Black Beans in Mango Sauce

This delicious black_bean_recipe is one of my favorites.

black beans with mango sauce

The sweet mango adds a nice exotic touch!

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • olive oil
    • garlic
    • salt
    • canned black beans
    • pepper

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • red onion
    • ginger
    • bottled lime juice

Buy these fresh ingredients

  • mangoes

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a skillet
    • a cutting board and sharp knife
    • a can opener
    • a mixing spoon

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a garlic press (if not, mince the garlic)
    • a grater (if not, mince the ginger too)
    • a colander for draining the beans

    The recipe

    2 tsp/10 mL olive oil

    1 medium red onion, minced

    1 clove garlic, pressed

    2 tsp/10 mL grated fresh ginger

    1/2 tsp/2 mL salt

    2 cans (each 19 oz/540 mL) black beans, drained and rinsed

    3 Tbsp/45 mL lime juice

    2 large ripe mangoes, minced

    black pepper

    In a medium skillet, heat the oil.
    Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and salt.

    Sauté over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes.

    Turn the heat to medium-low, and add the beans and the lime juice.

    Mash the beans slightly.
    Transfer to a bowl.

    Stir in the minced mango.
    (The mangoes will get a bit mashed as you stir. That's fine.)

    Add pepper, to taste.


    • Use any sweet onion in place of the red onion.

    • Use freshly squeezed lime juice instead of bottled.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Top the meal with minced fresh cilantro, or minced red onion, or grated lime zest.

    • Try using another citrus juice in place of the lime juice.

    • Serve with salsa.


    • To make this an even more economical meal, soak and cook dried beans from scratch instead of using canned.

    • To test a mango for freshness, sniff it. It should smell good. Or feel it:
      • If it feels mushy, it's too ripe.
      • If you can press it gently and make a mark, it's just right.
      • If it's hard as a rock, it's not ripe.

    • To ripen a mango, leave it at room temperature. To speed up the ripening, put it in a paper bag with an apple. To slow down ripening, place the mango in the fridge.

    Menu suggestion

    Serve this dish with

    • rice

    • steamed broccoli

    If you enjoy this black_bean_recipe, you may also like these other bean recipes:

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