Smoky Baked Black Beans (healthy black bean recipe)
Hearty, flavourful and nutritious, this healthy black bean recipe using black turtle beans makes for a delicious dinner or filling side. The black beans are infused with lots of flavour from chipotle powder and smoked paprika. So good!
Course Main Course
Keyword chipotle black beans, how to make black beans, Mexican black beans, turtle bean recipe
7tablespoonsbbq sauce, divided (1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
4cupsunsalted vegetable broth
1yellow onion, peeled and chopped
1/2teaspoonsalt(or to taste)
1.5 to 2cupswater(or more for a looser consistency)
Pick over beans and discard any foreign bits or rocks. Rinse with fresh, cold water. Soak beans in a large bowl of fresh, cold water overnight (ensure beans are completely covered and water is at least two inches above the beans). You can store beans in fridge as they are soaking.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a slotted spoon, remove beans from water.
Drain beans and rinse again with fresh, cold water. In a dutch oven (about 4 quart), place beans. Add oregano, garlic, bay leaves, chipotle powder, smoked paprika, chili powder, tomato paste, 1/3 cup of bbq sauce, vegetable broth, molasses, onion and pepper. Stir to combine. Cover and bake for 3 hours.
After 3 hours, carefully remove pot from oven and add 1.5 cups of water. Stir. Place back in oven. Cook for about 2.5 to 3 hours more.
Carefully remove from oven and add another 1/2 cup or so of water (depending on desired consistency) and stir to combine.
Stir in remaining tablespoons of bbq sauce. Stir in salt and adjust to taste, if necessary. Remove and discard bay leaves. I love serving up and squeezing a fresh lime wedge over top. Enjoy!Note: Add a little more broth or water if you want a looser consistency.
Don't skip soaking the black turtle beans overnight! This cuts down on the cook time.
This black bean recipe is plant based and tastes scrumptious as it is. However, if you like you can add a leftover ham bone into the pot. Once the beans are cooked and the bone is cooled slightly, pick any excess meat from the bone, shred, and add to beans. Don't have a ham bone? Crispy bacon works as well. Prefer as they are? That's cool too! You do you!
Depending on how 'loose' you want these beans add as little or as much water or stock after they've cooked.
Upon reheating, add a little stock or water to loosen.
These baked beans are delicious served with cilantro, a squeeze of lime, avocado or crumbled feta.
You can freeze these black beans! Portion cooled leftovers into vacuum seal bags, seal, and throw in the freezer for when we are looking for a healthy, quick dinner.