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I made adaptations to the recipe by using dried black beans. I put everything into a crockpot & added 12oz of dark beer (replacing the rum), 1 t cumin, 1/2 t liquid smoke, and then added enough water to cover the beans. Cooking everything in the crockpot left it colorless so I served alongside bowls of chopped tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, and rice for each person to assemble their own. The dish isn't "hot", but does have a spicy taste. There was a welcome hint of the exotic from the curry powder. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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Susie D January 21, 2010

This was amazing! The dish has a good amount of heat but is not too spicy. DH and I both really enjoyed this dish. Made for Comfort Cafe winter 2010.

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Queen Dana January 03, 2010

This was a good, uncomplicated bean recipe. I made the vegetarian version, but I think next time I'll add some liquid smoke to give it that bacony flavor. Also, I second Chef Blade's suggestion to add hot sauce towards the end of the cooking time (the recipe is pretty mild otherwise, even with the addition of the three jalapenos). Thanks for the recipe!

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Aunt Cookie May 17, 2007

OOOHHHHhhh so wonderful. I made mine meatless, and I only had sundried red pepper on hand, this turned out spectacular. The only thing I did slightly different is add about a teaspoon cumin and a sazon seasoning packet and did not use canned beans. A new fav. Perfect with rice, I think I will make enchiladas with my next batch. Thank you!!

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Zaccaria April 04, 2006

This recipe worked mindblowingly well. Very easy, suprisingly fast to throw together, and the *flavor* exploded out of the dish. I like beans, but often have to convince myself to eat a healthy amount -- not so with these. We had lots of dishes out there ('carribean' feast) -- this was the only one scraped clean.

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Josh Barratt November 30, 2004

The seasoning was very subtle and the beans were not too spicy but had a very good flavor- and the cilantro I do recommend! I didn't use the bacon drippings but didn't think the flavor was affected by that at all. The beans tasted great! Easy to make, and I definitely would make again! Thanks.

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Sue Lau November 03, 2003

This is one of the best Black Bean recipes that I have tasted! I used it for my tostados with chicken Really tasty. I cut back on the black bean liquid because I did not want juicy in the tostado. Also I did drain the bacon greas - I know I know it gives great flavor but......The cilantro was optional but I added 1/4 cup. In every way this is a great recipe Thanks chef blade

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Bergy November 03, 2003
Spiced Black Beans