This savory black bean pie recipe is super simple to put together and is made from ingredients that are easily found in your grocery store (or pantry), but when put together create a delicious vegetarian meal!
Sometimes I don’t feel like chopping anything, I don’t feel like prepping anything, I don’t feel like doing anything other than putting some things together that I pick up at the grocery store and have it turn in to a delicious warm dinner.
If that ever sounds like your situation, this recipe if FOR YOU!
You literally mix together black beans, salsa and cheese, and then put them in a pie crust (I buy frozen pie crusts and then just keep then in the freezer for when I want black bean pie) then you bake it and voila, done!
You spread cream cheese on the bottom of one of the pie crusts, and it all bakes together in a black bean cheesy salsa savory pie! OMG, SO GOOD!
When I was visiting my parents for Easter a few weekends ago my little sisters happened to be home as well. We were talking about Five Ingredient Fridays and how the best dishes are sometimes the easiest. My sisters (one of whom is a vegetarian) was saying how sometimes it was really hard for her to find easy dinner ideas. She asked what some go to suggestions were, and I immediately thought of this black bean pie (I’ve made this creamy Italian herb pasta salad for her, but sometimes one just wants something that doesn’t involve any prep!)
I’ve made this savory pie a bunch of times (I was going to say ‘hundreds’ of times, while maybe a tiny bit of an overstatement, I’ve definitely made this 20+ times!) and am always beyond happy with how it comes out!
The only thing I change on the recipe is the seasoning. Sometimes I sprinkle a little chili powder on the top, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I sprinkle a little cumin on the top, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I don’t put any seasonings on it. Seasonings on top or not, this is such a super delicious, easy, vegetarian dinner. If you’re a meat eater (as I am) you wont notice the absence of meat, the black beans are super filling! My husband loves this savory black bean pie and even requests it when I ask him what he wants for dinner!
Right when it comes out of the oven the pie is super creamy (as in the picture above) but if you let it sit a little, it sets more. This also re-heats really well (even from the freezer) so it’s the perfect candidate for making ahead and then freezing portions for later.
- 2 premade pie crusts
- 4 oz cream cheese reduced fat, at room temperature
- 1 jar 15.5 oz salsa (to the heat level you like, I like to use medium)
- 2 cans 15.5 oz each black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
- 1 Tbs chili powder or seasonings such as garlic powder and cumin optional
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Spread cream cheese on bottom of one pie crust (this will be the bottom of the pie).
- In a bowl combine black beans, salsa, and shredded cheese.
- Spoon black bean filling into cream cheese lined pie crust. Place other pie crust on top of the filling and pinch the edges together (you don't want any filling oozing out). With a knife cut a few slits into the top of the pie.
- Sprinkle chili powder and/or seasonings on top of pie crust if using, then place on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then enjoy!
Debra K Hancock says
I think you’ll love this recipe!!
Stumbled upon this recipe and I love everything about it. Haven’t made it yet but I want rice in it. Help!
Ooooh yum, this recipe would be great with rice in it. I’d say about 1 cup of cooked rice would be perfect, no other changes needed
I keep coming back for this recipe – it has become a family favourite!
Thank you so much for sharing that, I’m so happy to hear that! We love this recipe too, and now I’m inspired to make it again for us!
Kirsten McLaughlin says
Last night we were out of flour, so I tried making a polenta/cornmeal crust for it. Worked great! 🙂
Wow – ok, now that sounds soooooo good, I’m going to have to try that!
This is such a great recipe. I love black beans…I love all beans. I only have one pie crust and I am wondering if anyone has ever tried this as an open pie, meaning no top crust, and just adding the spices without the top crust. Any ideas????
Hi Joan, I literally JUST did that the other week. I had only one pie crust. It came out just as good, just wasn’t as ‘put together’ if you know what I mean. It still tasted delicious. The other thing I did once was make two small ‘hand pies’ out of 1 pie dough
I’m so happy to found this recipe! I’m makjng it tomorrow for a vegiterian option at the brunch I’m having. Serving it with salad and sour cream. So excited ?
Oh my goodness Nina, so glad to hear you made this one for a vegetarian brunch! Your sides sound amazing, hope you loved it!
I have never seen someone take a pre-made piecrust and invert it to be a top crust. Then again I don’t ever use pre-made crust. LOL
Using the pie crust as a top crust is definitely time saving trick (also using pre-made crust is a time saving thing) – I definitely make my own pie crust from time to time 🙂 Thanks for commenting, hope you enjoy this recipe – whichever type of crust you use, it’s super delicious 🙂
The pie was great! I have shared it with all my foodie friends – only one piece of advise. Do not use Trader Joe’s Mexican mixed cheese because it doesn’t melt! Next time I will use a different brand. I love TJ’s but this is definitely some below grade cheese!
Thanks for the most delicious recipe , it’s a winner! Even with below par cheese ????❤️
So glad you like the black bean pie!! This is seriously one of our favorite recipes, we make it quite often. oh my goodness about the Trader Joes Cheese, cheese not melting after that long in the oven? I’ve never experienced that lol.
I think that I have found my pie for our pie potluck in the park! This looks yummy, super easy and best of all, cheap!
Thank you for sharing!
Yay, so glad you found this recipe. I have to tell you, it’s one of my all time favorite recipes. I make it very frequently, in fact I’m craving it now and am totally going to make it for dinner this week! Hope you have a good potluck!
I think I will make these as individual “hand pies” so I can have them for lunch…and add some of the Magic Green Sauce on the side!
That is such a fantastic idea Tanya, I’m totally going to try that too!!
i made this for my family and then for a crowd. All agreed that this is seriously the best black bean pie recipe out there!! AN ABSOLUTELY SAVORY BLACK BEAN PIE!! Thank you for this recipe!! -mpj
That is so incredible to hear, I absolutely LOVE the black bean pie and am so glad you guys liked it!! Thank you for coming back to the post and leaving feedback, so very much appreciated!!!
Do you thaw out the pie crust or use frozen? Could you use refrigerated pie crust?
I just use the crust frozen…I take it out of the freezer and let it sit there on the counter as I prepare the other ingredients (which only takes a few minutes). You could also use refrigerated pie crust- I have used it many times, I would just make sure to spray the bottom of the pie dish you’re using. I think you’ll love this dish, it’s one of our favorites 🙂
Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says
Oh man does this look good! So easy but it looks absolutely delicious + filling. Love it!
Thank you so much Alyssa, it definitely is super easy, but at the same time delicious & filling 🙂 thanks for commenting!
This is such a unique recipe! I can’t wait to give this a try!
Thank you so much Amanda, I think you’ll love it-it’s one of my favorite easy dinners 🙂
Christina @ The Beautiful Balance says
How can this be bad when there are beans and salsa involved? Anything in a pie crust just tastes better, doesn’t it? Love how easy this is!
Anything in a pie crusts totally tastes better 🙂 Especially when beans and salsa are involved, YUM! And this black bean pie is the EASIEST dinner ever 🙂 Thank you so much for commenting girl!