Liquid Smoke Black Beans

Black Beans can be so hit or miss if you don’t know how to season them properly. After my recent trip back to the US, I picked up some liquid smoke and it made such a difference, I’ve been making them like this ever since. I don’t know what I’ll do when I run out! I highly recommend picking some up and making these.

Garlic, Red Pepper and Onion
Don’t forget the Bay Leaf!

Liquid Smoke Black Beans


  • 1.5 cup of black beans, soaked overnight in water
  • 1/4 cup onion, small dice
  • 1/4 cup red pepper, small dice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp Better than Bouillon, Low-Sodium Beef Base or buillon cube of choice
  • 1-2 bay leaves, whole
  • 1/2 juice of lime, approx. 2-4 tbsp
  • 1/8 cup olive oil + 1 tbsp
  • Splash liquid smoke
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. After soaking beans overnight, rinse beans two or three times or more until water runs clear.
  2. On medium high heat, add tbsp of olive oil to pot with onion, red pepper and garlic. Stir constantly until garlic is fragrant and onions are translucent.
  3. Add lime juice and stir for one minute, followed by cumin and Beef Base. Stir for another minute.
  4. Add black beans and enough water to cover beans. Add bay leaf. Bring to boil.
  5. Lower heat and cook for 2 hours until soft.
  6. Add a splash of liquid smoke, then stir in olive oil and the salt and pepper once beans are soft.
  7. Take 1/2 cup of bean/onion mixture and blend/pulse until smooth, add back into the pot and cook for 30 more minutes.
  8. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro and serve!

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