Baja Baked Beans


  • 4 cups black beans, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped (we never put this in because I hate cilantro)
  • 1 T cumin seed
  • 2 T pure chili powder
  • 1 T oregano
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 T salt
  • 2 T chipotle puree
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 x 5.5 oz can tomato paste
  • 1/3 c red wine vinegar (or balsamic)


  1. Put all ingredients up to and including onion into a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce head and simmer until beans are cooked (about an hour). Add 2 teaspoons of salt near the end.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Add remaining ingredients into pot. Mix well, season to taste.
  4. Transfer beans to something that can go in the oven. Put a tray underneath to catch drippings.
  5. Bake in the oven for at least an hour. Recipe says to bake with lid on, but we always do it with the lid off so they're not as runny.