Smokey Beans

Beans are a really important part of my diet, I really enjoy cooking with them and eating them and I think they are a great way to make meals more interesting.  I make these smokey beans all the time, so I thought I’d share my recipe because it’s so versatile.  You could eat them on toast, with mash, or even as a side to a southern state feast.  Butter beans are my favourite bean, however you could use any kind of white bean for this recipe, haricot beans would also be particularly delicious!


Shopping List


1 shallot

3 cloves of garlic

olive oil

1 dessert spoonful of smoked paprika

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 can butter beans

salt and pepper


Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pan on a high heat.  Finely chop the shallots and garlic and add to the pan, frying until soft. Add the cumin and fry for a further couple of minutes before adding the smoked paprika and ground coriander.

14017996_10210425470021393_622527253_nFry for 5 more minutes then add the chopped tomatoes and butter beans with their water.  Season with salt and pepper and cook for 15 minutes on a medium heat with the lid on, before removing the lid and cooking for 10 more minutes.  Serve with some fresh parsley and enjoy!

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