Cafe Rio {Copycat} Black Beans and Homemade Tortilla Strips

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I loved the flavor of these black beans and it was easy to throw everything together!

Rating: 5 Stars Difficulty of Recipe: 1 star
Black beans in a tin plate over top rice and tortilla.
For the entire Cafe Rio Recipe click HERE
Homemade Tortilla Strips
tortilla strips on top of each other.
A side view of tortilla strips.


Cafe Rio {Copycat} Black Beans and Homemade Tortilla Strips

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 People


Ingredients for Cafe Rio CopyCat Beans:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 and ⅓ cups tomato juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

Ingredients for Tortilla Strips


Instructions for Black Beans

  • * In a nonstick skillet, cook garlic and cumin in olive oil over medium heat until you can smell it. Add beans, tomato juice, and salt. Continually stir until heated through. Just before serving stir in the cilantro.

Instructions for Tortilla Strips

  • * Cut tortillas into strips using a pizza cutter. You can cut 2-3 at a time pretty easily. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Place strips into hot oil and fry until they become crispy. When nice and crispy, remove from oil and place on a paper towel. Sprinkle with salt after each batch.


Serves: 4

Calories304kcal (15%)Carbohydrates48g (16%)Protein10g (20%)Fat9g (14%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Sodium330mg (14%)Potassium537mg (15%)Fiber10g (40%)Sugar3g (3%)Vitamin A365IU (7%)Vitamin C15mg (18%)Calcium85mg (9%)Iron3mg (17%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword black beans, cafe rio, tortilla strips
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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