Easy Black Bean Salsa


black bean salsa

We love black beans. They’re very well suited to our lazy style of cooking. And, contrary to popular opinion, they don’t require half as much effort as people think.

You don’t need to pre-soak them. In fact, according to the highly scientific The Food Lab, you shouldn’t soak them. And we completely agree. Soaking your black beans makes them lose their dark color, flavor and starchiness. All of that just to save about 20 minutes of low-maintenance simmering on the stove? Not worth the trade-off.

The easiest way for us is to pour some dried beans in a pan, add enough water to submerge them about an inch, add some salt, and let them simmer away at the stove. An hour into the process, check for done-ness, and keep checking every 5 minutes or so after, until they’re cooked to our desired softness.

For the black bean salsa, we left them a little firm. If you’d like them creamier, let them cook (add more water as needed) until they get softer.

Once cooked, we added some chopped veggies, cilantro, lime and cajun spice (we love the one from Bayara). Mixed it up, and despite our good intentions of making some Mexican food for dinner to go with this, we ended up eating it straight from the bowl. So if that happens to you, don’t worry you’re not alone.

Easy Black Bean Salsa
Print Recipe
Whip up this quick salsa as a side for Mexican food, or have it straight from the bowl for a delicious, healthy snack.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Easy Black Bean Salsa
Print Recipe
Whip up this quick salsa as a side for Mexican food, or have it straight from the bowl for a delicious, healthy snack.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Add water,salt & beans to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for an hour. Check for doneness, and add more water if needed. Check every 5 minutes until cooked to your desired firmness. Remove from heat and drain.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add all the other ingredients to the cooked beans and mix well. Serve immediately, or cold. Tastes good either way!
Recipe Notes

Products used for this recipe

Black Beans: Thai Food King

Cajun & Red Chili Powder: Bayara

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4 thoughts on “Easy Black Bean Salsa

  • Tasneem Rajkotwala

    Great! I can just eat this as a salad….more like the chana chaat that is available on the streets of India! Didn’t knew the science behind not soaking the beans; I should be avoiding that from now on.

    • nomsville Post author

      You’re right, it’s like the mexican version of chaat 😉
      You know, we never soaked them out of sheer laziness, to be honest, and only found out about the science behind it recently!

    • nomsville Post author

      If your saladicious family loves it, that would be a huge compliment 😉 try skipping the soaking one day though! Might just be able to convert you to the dark lazy side.