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Black Beans 'n' Spuds

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep time 10 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
Black beans add extra protein and fiber to this meal. We think it is a fun, creative way to dress up potatoes. If the kids wonder about the black spots (the beans), call 'em polka-dot potatoes.


  • 1 (24-oz.) package refrigerated mashed potatoes
  • 1 (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

How to Make It

  1. Microwave potatoes according to package directions.

  2. Stir together potatoes, black beans, and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap; fold back a small edge to allow steam to escape. Microwave at HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until hot. Stir in cilantro. Serve immediately.

  3. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Diner's Choice Country Style Mashed Potatoes. You can substitute 4 cups of your favorite hot mashed potatoes.