Cafe Rio {Copycat} Black Beans and Homemade Tortilla Strips

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


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/3 c. tomato juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro
  • 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.
Homemade Tortilla Strips
tortilla strips on top of each other.
A side view of tortilla strips.


  • 10-12 corn tortillas
  • oil for frying
  • Kosher salt
  • 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.

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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