September 6, 2018

Easy Oil-Free Black Beans

These easy oil-free black beans are completely plant-based, gluten-free, quick to prepare, and, most importantly, delicious. Perfect for dinner tonight!

Easy Oil-Free Black Beans

Life is busy! But lack of time doesn't mean lack of yummy plant-based meals to devour (or lack of recipes to share with you!) It just means simple recipes that don't take too long.

Whether you're a busy student, a mom of young kids, a working professional, or just someone who wants to spend time NOT cooking, oil-free black beans are your new best friend.

This recipe saves time without compromising on flavor with two simple tricks:

  1. Canned Beans. You could definitely cook your own. The process involves a pre-soak and active cook time. If you have time, go for it! You'll reap the benefits of consuming less sodium :) But for those of us busy people (who isn't?!) canned beans are the way to go. Look for an organic, low-sodium, BPA-free can.
  2. Spices. Using spices to create flavors of fresh foods shortens prep-time immensely. If you don't already have a large spice collection, now's the time to invest! So. Much. FLAVOR.

Now that I've enticed you with promises of ease and tastiness, let's get to the recipe.

Easy Oil-Free Black Beans

How to make Easy Oil-Free Black Beans

Step 1. If you have time, you can chop some onions and garlic. Give them a quick sauté in a non-stick pan. Add a tablespoon of veggie broth if they start to stick.

If you don't feel like prepping onions and garlic, onion and garlic powders will come to the rescue.

Step 2. Add a can of black beans to your non-stick. Make sure to include the liquid.

Step 3. While the beans are warming/softening, start adding your spices. If you didn't sauté onions and garlic, add onion powder and garlic powder.

Step 4. Then add paprika, cumin, red pepper flakes, turmeric, chili powder, salt, and pepper.

Step 5. Finally, for a bit of citrus flavor, add some lime juice. You can use fresh if you have time. I often use juice from a bottle because I have it on hand.

Step 6. Cook for several minutes, until the liquid from the can has thickened and the black beans are soft. The liquid may start to bubble -- this is normal.

Soon you'll have thick oil-free black beans to devour. Enjoy!

Easy Oil-Free Black Beans

Recipe Prayer

Bless us, Lord, in our busy lives. Watch over us in all the activities that fill our days. Keep us healthy with the foods that we eat and draw us back to you always. Amen.

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Easy Oil-Free Black Beans

These easy oil-free black beans are completely plant-based, gluten-free, quick to prepare, and, most importantly, delicious. Perfect for dinner tonight!















  • 1 can Black Beans
  • 1/2 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
  • Cilantro, to serve, optional


  1. Sauté the onion a small non-stick pan, using vegetable broth if the onion starts to stick.
  2. Empty a can of black beans (and the liquid) into the non-stick. Add the spices and lime juice. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until the bean liquid has thickened. Serve and enjoy!
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November 15, 2021
Elizabeth | The Plant-Based Catholic
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking.
November 15, 2021
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography