I remember when I first started a Paleo diet — beans were completely shunned! Strict Paleo eaters will still say beans are a no, no. But me? Well, I’m from Texas — aaaaaaaannnnd we love our beans. SPICY…beans?…even more so.
The hubby requested I make a pot of beans the other day. I didn’t really know how I wanted to make them…his only request was that they be spicy. So, I decided to make them a one-pot type meal with some kielbasa sausage. We enjoyed our bowls with some homemade cornbread — *gasp*!! No, cornbread is not Paleo either, BUT I did make it gluten free. The beans were such a hit I decided to share them with you. Hope you enjoy!
- 1 lb. dry pinto beans
- 1 lb. smoked kielbasa sausage links, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 jalapeno peppers, diced
- 1 shallot, minced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups chicken stock (I like to use this one)
- 6 cups water
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1.5 tbsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tbsp. chili powder
- 2 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tbsp. dried oregano
- 3 large handfuls of kale greens, chopped
- Start by cleaning and soaking your beans. Place them in a pot, cover them with water, and set the pot to boil. Once the water is boiling, turn the heat off and cover. Allow the beans to soak for 1 hour.
- Drain the beans and set them aside.
- In a heavy pot or dutch oven warm the olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Cook the sausage until it is nicely browned. Using a slotted spoon, remove the sausage and leave the drippings. Set sausage aside.
- Add the jalapeno and shallot to the pot. Saute until tender – 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add minced garlic and saute until it’s fragrant – 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Pour in the chicken stock and deglaze the pot – scrape up any browned bits from your sausage.
- Now put the beans back in the pot.
- Add the water, tomatoes, and all spices.
- Bring the pot back up to a boil. Once boiling, set heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 3-4 hours. The total time depends on how tender you like your beans.
- Halfway through the cooking time check to make sure they still have enough liquid. If not, add more. Also, check for seasoning. Add your browned sausage back to the pot.
- Once the beans are tender, stir in the chopped kale. Continue to cook until kale is wilted – 5 to 10 minutes.