Black Bean Bar

Black Bean Bar

Let me share with you one of my favorite food combos: black beans and red onion. Yep. Strange you say? If you’ve had the combo you know exactly what I mean, and I find it hard to believe that you wouldn’t agree wholeheartedly. It’s an umami thing for me. The texture and flavor is the perfect marriage. Of course, that’s just my opinion.

Anyway, last week I was craving the perfect duo and threw together what I like to call a Black Bean Bar for lunch. I warmed up some beans with a few added spices, and in addition to the chopped red onion, shredded cheese, avocado, cilantro, and sour cream joined the party.

Black Bean Bar

Honest-to-goodness, it was the most satisfying lunch I’ve had in a while. It spurred me on through the day too. No sluggish afternoon blahs. And everything can be prepped ahead, and then warm the beans quickly stove top or in the microwave.

Black Bean Bar

What an easy lunch to take to work, or even for school lunches if you have young bean lovers around.

Black Bean Bar

Try creating your own Black Bean Bar soon with your favorite toppings. A few are listed below, but get creative and adjust to your liking.


Black Bean Bar
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Serves: Makes about 4 servings.
  • 2 - 15 oz. cans Black Beans, drained
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • (adjust seasonings to preference)
A few topping options:
  • red onion, finely chopped
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • sour cream
  • avocado, diced
  • fresh cilantro
  1. Cook beans with seasonings until warmed.
  2. Add desired toppings to beans. Enjoy!


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  1. 7


    I am a black bean lover too – what a fun idea. Black bean soup is also one of my favorites – and these toppings would be perfect as well.

  2. 22


    I tried this recipe today for lunch, it was perfect! I topped it with avocado, salsa and sour cream. Ok and maybe some tortilla chips :) Great idea, thanks!

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