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Black Beans with Lime


This side dish cooks up in just 10 minutes; a little chili powder gives the beans a spicy kick.

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  • Servings: 6

Source: Everyday Food, May 2007


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts separated, thinly sliced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 cans (19 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add white part of scallions, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes.

  2. Add beans, chili powder, and 1/4 cup water. Cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in lime juice; season with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with green part of scallions.

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  • BASEtraining
    2 JAN, 2013
    I am always looking for whole food recipes to pin and share and try with my 90/10 Nutrition Challenge Groups ( and this is one that worked perfectly. Great recipe. I had it with the Chicken Posole recipe and have used it with other stuff since. Thanks!
  • laurie0222
    7 JUN, 2011
    I found that Cumin was better than Chili powder, and I threw in some cilantro. Easy!
  • CiaNahac
    11 APR, 2011
    This simple recipe is my favorite on the entire site. It's a staple in my house in the summer, you can add chicken to it, or cooked shrimp. Delicious!
  • Kristagp23
    22 MAR, 2011
    This is a great and easy side. The lime and green onions add just a little something extra that makes the beans better.
  • CiaNahac
    12 MAR, 2008
    An absolute favorite for me as a side dish with anything grilled. Really simple and easy to prepare using simple ingredients, but so delicious! Also great with some grilled shrimp tossed in. I top it off with low-fat sour cream.