Saturday, June 22, 2013

Spicy Black Beans

The other day Jessie at Happiness in Health posted a recipe for chickpea curry. It was a simple, quick recipe and sounded delicious. I had most of the ingredients and thought I’d make it with slight alterations.

However, when I went to get the chickpeas, I realized that I didn’t have any canned chickpeas. I did however have canned organic black beans. And some organic canned tomatoes. Since I didn’t measure anything, I can’t give you amounts for the spices. I would suggest you start with a little and add more to taste.

Spicy Black Beans
  • Olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 garlic gloves, minced 
  • Red curry powder, start with 1 Tsp
  • Turmeric, start with 1/2 Tsp
  • Cardamom, start with 1/4 Tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 
  • 1 can black beans
  • Ketchup, 1-2 Tbs
  1. Heat oil in a medium pot. When hot, add the onions and sauté for a minute. Then add the garlic.
  2. Next, add the curry powder, turmeric, and cardamom and let the onions, garlic and spices brown a bit.
  3. After a few minutes, add the black beans. Coat the black beans with the onion/spice mixture and let cook for a minute.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, ketchup, salt and pepper. Taste the dish and add more curry powder, turmeric, cardamon, salt, and pepper if needed.
  5. Let the mixture simmer for 5 – 10 minutes.
I’ll definitely make Jessie’s chickpea curry soon! But this was a great, unplanned meal that came together in no time – the ultimate “fast food.” While it isn’t a pretty dish, the flavor is wonderful. Plus, the leftovers were even better the next day.

This dish would be great with tortillas, as a vegetarian burrito filling, or with corn chips as a dip.

I ate the beans with leftover baby asparagus and sautéed onions, mushrooms, and bok choy.

Questions: What’s your favorite “fast food?” What was the last unplanned meal you cooked?
Be well,


  1. Greta,
    My last unplanned meal was red,green, yellow paprika with some oil sauted slowly and short
    without water under this asparagus short sauted in pieces and spice.And I roasted Chiken.

  2. Hi Andrea! I act like I never cook, but I cook a few things. And I put curry into almost all of those things because it goes well in chicken soup and in veg. chili too. I used about half a pound of curry last year! Most of the beans/legumes are fairly replaceable depending upon test preference. I often go with black and dark red beans because I understand that they have more antioxidants in their dark skins.

    :-) Marion

    1. I remember you mentioning that you put curry in chicken soup before. I'll definitely have to do that next time I make some!

  3. I kinda have what I need in the house most times - I am such a boring eater that it is not hard to have my simple stuff here. :)

  4. Yum! Your version with black beans looks incredibly delicious! I love how you threw stuff together that you had on hand and it turned out great - you're a master chef! :) I'll have to try your sauteed mushrooms, onions, and bok choy (a veggie I don't use nearly enough).

    I hope you had a great weekend, Andrea! :)

    1. I love it when my experiments work out. :)

      Have a great week, Jessie!

  5. Growing up I loved the bean burritos at Taco Bell - I think back in the day, Hannah and I could eat dinner for less than $3!

    I make a stovetop refried bean that is so good - cooks on the stove for a couple hours then puree to the consistency you want - so good and no lard! :D

    Hope you had a great weekend Andrea!

    1. Your refried beans sound great!

  6. Love how easy this looks, and so delicious too! My last unplanned meal was super neighbor hosted a potluck and I needed to use up some feta cheese and tomatoes, so I mixed them together with pasta, pine nuts, and olive oil for an easy pasta salad. I even got to enjoy some leftovers for 2 lunches :-)

    1. Your pasta salad sounds delicious!

  7. This black bean dish sounds and looks delicious, I love the spices that you have in it...very healthy and so tasty.
    Have a great week Andrea :D

    1. Thanks, Juliana!

      Have a great week, too!