Black Beans with Cinnamon and Clove

September 26th, 2010 by Erin Gennow
Cinnamon Clove Black Beans

Cinnamon Clove Black Beans

Adapted from The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper

As I mentioned in my post a few weeks ago beans are a great low cost food and full of fiber.  They also take on whatever flavors you use when you cook with them.  This recipe offers a unique flavor twist for black beans with the cinnamon and clove spices.  The spices are very warming, so it’s a great hearty, autumnal recipe.  The dish makes a lot and is very filling.  Serve it with some couscous or quinoa and some sautéed spinach for a complete meal.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Inactive Prep Time: 8 hours

Cook Time: 1 ½ hours for cooking soaked beans; 20 minutes for main dish

Serves: 6


1 cup dried black beans, soaked at least 8 hours in water (or 2-15oz. cans, drained and rinsed)

olive oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

1 14oz can tomatoes

1 ½ cups water

2 tablespoons butter


Place the soaked beans in a 4 quart sauce pan and add enough water to cover the beans by one inch.  Bring beans to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1-1 ½ hours, until beans are soft and tender.  This may be done up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated.  (If you are using canned beans you skip this step)

Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat and film with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.  Saute the finely chopped onion with salt and pepper until soft and translucent.

Add the four minced garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and ½ teaspoons cloves.  Cook for one minute, stirring so the spices do not burn.  Add the can of tomatoes and smash them with the back of a wooden spoon.  Cook for a couple minutes.

Add the cooked beans and mash some (or all) of the beans in the pan.  Add ¾ cups of the water and stir to combine all the ingredients.  Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the beans are thick, adding more water if necessary.

Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary.  Stir in 2 tablespoons of butter just before serving.


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