Fast & Smokey Black Beans

I have always preferred to soak my own black beans and cook them low and slow, but I don’t always have time or plan far enough ahead to have them ready for my recipes. When I am running low on time or just feeling like something simple this is my go to recipe for black beans. Your friends and family will think that you have been slaving on them for hours…you might even fool yourself!

Gluten-Free Smokey Black Beans

1 can unseasoned black beans & liquid
1 tablespoon olive oil (feel free to swap it up with flavored oils)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 water
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Place all of the ingredients into a medium saucepan and simmer on low for 5-8 minutes. The longer you simmer the thicker the sauce will be.

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.