Sweet and smoky baked black beans

Sweet and smoky baked black beans

I am not the worlds biggest fan of beans.  I don't mind them, but I don't crave them either.  I am more often happy as a bean, rather than eating them.
When I do eat beans, I expect them to wow me.  I want them to taste good and make me not regret eating them.  So, writing a bean recipe means I want them to be good.  I think I hit the nail on the head, and actually really enjoyed these little black nuggets of gas.
This recipe is pretty simple, even though it seems like there are a ton of ingredients.  It comes together fast, and you will be happy that you made them.  These are great on their own, as a side, or put on a nice baked potato, or over rice.

Preheat oven to 350°
You will need a large saute pan, and an ovenproof pan (I have a Pyrex baking dish) 


2 14.5 oz cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 lb. mushrooms, cleaned and sliced thin
1/2 large red onion, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped fine

1 medium red bell pepper, cleaned, seeded, and chopped small
1/4 cup dark brown sugar 
1/2 tsp. salt and pepper (each) (optional)
1 tsp. dried oregano 

1/2 tsp. dried mustard powder (I use Coleman's brand)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 tsp. liquid smoke
2 tablespoons bourbon (if you must, you can use bourbon extract)
1/4 cup of your favorite ketchup

Place a large saute pan on the stove, over medium heat.  Let it warm up for about a minute.

Add the onions and garlic, saute for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, add the red pepper, mushrooms, salt and pepper. (the salt helps draw out the moisture in the mushrooms)  Saute another 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, remove from heat, and add everything else except the black beans.  (brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke, spices, bourbon, and ketchup)

Mix together well.
Add the black beans (finally, I know)  Mix everything together well.

Now, dump that glorious pan of yummy stuff into your baking pan.

Spread it out and make it look pretty.
Place in your oven, uncovered, for 45 minutes to one hour (check after 45 minutes).  This will give you enough time to clean that mess you just made.
After 45 minutes to 1 hour, removed from the oven (carefully, don't burn yourself) and place on a hot pad.  Admire what you just made.  Smell the delightful aroma coming from this pan.
Now, stir it up, to spread all the caramelized goo to every bean.

Well, what are you waiting for?  Dive in!!
I hope you enjoy this recipe, and can make it a happy and tasty part of your menu.  If you don't, let me know.  If you do, let me know.

(***I have not made this in my IP.  Until I do, I will not have instructions for making it.***)


  1. All that caramelized goo looks amazing. Can't wait to try this.

  2. Pinned it. Thanks, it looks delicious!

  3. Going to make this tonite - thnx!!

  4. Any substitute for bourbon or liquid smoke?

    1. The bourbon can be replaced with Bourbon extract, or left out. If you don't want the liquid smoke, you can add another 1/2 tsp. cumin and 1 more tsp. of ketchup.

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