These baked black beans with smokey bacon are a great side dish for BBQs, potlucks, and other summer get-togethers!
Baked Black Beans
Corporate life, also known as that other life I live outside this blog, is often measured by how long it is until the next company recognized holiday and, for me, the long trek between MLK Day in January to Memorial Day weekend is the equivalent of crossing the Pacific Ocean in a paddle boat.
Are we there yet?
Thankfully, we are almost there and our corporate holiday drought will end with a celebratory long weekend, sunshine (fingers crossed), and a BBQ to welcome the start of summer. There’ll be hot dogs, hamburgers, Lays Original potato chips, ice cold beer, and the most important BBQ side dish of them all, baked beans.
In this case, sweet and smoky baked black beans.
Despite everything I know to be true about dried beans, I can never quite get organized enough to use them in recipes. Let’s face it, cooking with dried beans takes planning and a serious time commitment, both of which I’m not into right now, so I’m happy to use good quality canned beans instead.
Except for a little bit of veggie chopping, this recipe is mostly a dump and stir. It starts on the stove top where all the smoky bacon, onion, garlic, and bell pepper cook together. Apple cider vinegar, molasses, brown sugar, chili powder, and a few other pantry spices make up the sauce. The beans go in and the whole pot goes in the oven where it bubbles and reduces for an hour or so.
Thanks to the black bean short-cut there’s no waiting around for three to four hours for this side-dish deliciousness.
I made a big batch of these wonderful beans and they were even better the next day after all the flavors married together overnight in the fridge. I may or may not have heated some up the next morning and piled them on a tortilla with a fried egg.
It was delicious.
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This recipe is adapted from one published online by the New York Times. Instead of using dried navy beans, which need to soak and then cook for several hours, I used canned black beans which shorten the cooking time considerably. The beans cook in a sweet and smoky sauce made with a generous amount of bacon, chili powder, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar. Serve these beans with all of your favorite BBQ dishes.
- 6 slices thick cut bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 2 (15-oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a dutch oven or large oven-safe pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until it starts to brown. Add the bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook the vegetables until they soften about five or so minutes. Add the chili powder, dried oregano, ground mustard, salt, pepper, and brown sugar. Stir it all together and cook another two minutes.
- Add the apple cider vinegar, molasses, and black beans. Stir everything to combine and then add water until it just covers the beans (about a 1/2 cup depending on the size of your pot).
- Transfer the pot, uncovered, to the preheated oven. bake the beans for approximately one hour, or until the sauce has thickened.
- Category: Side Dishes
- Cuisine: American
- Calories: 270
- Sugar: 19.5g
- Sodium: 876.4mg
- Fat: 9g
- Carbohydrates: 38.7g
- Fiber: 8.3g
- Protein: 9.6g
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