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. Anonymous6/22/2013

    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!