Smokey black beans


My old toaster had broken down, and after a period of being a sad toaster-less person, I had built up quite the craving for some nice beans on toast. So, I whipped together these smokey black beans – loosely inspired by the BBQ beans recipe in the BOSH! cookbook πŸ˜€

Smokey black beans – perfectly sweet, salty and with a rich tomato flavour.

How lush doesn’t it look? Black beans are one of my favourite beans, due to taste and texture. The toast would’ve been lovely plain as above, but I went one step further and added hot sauce (Sriracha) on one, and a tahini drizzle on the other. Nooch – aka vegan magic gold dust – had to go on both, of course!

~ Here’s how to make your own ~


  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, or garlic spice
  • 2 fresh tomatoes
  • 1 generous teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1-2 handfuls of spinach
  • soy sauce or tamari, if you’re gluten free
  • maple syrup, golden syrup, other liquid sweetener or simply some plain ol’ sugar
  • smoked paprika, turmeric, mixed herbs, black pepper


  1. Halve your onion, as you only need half for this recipe πŸ™‚ Then chop up that half, and mince or chop your garlic cloves!
  2. Pan fry the onion, then the garlic.
  3. Add in your tomato paste.
  4. Chop up two fresh tomatoes. I’d say fairly small chunks, but nothing crazy (halve tomatoes and then do 4 cuts either way or so).
  5. Add the tomatoes in, stir lots, because you want them to release their juices and go nice and soft!
  6. Drain your black beans, rinse them, and add to the pan.
  7. Add in your powdered spices and your spinach (and watch it wilt).
  8. I didn’t measure the amounts of tamari and maple syrup… I would say go with one tablespoon of each, and stir around, then add in one more if needed!
  9. The end result should be smoky (smoked paprika), sweet (sweetener/sugar) and salty (soy sauce) beans with lots of flavour, ready to go on your toast, or be enjoyed as part of a burrito!

I hope I’ve inspired you to give cool beanz a go, or just to incorporate black beans into your cooking a bit more.

All the love in the world,

xo Linda

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