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Smoky Black Beans Recipe
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Smoky Black Beans

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"My daughter and I love the black beans found at a popular fast food chicken restaurant, but I could not find a recipe for that particular taste. I think I came pretty close with this one. A little spicy, a little sweet but oh, so good!!! These beans go great with almost any meat but are especially good with grilled chicken."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    6 hrs

    6 hrs 5 mins


  1. Drain the black beans from their soaking water and place in a slow cooker. Fill with enough fresh water to cover them. Cover and set to High.
  2. Heat bacon drippings in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir until tender. Stir this into the beans along with the brown sugar, liquid smoke, molasses and jalapeno slices. Stir to blend, then cover and cook on High for 5 to 6 hours, or until beans are tender.
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  • Note
  • Fresh jalapeno could be used but the pickled stuff is what I had on had.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 09, 2006

Excellent recipe! Very easy to make and tastes delicious. The "smokey" flavor sets this dish off wonderfully. I made two small modifications because of my personal preferences -- I eased up a tad on the jalepenos and used soy bacon bits. I would never have thought to add the molasses and brown sugar, but they rounded the dish off nicely, giving the beans a more mellow flavor. This is a new favorite!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 17, 2006

I don't really care for black beans, but Husband loves them, and he didn't like this at all. The sweet/spicy/smokey flavors just don't work. I ended up throwing most of it away. Thanks anyway.


11 Ratings

Feb 23, 2006

Instead of pickled jalapeno peppers, I used a 4 oz. can of diced jalapeno peppers and it was great.

Dec 17, 2008

I make this recipe regularly but I rarely have the forethought to pre-soak beans.. so I just use canned black beans. It's very good!

Sep 18, 2007

I like the flavor of this recipe a lot, though it surprised me as I guess I was expecting something a little more southwest and it reminds me instead of Boston Baked Beans, only with turtle beans. For my own preferences I cut the sugar back to a tablespoon and added chipotle en adobo and a flick of fresh chopped cilantro. I'm sure it is great over chicken but, it is also wonderful with vegetarian protein substitutes like quorn.

May 11, 2006

These are great! My husband AND kids like them. I sometimes make them without the bacon and less br. sugar and they are still really good!

Sep 16, 2009

Very good base recipe- I used less sugar added fresh garlic, chopped bacon not really patted dry after frying instead if grease

Mar 10, 2006

We found that this recipe lacked something in taste and ended up dumping in a very large can of baked beans to give it more flavor. We also had to add a cup of water (possibly because we're at high elevation?), so not sure if that diluted what flavor was supposed to be there; but we probably would not make this again in the future, especially using dried beans.


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  • Calories
  • 277 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49.5 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 11.6 g
  • 47%
  • Protein
  • 11.7 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 45 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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