Stewed Black Bean Recipe

Updated: May 5

Black beans are an inexpensive ingredient, most times a bag will cost you a little over a dollar. We love to use this staple ingredient in many different meals, but perhaps one of our most favorite is our stewed black beans. Though the process takes a little more time the end result is a super savory and flavorful bowl of beans. This stew is great over rice or as a standalone meal topped with onions and hot sauce with a side of cornbread. I'm salivating just thinking about it.

Don't be afraid to be adventurous with black beans, they are often not used as much as they should be. We know that you'll enjoy this recipes. So check below to get all the details.


List of Ingredients

  • One 1 lb. bag of dried black beans, soaked overnight in 3 Tbsp of baking soda and water

  • 1 C of onions diced

  • 1/2 C of minced garlic

  • 1/2 Tbsp of pink Himalayan sea salt

  • 1 Tbsp of cumin powder

  • 2 Tbsp Helena's All-Purpose Seasoning

  • 1 Tbsp Helena's Curry Up Seasoning

  • 1 Lg Bay Leaf

  • 5-6 Tbsps of olive oil

  • 1 Whole smoked turkey wing quartered

  • 5 C of water

Let’s Get Started

In a cast iron skillet heat up your oil. Next add in your minced onions and garlic. Sauté for around 3 minutes. Add in our your curry, all-purpose, cumin, and salt. Cook the spices to release their oils and fragrance. Next, add in the smoked turkey and sauté' for 6 minutes on medium heat.

Next add in beans and mix with spices and smoked meat to combine. Add in the water and Bay Leaf . Now let your beans cook covered for around 1 hour. Check periodically to add water if reduced. When beans are finished they should be soft and tinder. The beans will create their own sauce which will be thickened once the water evaporate. We topped our beans with chopped scallions and drizzled with a little bit of seasoned garlic oil.


Whew! We know this one took you some additional time in the kitchen, but every amazing cook keeps an arsenal of quick, medium, and expansive recipes to rotate each day. So just keep this one in the books for a day when you need something warm and hearty. Don't forget to tag us and use #helenaspiceshop if you recreate this amazing dish. Bon Appetit

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