Cafe Rio Black Beans

Cafe Rio Black Beans are delicious and easy to make and taste just like the restaurant version.

Cafe Rio Black BeansThis will be my last installment of Cafe Rio recipes for now.

First there was Cafe Rio Sweet Pork .  I had previously posted the Lime Cilantro Rice and today you get Cafe Rio Black Beans.  You now have everything you need to make a Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad.  If you have never been to a Cafe Rio you are now totally equipped to create your own delicious Cafe Rio at home!  You will thank me.

Cafe Rio Black Beans

I have never been a big bean fan.  It is something about the texture (yes, I have texture issues!) but Cafe Rio Black Beans are changing my mind about beans.  They are yummy!

Cafe Rio Black Beans

They are easy to make and are much more flavorable than just black beans straight out of the can.

The first step is to drain and rinse the beans.

Cafe Rio Black Beans

Then, in a pan on the stove, add in tomato juice

Cafe Rio Black Beans

Let it cook and simmer until the liquid reduces – stir occasionally.  Add in the chopped cilantro.

Cafe Rio Black Beans

Then serve and enjoy.  Great as a side dish or as part of a Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad, in a burrito or on nachos.

Cafe Rio Black Beans

Cafe Rio Black Beans
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: Serves 6
  • 2-15 oz cans black beans, (drained)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin or cumin seed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ C tomato juice
  • salt ( kosher or sea salt) and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  1. In a pan,saute garlic, cumin and olive oil over medium heat until you can smell it! Only about a minute. Be careful not to burn garlic as it will turn bitter.
  2. Add beans, tomato juice and seasoning. Simmer until some of the liquid is absorbed and evaporated.
  3. Stir in chopped cilantro when ready to serve



Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    My cafe rio pork has been marinating all night and I am ready to put it in my crockpot! I can’t wait to taste it. Now I am adding these black beans to the menu for tonight. Thanks for another great, easy dinner idea!

  2. says

    I think I need to go to Cafe rio….never been. I hear a lot about them…but none in my area.
    Thanks for sharing your recipes….they are awesome!

  3. Kim says

    Thanks for a great recipe! Made this for a family dinner last night and everyone loved it and I had several requests for the recipe. Definitely a hit!


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