My daughter and I love the black beans found at a popular fast food chicken restaurant, but I could not find a recipe for that particular taste. I think I came pretty close with this one. A little spicy, a little sweet but oh, so good!!! These beans go great with almost any meat but are especially good with grilled chicken.

ReneeW.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
6 hrs
total:
6 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Drain the black beans from their soaking water and place in a slow cooker. Fill with enough fresh water to cover them. Cover and set to High.

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  • Heat bacon drippings in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir until tender. Stir this into the beans along with the brown sugar, liquid smoke, molasses and jalapeno slices. Stir to blend, then cover and cook on High for 5 to 6 hours, or until beans are tender.

Note

Fresh jalapeno could be used but the pickled stuff is what I had on had.

Nutrition Facts

277 calories; protein 11.7g 24% DV; carbohydrates 49.5g 16% DV; fat 4.3g 7% DV; cholesterol 2.4mg 1% DV; sodium 44.7mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2006
Excellent recipe! Very easy to make and tastes delicious. The "smokey" flavor sets this dish off wonderfully. I made two small modifications because of my personal preferences -- I eased up a tad on the jalepenos and used soy bacon bits. I would never have thought to add the molasses and brown sugar but they rounded the dish off nicely giving the beans a more mellow flavor. This is a new favorite! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/17/2006
I don't really care for black beans but Husband loves them and he didn't like this at all. The sweet/spicy/smokey flavors just don't work. I ended up throwing most of it away. Thanks anyway. Read More
(5)
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2006
Excellent recipe! Very easy to make and tastes delicious. The "smokey" flavor sets this dish off wonderfully. I made two small modifications because of my personal preferences -- I eased up a tad on the jalepenos and used soy bacon bits. I would never have thought to add the molasses and brown sugar but they rounded the dish off nicely giving the beans a more mellow flavor. This is a new favorite! Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2006
Instead of pickled jalapeno peppers I used a 4 oz. can of diced jalapeno peppers and it was great. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2008
I make this recipe regularly but I rarely have the forethought to pre-soak beans.. so I just use canned black beans. It's very good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2006
These are great! My husband AND kids like them. I sometimes make them without the bacon and less br. sugar and they are still really good! Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2007
I like the flavor of this recipe a lot though it surprised me as I guess I was expecting something a little more southwest and it reminds me instead of Boston Baked Beans only with turtle beans. For my own preferences I cut the sugar back to a tablespoon and added chipotle en adobo and a flick of fresh chopped cilantro. I'm sure it is great over chicken but it is also wonderful with vegetarian protein substitutes like quorn. Read More
(6)
Rating: 2 stars
09/17/2006
I don't really care for black beans but Husband loves them and he didn't like this at all. The sweet/spicy/smokey flavors just don't work. I ended up throwing most of it away. Thanks anyway. Read More
(5)
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Rating: 2 stars
03/10/2006
We found that this recipe lacked something in taste and ended up dumping in a very large can of baked beans to give it more flavor. We also had to add a cup of water (possibly because we're at high elevation?) so not sure if that diluted what flavor was supposed to be there; but we probably would not make this again in the future especially using dried beans. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
09/16/2009
Very good base recipe- I used less sugar added fresh garlic chopped bacon not really patted dry after frying instead if grease Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2015
I eat a lot of beans and grains and I get tired of the same old same old cumin/curry options! This blew me away! This is my new favorite dish when I want to make something special. I didn't have bacon but I used a cube of chicken stock for flavoring. The essential ingredients are the sugar liquid smoke and molasses. The best part is that it is one of the easiest dishes I make; I keep cooked beans in the freezer to whip it up in less than 20 minutes. Read More