Latin Style Black Beans

I love beans. Any kind of beans – refried beans, chili beans, pinto beans, black beans, white beans, navy beans, kidney beans. I love ‘em all! So when Weight Watchers made beans 0 points on the Freestyle program, my beating, bean-loving heart was content.

I better admit that I am too lazy to soak beans and make them from scratch. One day I will experiment with making beans in my Insta-Pot, but I just haven’t gotten motivated to do to it yet. Until then, I am perfectly okay with canned beans.

When I lived in San Diego, I would get special requests from my roommate-turned-bestie, Cynthia, to make my black beans. I never had a specific recipe, I would just toss in ingredients and taste-test until I liked the flavor. So I had to be disciplined when I made them last night – making sure I measured everything, got it just right, and didn’t simply wing it.

Cynthia and I are the same in that we could both just eat beans for a meal and be completely satisfied.  But, this Latin Style Black Beans recipe also makes a tasty, 0 point side to serve with carne asada, TJ Dogs, enchiladas, or on taco night. Olé!

The Method

Dice the tomatoes and chop the green onions and cilantro. If needed, roughly chop green chilies.

0 point black beans

Over medium-high, heat black beans and chopped ingredients in a medium-sized skillet. Add the juice of half of one lime (save the other half for garnish), chili powder, garlic powder, salt, cumin, and broth. Once it begins to bubble, reduce heat to low and stir, making sure beans don’t burn on the bottom of the pot. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

0 point black beans

 

Remove lid, and let simmer without lid for 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Serve with lime wedges, cilantro, and nonfat Greek yogurt, if desired.

0 point black beans

 

0 point black beans

Latin Style Black Beans

Latin Style Black Beans

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Category: Sides, Vegetarian, Weight Watchers

Servings: 4

These Latin Style Black Beans are full of fresh flavors and so easy to make. And at 0 Weight Watchers points, they make the perfect side dish for taco night.

Weight Watchers = 0 Freestyle Points

Ingredients

  • 2 small on-the-vine or roma tomatoes
  • 3-4 stalks of green onion (about 1/4 cup when chopped)
  • cilantro (about 2 tbsp worth when chopped)
  • 1/4 cup of canned diced green chilies
  • 15 ounce can of black beans, drained
  • 1 lime, halved
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup nonfat chicken broth (or vegetable to make vegetarian)

Instructions

  1. Dice tomatoes and chop the green onions and cilantro. If needed, roughly chop the green chilies.
  2. Over medium-high, heat black beans and chopped ingredients in medium-sized skillet. Add the juice of half of one lime (save other half for garnish), chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and broth. Once it begins to bubble, reduce heat to low and stir, making sure beans don't burn on the bottom of the pot. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove lid, and let simmer without lid for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with lime wedges, cilantro, and nonfat Greek yogurt, if desired.
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