mexican bean salad

I know I’ve expressed my love of Mexican food with you before, but I just can’t help my adoration for it. There are so many amazing Mexican recipes and dishes in the world, and many of them are on my list ofย all time favourite meals. There really is something so addictive and mouthwatering about Mexican food.

Some of the flavourย combinations in their cuisine, like paprika and chilli, are mixes thatย I use almost daily in my kitchen. They work well with almost any ingredients, in any dish, and instantly liven up the taste of your food. One of my favourite dishes with a Mexican feel is a bean salad. Light and refreshing, the salad is filled with delicious vegetables, Black Beans and Kidney Beans. I make mine with lots of Cucumber, Pepper and Sweetcorn as they’re my favourite vegetables.

Then, for it’s boost of spice and Mexican feel, the salad is lightly covered in a spicy, tangy dressing. It’s made from a combination of Smoked Paprika, Chilli spices, Tomato flavours, Lime and Cider Vinegar to get that nice balance between sourness and heat. There’s also a tasty smoky element in the salad from the Smoked Paprika and Chipotle paste, to throw in another flavour combination! What I really like most about this dish, is that it still provides you with a nice rich flavour and heat, while being a light and refreshing salad – perfect for Summer!

mexican bean salad

serves about 6


for the salad:

1 400g can black beans
1 400g can kidney beans
1 medium red pepper
1 medium orange or yellow pepper
1 325g tin sweetcorn
1 cup (180g) cherry tomatoes
1/2 medium cucumber (150g)
for the dressing:
2 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tbsp passata
1 tbsp tomato purรฉe
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lime juice
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp chipotle paste
1/4 tsp vegetable stock powder – I used bouillon
1/4 tsp salt


1. Firstly, prepare the dressing. Add the cider vinegar, passata, tomato puree, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, smoked paprika, chilli powder, chipotle paste, vegetable stock powder and salt into a small blender attachment/NutriBullet, and blend until smooth. Then, set it aside for later.
2. Next, chop the red pepper, orange/yellow pepper, and cucumber into small/bite-sized cubes/chunks, chop the tomatoes in half, and add them into a large salad bowl. Then, drain the sweet corn, black beans and kidney beans from their tins and rinse them thoroughly, before also adding them into the salad bowl.
3. Now, pour the dressing on top of the salad, and stir it in until well mixed and all of the vegetables are evenly covered. Then when this is done, serve.
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44 thoughts on “mexican bean salad

  1. This looks amazing!!!! I love Mexican foods too!

    1. Thank you so much! It’s the best!

  2. Mexican <3 I don't know hat life would be like without those flavors!

    1. My thoughts exactly Rebecca!

  3. I love a good bean salad. This looks so tasty ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Same here, Cathleen! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Mexican food is the best – I don’t think I could ever get sick of it! This bean salad sounds delicious!

    1. I completely agree, it’s always so flavoursome! Thank you Ashley ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I must try this, Harriet! I love Mexican food and may be slightly obsessed with all the flavors;-) I can think of so many different things that his bean salad would go well with! I just love fresh and flavorful dishes like this..thanks for sharing!

    1. Same here!! It’s always filled with so many delicious spices – mmm. Thank you so much Joscelyn, I hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. love all the veggies in this! this would be a great lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Rachel, I hope you enjoy it!

  7. I love Mexican food so much too! This bean salad looks divine – loving the mix of flavours from the wonderful spice blend! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. It’s so good! Thank you Jess!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. I love Mexican bean salad. This is a great recipe Harriet!

    1. Me too, thank you Linda!!

  9. I crave these flavours ALL the time! Smoked paprika/chipotle everything. This almost looks like a healthy, veg-filled salsa. I’d dive right in with a whole bag of corn chips.

    1. Me too Hannah!! They’re the best combo. Oooh yeah definitely, I think it would make a great salsa – I’m going to have to try it with chips next time!

  10. I love Mexican salads, seriously so much good stuff! This looks wonderful!

    1. Me too Jessica! Thank you so much!

  11. This salad looks amazing! Love Mexican food! Great flavors!

    1. Thank you so much Mira!!

  12. Wow, Harriet! how gorgeous is this Mexican bean salad is! What an awe-inspiring combination of flavors and colors!

    1. Thank you so much Anu! I hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Oh this salad looks just perfect! I love the zesty flavor of this dish. What a perfect salad for lunch or dinner!

    1. Thank you so much Gayle, I hope you enjoy it!!

  14. What a gorgeous salad! We are big fans of Mexican food and I love the flavors in here!

    1. Thank you so much Kelly, same here! I hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Mexican cuisine is one of my favorites too! It’s just so flavorful and I’m loving this bean salad!

    1. Same here Manali! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I share your love for Mexican food so this looks amazing to me! I love that you used chiptole in the dressing too. It adds so much delicious flavor!

    1. It’s the best! Thank you Sarah – I love chipotle too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. As a Californian, I can’t get enough of Mexican food either! Like you said, all those chilis and spices just make it so flavorful and delicious. This mexican bean salad looks so yummy – I love the mix of sweet corn and cherry tomatoes too. This looks so so lovely, Harriet!

    1. It’s sooo good isn’t it!? Mmm. Thank you so much Beeta!

  18. Whewww catching up on all your posts, I was behind! Sorry! I have a 3 year old so it’s hard for me to keep up with blog reading. Anyways, well, Mexican and BBQ are my 2 top favorite flavors of anything. We eat Mexican food a few times every single week….I think chili powder and cumin run in my veins. This looks amazing and that dressing sounds out of this world!!

    1. No worries Brandi!! I’m always so grateful for your comments! Me too ๐Ÿ™‚ I love any kind of Mexican food – especially vegetable chilli! I adooooore cumin – it’s the best. Thank you so much!

  19. As a vegetarian I’m always on the look out for bean based entrees, this Mexican bean salad is right up my alley.

    1. Thank you so much Mary! I hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I adore the combo of chili and paprika and am thinking I could guzzle that dressing! This is so my kind of salad!

    1. Same here Shashi!! I think I could even eat the dressing as a dip or pizza sauce – soo good. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. This is my kind of every day salad! Simple, delicious and packed full of amazing flavour.

    1. Thank you so much Angie, I hope you enjoy it!!

  22. Hi Harriet,
    Wow, awesome flavors. This is a great recipe.. This is my type of recipe. This looks amazing! Love Mexican bean salad.

    1. Thank you so much Deepa!

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