No. 1 : Quick Recipe

Black Baked Beans with Bacon – 053124

  • 3 TB Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Each Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
  • ¼ LB *Bacon, chopped
  • 1 Cup Diced Red Onion
  • 2 Medium Carrots, Grated
  • 2 Jalapeños, Seeded and Chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Grated
  • 1 Cup Chicken or Veg Broth
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Low Sugar Ketchup
  • 3 TB Molasses
  • 1 TB Dijon Mustard
  • 1 TB Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 (15-oz) Cans Black Beans, Drained and rinsed
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • ¼ LB *Bacon Strips

Step One

Preheat the oven to 400F. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the next 6 ingredients and sauté about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables soften. Add the garlic and stir until aromatic, about 1 minute. Reduce the heat to low and add the broth, brown sugar, molasses, mustard, ketchup, cider vinegar. Stir until combined and add the beans. 

Step Two

Spoon the bean mixture into a greased 9 x12” casserole dish. Bake, uncovered, 45 minutes, until the beans are hot and crusty. While the beans are cooking, cook the bacon until crunchy, when cool, crumble the bacon. Garnish the beans with the bacon and cilantro. 

No. 2 : Kitchen Scoop

I am certainly not against “regular” bacon, but if you choose to use turkey bacon, make sure to buy it at least 65% lean. Otherwise you are getting just about the same fat and calories as regular bacon.

No. 3 : Get Creative

I LOVE canned beans! I think they taste great just as they are, but I recently learned another trick to help them absorb even more flavor from ingredients in a recipe. Simply microwave the beans about 1 minute per (15 OZ) can before using them. This makes the beans swell slightly, allowing them to absorb more flavor! Try it in this recipe and let me know! 

No. 4 : Cheers

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir
Marlborough NZ
About $16

Think Sauvignon Blanc is the only yummy grape from New Zealand? At the top of top of New Zealand’s South Island, Marlborough is one of the world’s most distinctive and exciting wine regions, growing all kinds of wine grapes, but notably Pinot Noir. Marlborough’s warm days and cool nights make it an ideal climate for growing the famously temperamental grape. Matured in French oak barrels the result is fragrant, soft, and flavorful. Fruit forward and deliciously ripe-tasting, it’s a wonderful pair for the savory black beans 

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