Smoky Chipotle Black Beans

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

I like to serve these sweet, smoky black beans over brown rice, with sautéed bitter greens (arugula or turnip greens, for instance) and sour cream.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat until it begins to smoke. Add onions, and cook until translucent. Add carrot and sauté until it begins to soften slightly.
  2. Turn heat to medium and add garlic, cumin, paprika, and minced chipotle peppers. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, then mix in water, tomato paste, and reserved adobo sauce. Stir to combine, then add beans immediately.
  3. When the beans are hot, add vinegar and honey or sugar. Cover and simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro before serving over rice.
Most Helpful

Great flavors. I cut the amount of peppers in half, and all I could find was Sweet Hungarian Paprika, (not sure if that's the same thing) and served it over white rice. Wonderful.

Karen1808 October 13, 2009

Served these at a get-together at my daughter's house and they were a huge hit. I used half of the chipotle pepper amount and that was a perfect heat level for the group that was there. Served on top of cooked white rice. Sour cream made a perfect add-on. Thanks for such a useful recipe, What's Cooking? !

Vina December 04, 2007

I used one 15-ounce can of black beans, which is a little less than 2 cups. The volume of sauce worked out fine but I would use a single chipotle pepper in the future. Thanks for posting, this is a very good, very quick veggie recipe.

LaJuneBug July 28, 2007