Chipotle Black Beans Recipe (Copycat) with Video

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 8 reviews

Chipotle Black Beans is one of the most popular dishes of the restaurant and in this recipe, we will recreate that in a simple but tasty Mexican dish!

Line this up with our other Mexican favorites like the Mexican Salad, Chicken Tostadas, and Chicken Quesadillas in your menu rotation!

Image of chipotle black beans with lime.

Homemade Chipotle Black Beans

Chipotle Black Beans is a protein-rich vegetarian dish that can be made into a burrito bowl. With this easy recipe, you can enjoy this dish without having to leave the comfort of your home to drive to the nearest Chipotle! It will save you money and time without having to break a sweat.

There are a lot of recipes out there that use canned beans but for this recipe, we will use the dried ones. They are a lot healthier than the canned ones, which have off-the-charts sodium content. The dried ones are more nutritious, much tastier and also budget-friendly. This dish can be used as an ingredient in many other recipes so you can prepare one big batch to be used for the rest of the week.

What is Chipotle Black Beans?

It is a signature dish and is among the many best-sellers of the Chipotle restaurant. It is basically beans seasoned with more spices. This hearty dish has become the go-to comfort food for many fans of the restaurant.

Black Beans Nutrition and Health Benefits

This legume is extremely healthy. According to Wikipedia, one cup has 662 calories, 71% of which are from carbohydrates, 25% from proteins, and 4% from fats. It may have high levels of carbohydrates, but it has zero sugar. Instead, it has high levels of dietary fibers, as much as 120% of the daily requirement.

This means that it can be digested slowly, making you feel full for a longer period of time. It also has a low glycemic index which means that the sugar levels don’t shoot up quickly after eating this. This is good news for those who are trying to lose weight!

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Black Beans and Rice

Beans eaten with rice will give you a complete meal. This combination has been a staple food in the Americas from thousands of years ago and is still popular today.

In a stockpot, sauté onions, garlic, and rice in olive oil. Add in the broth and let it boil. From medium-high, lower the heat to medium-low and then, cook further until about 20 minutes more. Then, add the cumin, cayenne, and the beans.

That’s how you simply prepare this dish. But, the ease of preparation depends on how you prepare the legumes. The canned ones are easier to prepare than the dried ones. They are already cooked so you just need to rinse off the sodium, and then, add them to any dish. Meanwhile, the dried ones need some soaking to soften them up.

How long to soak the beans?

The dried ones need to be soaked for at least four hours, overnight for best results. The canned version does not need to be soaked.

How to cook dried black beans?

For the exact steps, please see the recipe card below. Also, watch the short video tutorial

  1. In a large stockpot, heat up olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes then, cook the garlic after for about 30 seconds.
  3. Then, add the legumes (already soaked and drained) and water enough to cover them. Let this simmer for two hours until the legumes are tender.
  4. Lastly, add some salt to taste.

Picture of chipotle black beans.

How to make Chipotle Black Beans?

Simply follow the steps described above. Then, just add bay leaves, cumin, dried parsley, and oregano when you add in the legumes. After cooking for two hours, remove the bay leaves. Then, add the juice of half a lime, paprika, chili powder, and salt.

How to cook canned black beans?

They are already pre-cooked and during the packaging, the high heat to sterilize the contents cooks them further. Hence, there is no need to cook them separately. Just rinse them completely to remove the liquid that they were preserved in.

How to make refried black beans?

First, cook the legumes. Then, sauté some spices with onion and garlic, then, add in the cooked beans. Mash the legumes and cook for about 4 minutes more. Serve with tortillas, as a dip, or as a side dish.

Image of chipotle black beans over white rice on a plate.

What to serve with Black Beans?

This is the perfect side dish to serve with:

How to store Chipotle Black Beans?

You can refrigerate this side dish once it has completely cooled down. Also, place it in an airtight container. Feel free to freeze it for up to a month and when reheating, thaw first in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours.

