What is it about ‘sloppy’ food that always makes it taste the best!?! Today I am sharing a super feel-good, Spicy Black Beans one-pot comfort food recipe.

This recipe excites me. It’s one of those delightful, medleys of deliciousness. Where the flavours dance and entwine to become so much more than all the individual parts.

The spices are warming, rather than hot so that you can really appreciate the ‘dance’ without being overpowered.

It’s actually pretty simple if you have the dried spices to hand. If you don’t have them all, then you can also try swapping out for ones that you have available instead. This recipe is super forgiving if you deviate. 

Spicy Black Beans by Anastasia - gluten-free, vegan comfort food

What’s in the spicy black beans one pot?

I am using some of my favourite spices in this recipe. 

  • ground coriander with its earthy sweetness
  • cinnamon and its punchy zing
  • cardamom with its sensual citron favour
  • stoked paprika and rich smokiness
  • black pepper and a pinch of chilli for a gentle kick

Remember if you don’t have any of these spices, then simply swap them about or use what you have available instead.

Add in tomato (in the form of passata, which is sieved or strained tomatoes, usually found in a jar or bottle etc.). If you don’t have passata or strained/sieved tomatoes then just blend up some tinned tomatoes instead.  

Then we have onion, garlic and coconut to complete this simple yet unique blend of flavours. Flavours that are, I am sure, all very thrilled to be in the pot together.

What to eat with your black bean one pot?

Easy! This is a versatile recipe that can be eaten as a stew with…

  • bread
  • rice
  • potato wedges
  • baked potato
  • millet
  • quinoa
  • crackers

Spicy Black Beans by Anastasia - gluten-free, vegan comfort food

A note about black beans (also known as black turtle beans)…

Can you cook dry black beans without soaking them first?

I usually cook my beans from scratch. Black beans (also known as black turtle beans) are one of the fastest dried beans to cook. Even without soaking, they are soft in less than an hour. I make a big panful and then freeze whatever I don’t need at the time in batches.

Should I use dry beans and cook them or use ready cooked from a can?

It works either way.

It’s more convent to use beans from a can if you are in a hurry. This recipe calls for what would probably be (in the UK) a little less than 2 cans of beans (drained weight).

However, it is often more budget-friendly to buy dry black beans in bulk and batch cook them then freeze them ready for use whenever you need them.

Black beans are a high-protein vegan food

Black beans have ended up being my favourite option when it comes to wanting a super high protein food.

They are an important staple food in Central and South American cuisine, offering excellent nutritional value, high in protein and good for antioxidants. 

Spicy Black Beans by Anastasia - gluten-free, vegan comfort food

Ok, let’s make this!

I’ve written a printable version of this recipe here…

Spicy Black Beans with Creamed Coconut by Anastasia - gluten-free, vegan comfort food

Spicy Black Beans - Vegan Comfort Food with warming spices

Yield: 4 portions
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A delicious spicy black bean recipe that serves well with potatoes, rice, millet, quinoa or with rice in a burrito wrap. Vegan and gluten-free as always.


  • 1 large red onion (any colour will work)
  • Dash of oil (to sauté)
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 100ml water
  • 400g pre-cooked black beans
  • 300ml passata (seived/strained tomatoes in a jar/bottle)
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Twist of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Pinch ground chilli
  • 50g (¼ block) creamed coconut


  1. Finely chop onion.
  2. Heat a dash of oil (I use coconut or olive oil) in a big pan and toss in the onion, stirring regularly for a couple of minutes.
  3. Crush garlic and toss in with the onion to sauté.
  4. Add the water, black beans and passata and bring to the boil. Once it's boiling turn down the heat to simmer the contents.
  5. Grind the cardamom seeds (after discarding the pods), with a pestle & mortar (or a sharp heavy knife) and add to the pan.
  6. Add the salt, pepper, coconut sugar, coriander, cinnamon, smoked paprika and chilli and mix in.
  7. Allow to cook for at least 15 minutes. Longer cooking is also great, if you have the time, to allow the flavours to dance and infuse together.
  8. Chop the creamed coconut (which comes in block form) and add near the end of the cooking period. Allow to melt in and infuse. If you don't have creamed coconut then use at least 100ml of coconut cream instead.
  9. This serves right away or keeps for up to a week in the fridge (the flavours will also continue to develop as the days go by too).

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