Recipe: Spicy Black Beans

My carnivorous husband and son discovered MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers last night and fell in love.  Having been a vegetarian long before I was a Raw Vegan, I remembered making something similar from scratch way back when.  After consulting my recipe books and a dear friend who reminded me of the joys of just winging it, I decided to throw something together for tomorrow’s dinner.  The boy-child decided that, while he would rather not have Black Bean Burgers again tomorrow he would appreciate a Spicy Black Bean Quesadilla instead.  A little taste from the males has deemed this a keeper and considered it a worthy alternative to Bush’s Black Bean Fiesta.  Four Thumbs Up!

Spicy Black Beans


4 C. cooked black beans (soaked and boiled + some broth or 2 – 15 oz. cans, undrained)
6 T. taco seasoning (homemade or about 1 1/2 packets of pre-made)
1 C. fresh or frozen corn kernels
1/2 large purple onion
1/2 large red bell pepper
1 jalapeno pepper


  1. Dice purple onion, red bell pepper and jalapeno pepper and saute in butter.
  2. Add black beans, taco seasoning and corn and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for about 10 min.
  4. Remove about 2 cups of the mix and blend until smooth in the blender.
  5. Mix blended beans back in with the rest of the beans, stir and remove from heat.  *This step gives the beans a thicker body without using artificial binders or thickeners but is not necessary if you prefer your beans a bit runnier.

Serve plain as a side dish, over brown rice or on an Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Tortilla with cheese, sour cream or their vegan alternatives.  To make a quesadilla, spread a small amount of filling and cheese between two tortillas and fry with butter in a skillet or on a quesadilla maker.

My next step is going to be adding brown rice as a binder in order to make black bean burgers.


2 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    I’m glad this worked for you! this is VERY similar to what I do, and YES it is spectacular!

  2. 2

    Sandy said,

    I use chia seed and oat flour as a binder in my black bean burgers. My recipe is very similar except no corn (bc I cannot find non-gmo corn except for the frozen kind that is like five bucks a bag as opposed to 99 cents, and no taco seasoning but my own spices (lime juice, cayenne, cumin).

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