Spiced Black Beans

"Really good and spicy bean dish that goes well with grilled beef and pork. Add a few splashes of hot sauce towards the end of cooking time.( Without the bacon, this is very good as a vegetarian dish; OR, an ounce or two of chorizo sausage can be used instead of bacon)"
photo by Queen Dana photo by Queen Dana
photo by Queen Dana
photo by Queen Dana photo by Queen Dana
Ready In:
6 cups




  • Sauté the bacon until almost crispy, don't drain.
  • Add vegetables, spice blend, garlic and bay leaf. Stir and simmer until veggies are tender.
  • Add the beans, coffee, rum, curry, lime juice.
  • Simmer until hot.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

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  1. Susie D
    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!
  2. Queen Dana
    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.
  3. Aunt Cookie
    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!
  4. Zaccaria
    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!!
  5. Josh Barratt
    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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