How to Make Spicy & Cheesy Black Beans Bake


Surely everyone is in love with the white beans that is found everywhere in this world. Beans have a lot of vitamins and antioxidants. Baking tomatoes with white beans is a great combination, but have you ever tried black beans?

Black beans shine in a deep-red mixture of fried garlic, caramelized tomato paste, smoked paprika and cumin.

The whole skillet gets coated in a generous sprinkling of sharp Cheddar or Manchego cheese, then baked until melted. The final result is what you hope for from a really good chili or stew, but in a lot less time. For a spicier rendition, add a pinch of cayenne with the paprika, or douse the final skillet with hot sauce.

How you can serve Spicy and Cheesy Black Beans Bake?

Serve with tortillas, tortilla chips, rice, a baked potato or fried eggs.


Step 1. Heat the oven to 475 degrees. In a 10-inch ovenproof skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high. Fry the garlic until lightly golden, about 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste, paprika, red-pepper flakes and cumin (be careful of splattering), and fry for 30 seconds, reducing the heat as needed to prevent the garlic from burning.

Step 2. Add the beans, water and generous pinches of salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top then bake until the cheese has melted, 5 to 10 minutes. If the top is not as browned as you’d like, run the skillet under the broiler for 1 or 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

Step 3. Enjoy!

How to Make Spicy & Cheesy Black Beans Bake

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Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 3.7/5
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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups grated Cheddar or Manchego cheese (from about a 6-ounce block)


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