How to Cook Black Beans on the Stove (Vegetarian)

how to cook black beans

I cook black beans almost every week, for my weekly meal prep. They are one of my favorite superfoods –  full of protein and antioxidants, and it’s super convenient to eat them in a variety of ways, from salads to soups to bowls. Although I am a meat eater, sometimes I make vegetarian meals, and I eat black beans where I usually have chicken, beef, fish or pork.

how to cook black beans

I am a purist who prefers dry black beans over canned beans. Health reasons aside; dried black beans are less expensive, and they stretch out further when it comes to cost per meal. To prepare black beans for cooking, I use the quick soak method, which involves soaking the beans in boiling hot water for an hour before cooking. Otherwise, I plan ahead and soak the black beans in tap water at least 8 hours (usually overnight) before of cooking.

how to cook black beans

How to Cook Black Beans on the Stove (Vegetarian)

Prep time: 15 minutes to chop vegetables

Cook time: 45 minutes

Ready in: 60 minutes (prep + cook time)

Yields: 6 servings

how to cook black beans


  • 4 tbsp grapeseed or olive oil
  • ½ small onion (red, white or yellow)
  • ¼ cup chopped bell pepper (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups black beans (quick-soaked for at least an hour, or regular soaked for 8+ hours)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp Southwestern seasoning (use more to taste, if necessary)
  • 1 large dried bay leaf



  • Heat oil in a medium-sized pot or dutch oven.
  • Bring the pot to medium heat.
  • Add onions, peppers, and garlic to the oil.
  • Cook and stir until the vegetables become translucent, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Stir in beans, water, spices, and bring to a boil.
  • erk chicken, black rice, and black beans
  • Cover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until the beans thicken and soften, about 30-45 minutes.


Serving idea: jerk chicken, black rice, and black beans

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