedure is clean and appropriate.

Many of the qualms about these black beans are the fact that people are uncertain if these black beans are cooked or not. The answer to that question is a definite no. These black beans, although safe to be eaten right from the can, are just pre-cooked. Technically, that's not cooked at all.

How To Cook Canned Black Beans

Albeit to popular belief, cooking black beans is relatively simple. Furthermore, there are multiple methods that you can try to ensure that the black beans are adequately seasoned.

First, you need to learn how to prepare canned black beans. The process is relatively simple. You have to make sure first that the liquid or water that comes with the black beans are drained. After the water has been fully drained, rinse the black beans with the use of clean water.

Once you can do this, you are ready to cook the black beans. By the way, canned black beans don't need to be soaked in the water before you can cook them. On the other hand, the raw and dried ones have to be soaked first.

How To Cook Canned Black Beans On Stove

The most popular method of cooking canned black beans is through the stove. It is easy and doesn't require elevated cooking skills to execute. Here are the steps on how you can do this.

  • The first thing that you need to do is to drain the water from the can. Use a clean strainer to do this process. You don't need the liquid of the can to be cooked together with the black beans.
  • If you happen to have seasoned canned black beans, you should not drain the contents that come with the black beans. Instead, what you need to do is to open the can and pour all of its contents to the pot so that you can proceed in cooking. These extra additives in the container help in improving the flavor of the black beans.
    Keep in mind that black beans are further improved if they are prepared with heat, smoke, salt, and other spices. It is for that reason why you should never dump the ingredients that comes with seasoned black beans.
  • Pour some cooking oil on the pan and set the stove in the medium-heat setting. You can also include sliced onion to the mixture to enhance its flavor. After the pan is already heated, you can pour the canned beans there. Stir the mixture properly and let it simmer for a couple of minutes. You don't need too much time in cooking the black beans to the stove.
  • After cooking, turn off the stove and let your black beans stay there for a while. Once the beans are moderately cool, you can already eat them. But if you want to spice up things, you can add them to other dishes such as sandwiches or tacos. You can also include them in salad and delicacies that include rice and corn. Cooked black beans are also the perfect side dish to chicken and other meat products.

How To Cook Canned Black Beans On Oven

You can also cook canned black beans through your oven. Again, the process is pretty simple. Just follow the procedures below!

  • Same as the stove, you need to drain the water from the can if the black beans are not seasoned. If it is seasoned, don't chuck the seasonings out.
  • Prepare a baking dish and spray it with non-stick oil. You need this because beans have a habit of sticking to your cooking utensils, especially when they are heated.
  • Meanwhile, cook bacon and onions together in a frying pan. Put your stove into a medium heat setting.
  • Once the onion and bacon are already cooked, mix them with the black beans in the baking dish. Depending on the size of your baking dish, you might need more or fewer ingredients. Just try to estimate things accordingly.
  • If you are done putting the ingredients in the baking dish, cover the latter with an oven-safe aluminum foil. After that, place the baking dish in the oven and set the device to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure that the placement of the baking dish is in the middle rack of the oven. Let it stay there for 30 minutes or until such time the beans are steaming hot already!

Extra Tips:

  • When dealing with seasoned black beans, adding extra salt or spices are not necessary anymore. They are already seasoned, so putting more seasonings will just worsen their flavor.
  • Some people think that it is okay to cook black beans while they are still on the can. While it is true that the can is a sturdy material, it was not designed for cooking purposes. In learning how to heat up canned black beans, make sure that you don't do it on the can or the container itself.


These are some of the given methods on how to cook canned black beans. Doing any of them can help you improve the taste of black beans, especially if you feel that the uncooked ones are bland. Just follow the instructions that I listed in this guide so that you can fully maximize the sumptuous flavor of these beans! Whether you eat them raw or cooked, one cannot deny that these black beans are truly succulent!

That's it for now. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to drop them in the comment section below.

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