Recipe Tips

  • If you are cooking dried beans and do not have enough time, soak them in hot water for about an hour.
  • Alternatively, add some salt in the boiling water to soften the legumes then, cover.
  • You can serve this as a dip to chips or as the main course with sides like rice, salad, salsa, or even toast.
  • For some citrusy flavor, finish it with some freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice. Also, add some fresh cilantro or parsley on top.

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5 from 8 reviews
Chipotle Black Beans Recipe Copycat
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings as a side dish
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 2 hours Total time: 2 hrs 10 mins


  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil 
  • 1  yellow onion  (finely diced)
  • 4 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 pound  dried black beans  (rinsed)
  • 2  bay leaves 
  • 1 teaspoon  cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried parsley 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon  paprika 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  chili powder  (or more)
  • 6 cups  water  (or more as needed)
  •  Juice of 1 lime 
  •  Salt to taste 


  •  Chopped parsley 


  1. Rinse the beans, sort and discard any that seem bad.
  2. Place a large Dutch oven or large stock pot over medium heat, add oil and bring to a shimmer.
  3. Add the diced onion and cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, stir and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Add the black beans, cumin, dried parsley, oregano, bay leaves, and stir to combine. Add enough water to cover the beans.
  6. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low, simmer until beans are tender, about 2 hours. Add more water as needed if the beans are not covered.
  7. Once done, remove from heat and discard bay leaves.
  8. Add the lime juice, add paprika and chili powder, stir to combine. Taste and adjust for salt and spiciness.
  9. Serve over rice with lime wedges.
Calories: 236 Carbohydrates: 37 Protein: 12 Fat: 4 Saturated Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 14 Potassium: 871 Fiber: 9 Sugar: 1 Vitamin A: 150 Vitamin C: 1 Calcium: 85 Iron: 3.2
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Amber Myers

You know, it's been a while since I've had black beans. I really should! These look so good. Normally when I go to Chipotle I stick to pinto beans.


Alli Smith

I'm a huge fan of black beans and I hate to confess that I usually buy them in the can. I need to make these when the family comes over for dinner this weekend. Bookmarking!



we have a huge weakness for chiptole so i never thought to think about doing a copy cap recipe for their beans! great idea my friend- cant wait to try and make this myself this week!


robin rue

Awww yeah, this sounds awesome. My kids may not like this that much, but my hubby and I will devour it.


Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

Your beans look amazing! I love Chipotles, so this is right up my alley. I will have to make this recipe. I double puffy heart love beans. They go so well with so many things.


Jill Robbins

I need to try this. We love black beans and I always end up buying the canned ones.



I make my grandmother's Cuban inspired black bean and rice and everyone loves it. However, I also love Chipolte's black beans, so I'll have to try this recipe soon!



This sounds like it is packed full of flavor and nutrients. It's definitely a recipe that I'll be making soon!


Amy h

I love copycat recipes! And I like beans. I have never tried Chipolte before though, So I'm so excited to try these.


Denay DeGuzman

Oh my goodness, these black beans look fantastic! Our whole family loves black beans and would really enjoy this recipe. I can hardly wait to make them!



Oh my! It looks so tasty and delicious! The benefits they have are amazing. I want to try this recipe. YUM!


Lisa Favre

I absolutely cannot wait to make this recipe - it looks so darn delicious!! And beans are so great for you so this is perfect!!



They ask me every time I go to chipotle if I want beans and I always say no I need to at least give it a try and say yes one day 



Love this recipe. Anything with black beans is always going to be a win! Thanks for sharing!


Terri Steffes

This looks delicious. I am usually not a black bean fan but this is great! I can't wait to make these.



This black bean recipe sounds AMAZING!!! I could use this as a side dish fo so many recipe! Thanks!


Michelle D. Garrett

These look great! Our closest Chipotle is not within comfortable driving distance (that may be a good thing LOL) so this is a great substitute!


Jayne Wenger

So delicious. Made this for supper tonight. Very easy. I added a tablespoon of tomato paste for extra flavor. My husband loved it. Served with brown rice, lime wedges, and a dollop of sour cream. Will definitely make again.


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