Super Simple Spicy Black Beans {Secret Recipe Club}

Super Simple Spicy Black Beans at Authentic Simplicity

So you know I’ve been such a good girl lately, almost completely eliminating sugar from my diet (or attempting to) and significantly reducing my consumption of refined carbs. And then what blog was I assigned for November’s edition of The Secret Recipe Club? Sweet as Sugar Cookies, of course!
Secret Recipe Club
If you haven’t visited Sweet as Sugar Cookies, then you’re in for a treat. Literally. If your sweet tooth is as powerful as mine, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store with all the delightful desserts Lisa offers up: Honey Ginger Chai Bars, Lime and Coconut Crumble Bars, and Pumpkin Spice Thumbprints, to name just a few.

Oddly enough, though, I settled for a savory recipe, probably because I was feeling the effects of indulging in way too much sugar at Allume and afterwards and needed to balance all that with a little bit of healthiness. Since I had some black beans in the pantry, I chose to make her Spicy Black Beans, which was actually from a Secret Recipe Club event a year and a half ago.

What I love about this recipe is its simplicity. (You might not know this about me, but I like things to be simple. And authentic.) Just dump everything in the pot and simmer for a few minutes, then done! That’s my kinda cookin’, friend!

I will say this: I highly recommend you get in the habit of cooking up dry beans in the crock pot and freezing them so that you always have cooked beans on hand when you need them for a recipe. It’s the simplicity of canned beans without sacrificing the authenticity of the “real thing” (not that canned beans are terrible; but dried beans are definitely better).

Super Simple Spicy Black Beans

Find out how you can join the Secret Recipe Club, too, and partake in all the fun (not to mention the good eatin’!). And be sure to check out all the other bloggers’ delicious takes on their secret bloggy spy mission by browsing through the links below.


  1. Saving this – i am always looking for new ideas of how to do interesting things with my black beans!!

  2. What a great, easy dish. I will have to try this this week. Thanks for sharing with the SRC.

  3. These beans look really good. I love cumin with black beans. Great dish for cooler weather!

  4. I LOVE black beans and this looks like such an easy way to enjoy them!

  5. I too have been working on cutting out sugar and refined carbs and when I got Lisa’s blog, I too went for a savory recipe but so many of her sweet treats were calling me. Love the ease of the beans you made and the spices in them sound wonderful. Great SRC pick.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry: Thai Peanut Noodles with Chicken.


  6. Great minds think alike! As we speak, I am working on a Crock Pot Spicy Black Beans recipe in the kitchen. :-)

  7. These look great. I typically have to make my beans in a pressure cooker because I live pretty high in the mountains, but I’ll bet I can adapt it.


  8. We’re eliminating sugar and refined carbs, too. Beans are rapidly becoming one of my favorites, for the same reasons you’ve pointed out: a freezer full of cooked beans makes for SUCH simple weeknight meals, and they are so economical, too!

  9. This sounds great! I have recently gotten into cooking my own beans and freezing rather than buying canned beans. I’m loving it so far!

  10. I love simple, too! Thanks for sharing at Deep Roots At Home! I have forgotten how good a simple bowl of beans can be, especially over rice. Blessings, and I hope you will grace us with you recipes again :)

  11. Yum! I like beans quite a bit, but hubby doesn’t. This looks like a good recipe to draw him over to my side a bit. Pinning! :)


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