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Spicy Red-Eye Baked Beans

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 2 quarts.

Servings: eight to ten.

The addition of the coffee, for which the recipe is named, deepens the other flavors in the beans.


  • 1 lb. dried pinto beans
  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbs. ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp. chipotle chile powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups lower-salt beef broth
  • 1 meaty smoked ham hock
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/3 cup mild molasses, such as Grandma’s Original
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 1 Tbs. bourbon (optional)
  • Kosher salt

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 410
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 140
  • Fat (g): 16
  • Saturated Fat (g): 6
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6
  • Cholesterol (mg): 60
  • Sodium (mg): 350
  • Carbohydrates (g): 41
  • Fiber (g): 10
  • Protein (g): 26


  • Sort through the beans to make sure there are no little stones and then put them in a large bowl or pot. Add enough cold water to cover the beans by 2 inches and let soak overnight. Drain the beans well, tilting the colander instead of shaking it to gently extract the water and protect the beans’ skins.

    Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 300°F.

    Melt the butter in a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.

    Add the chile powders, cumin, allspice, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Cook, stirring, until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add the broth and ham hock. Stir to combine. Add the beans and bring just to a simmer. Cover and bake until the beans are easy to bite into but still a little mealy in texture, 45 to 60 minutes.

    Stir in the coffee, molasses, ketchup, Worcestershire, and oregano. Bake, uncovered, until the beans are fully tender, 30 to 60 minutes more. Cool to room temperature. Discard the oregano stems and the skin from the ham hock. Cut the meat off the bone and chop. Add the meat to the beans and discard the bone. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

    To finish, bring to a simmer, uncovered, over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer until the sauce is reduced to the consistency of thin gravy, stirring occasionally so the bottom doesn’t burn, 40 to 60 minutes. Stir in the bourbon (if using) and season the beans to taste with salt and pepper.


Don’t have time to soak the beans overnight?
Put them in a 4-quart saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover by 2 inches and bring just to a boil. Remove from the heat and soak for 2 hours. Drain the beans and continue with the recipe.


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Reviews (7 reviews)

  • JaneSnelling | 07/02/2014

    Delicious! I didn't have time to let the beans sit over night and continued with the recipe getting great results.

  • mtnque | 07/01/2013

    Man-this recipe is fabulous! Doubled it with addition of 1/2 lb black eyed peas&1/2 lb butterbeans(adjust accordingly).I also used leftover bbque spareribs for a different flavor. