Today I’m sharing my Easy Seasoned Beans recipe that is flavored with aromatic onion, garlic, and smoked paprika. These beans are a weekly essential in our house. We love to make them as part of our meal prep and keep them in the fridge to add to our meals.
Did you buy a lot of extra beans at the beginning of the social distancing and quarantine days? I know that I sure did. And I quickly got sick of them and wanted to create a simple recipe to season my beans and batch cook them.
Well, I got creative in the kitchen and came up with today’s recipe that I had to share with you all!
I love these beans in tacos, burritos, or as a protein in a macro bowl. They have a lot of delicious flavors and I just love them.
I kept the recipe super simple, with 10 ingredients, and it’s ready in 15 minutes. It’s one of those “throw everything in the pot and stir it every once in a while” kind of recipes. My favorite!
Let’s get into the details.
What Kind Of Beans Do I Use?
My favorite part about this recipe is that it’s super customizable depending on what beans you have. My go to’s for this recipe are black beans and pinto beans, mostly because I always have those beans on hand.
You can certainly use other varieties of beans like kidney, white, great northern, etc. I think this would even be good with lentils. I would go with brown or green because red lentils would get too mushy.
If you’re going the legume route chickpeas would probably be pretty delicious with this flavor profile as well. I might add a dash of curry seasoning to chickpeas though. Yum!
Make it Flavorful
The most important part of this dish, aside from the fresh onion and garlic are the spices. They are bringing on all of that flavor.
I went with the usual suspects like onion powder and garlic powder to complement their fresh counterparts. I also added some earthy cumin because I think it was made for beans and lentils, so tasty.
Next up I add smoked paprika. If you’re not a fan of that smoky flavor feel free to use regular paprika to get that sweet, savory punch of flavor.
If you’re out of any of these spices, even though I kept it pretty basic, you could substitute in some chili powder. It is a combination of most of the spices I’m using, but I like to refine the flavor by picking what to add more or less of.
If you wanted these easy seasoned beans spicy you could add in some cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
If you wanted to change up the flavor you could add chipotle or adobo, that would be wonderful.
Let’s Make Easy Seasoned Beans
It really is so easy to make these beans, it takes 10 ingredients and 15 minutes of your time. I have found it to be the best meal prep addition I’ve made in a hot second.
You will simply saute the onion and garlic in some unflavored oil, to really get those flavors popping, and then add in everything else! So easy.
While the beans are simmering on low you only need to stir them every few minutes to make sure nothing is sticking. They are pretty low maintenance.
And when time is up you have a super simple, delicious batch of seasoned beans to enjoy!
Without further ado, let’s get into this recipe!
As always please share your recreations on social media and don’t forget to tag me! I love to feature your recreations on my Instagram stories!
- 2 tbsp unflavored oil (like vegetable or canola)
- ½ onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cans beans, including liquid
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
Heat a pan to medium-high heat (6/10) and add in the oil
When the oil is hot add in the onion and let it saute until it is just starting to look golden brown and translucent
Add in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, being careful to not burn the garlic
Add in 3 cans of beans, liquid and all
Add the spices to the pan and stir to combine everything
Let the mixture come to simmer and then turn the heat to low and let it cook and thicken
Stir occasionally, every few minutes, while the mixture thickens
When the mixture is the consistency of baked beans turn off the heat
Add the beans to a storage container and store in the fridge for 3-5 days