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Robin's Sweet and Spicy Black Beans

Robin's Sweet and Spicy Black Beans

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Robin B.

These are famous in my family, and I always get asked for the recipe. Serve with rice or in tacos for a yummy and healthy meal!

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  • Calories:
  • 100 kcal
  • 5%
  • Fat:
  • 3.7 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs:
  • 17g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 1.4 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 413 mg
  • 17%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Warm oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, and cook about 2 minutes; then stir in garlic, and cook until onion is soft and translucent. Stir in tomatoes, cilantro, and sugar. Season with cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, and ground cinnamon. Cook for 10 minutes. Stir in black beans, and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer 1 hour or longer.
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If I had left out the cayenne and the 3 T. of sugar, this might have been a good side dish. As written, however, and even though I cut WAY back on the cayenne, this was a strange combination of sugary sweet and fiery hot that just didn't work.


i thought this was so unusual and really good. i gave the recipe 4 stars because i thought 3T sugar would be over-the-top sweet, and i think i was right. i cut the sugar back to 2T which was really good, but i acually think 1T would be the perfect amt. i only used abt. half the onion called for b/c that's all i had, but that worked just fine. i was worried that the beans would get mushy after cooking for so long, but they held up just fine. the title sums up exactly what this dish tastes like, so if sweet and spicy is not your bag, you best move on ;-)


We make this dish a couple of times per month. Very simple and very flavorful. Ingredients are always on hand. Sometimes we serves over a cooked bag of Success Brown Rice though it's fine alone too.