Multipurpose Black Bean Filling


This recipe can be used to fill tacos or enchiladas, top quesadillas, or even make a warm dip. It’s a boon to vegetarian kitchens because many canned varieties of refried and black beans contain pork products for flavor.

  • 8Servings


  • 1 cup dried black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 large leeks, finely chopped (2 cups)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 11/2 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco


1. Place beans and 5 cups cold water in bowl. Soak 5 hours, or overnight. Drain, reserving soaking liquid.
2. Coat Dutch oven with cooking spray; heat over medium-low heat. Add leeks and bell pepper, and sprinkle with salt. Cover, and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cumin, and cook 1 minute more.
3. Add enough water to soaking liquid to make 4 cups, then add liquid and beans to leek mixture. Season with salt and pepper, cover, and simmer 1 hour, or until beans are soft, adding water if necessary. Mash some beans against side of pot to thicken. Serve sprinkled with queso fresco, in tortillas, or with chips.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 122
  • Carbohydrate Content: 19 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 5 mg
  • Fat Content: 2 g
  • Fiber Content: 6 g
  • Protein Content: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 318 mg
  • Sugar Content: 1 g