Black beans are AWESOME in SO many ways…

You can open a can and throw some over a salad.

You can cut open a baked potato, and add some black beans and salsa for a satisfying meal.

How about black bean brownies?

Or black bean and corn salsa?

Refried black beans in a corn burrito

Or how about as the base of a stew, like this super easy recipe for smokey crockpot black beans.

Why do I love this recipe?

It’s very easy.

It has very few easy ingredients that you probably already have at home.

It’s very nutritious – beans are high in fibre, vitamins and minerals, protein.

It tastes delicious.  Leftovers are even better.

It’s versatile – you can eat it like a soup, or you can server over your favourite whole grain, or you can use leftovers as the base of a black bean burger.

Oh, and did I mention that black beans and all legumes are cheap??? This recipe which serves 8 is about $2 worth of beans!

Here’s the recipe:

Serves 8-12

3 cups dried black beans, soaked in water overnight
2 large onions, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced/pressed
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
water to cover black beans
hot sauce of choice to add when serving (optional)

Water sauté onions and garlic until cooked well; they will appear and taste caramelized.
Place cooked onions and garlic in crockpot.

Drain and rinse black beans, then add to crockpot.
Add salt, smoked paprika, and water.

Set crockpot to 6 hours on high.

Serve over brown rice.

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