Better Black Beans

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This recipe is perfect when you want restaurant-quality black Beans that are both quick and simple to make. You can transform ordinary canned beans into a delicious main dish, side dish, or appetizer by adding a few ingredients. Whether you eat them straight out of the bowl, use them in a wrap, or serve them with your favorite tortilla chips - you're going to love them!

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 15-ounce can black beans
5 sprigs of cilantro, stems removed and finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
vegan cheese shreds (optional)

Heat the olive oil in a small pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until semi-translucent. Add the garlic and continue to cook, stirring just until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes more.

Add the beans, including the liquid, then add the cilantro, salt, and cayenne. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes, uncovered, until most of the water has evaporated.

With a potato masher or the backside of a wooden spoon, mash the bean mixture until mostly smooth. Top with your favorite vegan cheese shreds if desired.

Refrigerate any leftovers and enjoy within three days.