Monday, February 9, 2009

BBQ Black Beans with Kale

Today we have a twist on the typical beans and greens combo. This version combines the sweet and spicy taste of BBQ black beans with yellow bell pepper and garlicky kale. It makes a delicious meal that goes great on a bed of rice or baked potato. While homemade barbecue sauce is superb, sometimes you want your beans and veggies on the table without much fuss. This recipe calls for store bought sauce. I used my favorite, the Tangy Barbecue Sauce from Whole Foods. The most time consuming part here is trimming the kale leaves from the stems. And you won't mind going to that little bit of trouble because greens are so healthy and tasty too.

Barbecue Black Beans with Kale
4 servings

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 pound kale, stems discarded, leaves rinsed and coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 large yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
1 shot (1 1/2 ounces) rum

In a large skillet, heat 1 Tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add kale (in batches if necessary), salt, pepper, and garlic. Cook until wilted, a few minutes. Pour into a bowl and set aside.

Heat remaining Tablespoon olive oil in the skillet over medium heat. Saute bell pepper with ancho chile powder for about 4 minutes, until the pepper softens. Add beans, barbecue sauce, and rum. Turn to low heat and cook gently for 15 minutes. Stir in kale. Serve over baked potato or rice.


  1. i've never tried kale! what does it taste like?

  2. Pearl, to me kale is denser and chewier than spinach, and has a mild and not bitter taste. I almost always just saute it with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. I think it's great for soup because it doesn't get too limp.

  3. your post had me at "garlicky kale", Lisa! mmmmmmmmm! i think this would be perfect on a potato, indeed! your dish sounds sooooo delicious! thanks! :)

  4. Shows how much creativity I have - I had never thought of using BBQ sauce on anything but BBQ meat! @_@ Great, great idea! That smoky flavor is something I haven't had in awhile, so I'll definitely try this out soon :)

  5. Kale in BBQ sauce sounds like a great combination - and the shot of rum sounds like the perfect twist for this. Can't go wrong with beans and greens!

  6. What a great idea to use bbq sauce with the beans! I've tried to make my own baked beans before with little success--this sounds great.

  7. I can't stop refreshing the page and checking out all the adorable dogs!

    This dish looks so tasty and so healthful! I love how the orange placemat brings out the yellow peppers!

  8. You always amaze me! So healthy, beautiful and delicious!

  9. I too am addicted to kale. It seems I'm adding it to everything.
    BBQ beans, my son loves them. This recipe I must to try. Looks tasty!

  10. I'm finally jumping on the kale train. I used to find the slight bitterness awkward with the texture, but I have been loving it lately. Cannot wait to try this recipe!

  11. This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it.

  12. I made this last night, hoooly shit. So easy and quick to make, hardest thing really was the chopping of the veggies, which took a good 5 minutes at longest. I don't have rum, so I instead used a small bit of tamari and cayenne pepper to give it an added kick in flavor.

    Just gobbled down the leftovers I had from my halfed recipe. Absolutely filling and delicious. This is being added to my recipe book. yay kale and beans, two of my favorite things.

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