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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.
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Homemade Tortilla Strips
tortilla strips on top of each other.
A side view of tortilla strips.


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Cafe Rio {Copycat} Black Beans and Homemade Tortilla Strips

By: Alyssa Rivers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
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 1/3 cups tomato juice
  • 1/2 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.


Calories: 304kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 10gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 330mgPotassium: 537mgFiber: 10gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 365IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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