Smoky Baked Beans (Originally Canary Baked Beans)

Recipe by Rita1652
READY IN: 2hrs 20mins


  • 1
    lb dried canary beans
  • 1
    large white onion, quartered
  • 2
    tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2
    sprigs fresh epazote (or 1 teaspoon dried epazote, crumbled If desired)
  • 1
    teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 6
    slices bacon
  • 2
    cups salsa (I like spicy)
  • 12
    cup beer
  • 1
    cup water
  • 4
    ounces pepper jelly (Spicy Habanero Jelly Spicy Habanero Jelly or your favorite)
  • 1
    teaspoon paprika
  • 1
    teaspoon cumin
  • 1
    tablespoon fresh cilantro or 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 2
    smoked turkey wings


  • Pick over beans.
  • In a large bowl soak beans in cold water to cover by 2 inches over night.
  • Drain beans.
  • In a 5-quart dutch oven simmer beans, oil, onion, and epazote, if using, in water to cover by 2 inches, covered, 45 minutes to 90 minutes, or until beans are almost tender.
  • Add salt and simmer beans until just tender, about 15 minutes more.
  • Drain beans in a colander.
  • Chop bacon and in the dutch oven cook over moderate heat, stirring, until browned.
  • Add Turkey wings, beans, salsa, beer, water, hot pepper jelly, spices, salt and pepper to taste and cook in a 325 degree oven, stirring, until most of liquid evaporates, about 30-60 minutes.
  • You can fight over the wings or the skin and bone can be discard, shred meat and add back to beans.
  • Serve with white rice.