These copycat Chipotle Black Beans are easy to make, inexpensive, and healthy! Add to burritos and salads or serve with rice for a tasty vegetarian meal.
I love the complex, smoky flavor or Chipotle’s black beans. Unlike my first black beans recipe, this version has no bacon and no bell peppers, but it’s just as hearty and delicious.
How Long Do You Have to Soak Beans Before Cooking?
Not at all. You don’t have to.
I tried a version of these beans where I soaked them the night before, all night long. I thought this might reduce the cooking time, but it didn’t. It also didn’t affect the flavor, texture, or color of the beans.
Others say that soaking the beans, or adding baking soda while you do so, will help remove the gas from the beans and make them easier to digest. I haven’t been able to find any scientific proof of this, but if it makes you feel better (mentally or physically), please feel free to do that.
Do You Cook Beans in the Soaking Water?
Let’s pretend you ignored my advice above and decided to soak your beans anyway. Do you drain the soaking water and get fresh for cooking?
To do so is to “throw the baby out with the bathwater”, so to speak. In this case, the baby is your flavor. And as my buddy Dave always says, you’d never throw that water away if you had to haul it yourself (sage advice).
How to Cook Chipotle Black Beans in a Slow Cooker
To adapt this recipe to a slow cooker version, Follow all the instructions below through the beginning of Step 3, Bring to boil. Once your pot is boiling, transfer everything to a slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or LOW for 6 to 8 hours.
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Chipotle Black Beans Recipe (Copycat)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or rice bran oil
- 2 medium yellow onions chopped
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 1 pound dried black beans rinsed and sorted
- 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
- 2 chipotle chilies in adobo whole
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian oregano
- 6 cups water or more as needed
- Juice of 1 lemon Added to taste
- Juice of 1 lime Added to taste
- Salt to taste
- In a Dutch oven or large stock pot over medium heat, bring olive oil to a shimmer. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the black beans, adobo sauce, chipotle chiles, bay leaves, cumin, and oregano. Stir to combine. Add enough water to cover the beans (may be more than listed in the ingredients above).
- Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium or medium low. Simmer until beans are tender, about 2 hours, adding more water as needed if the beans are not covered. Remove from heat.
- Remove bay leaves and chipotle chiles. (For an extra spicy dish, leave the chipotles in). Add the juice of half a lemon and half a lime, or add more to taste. Season with salt.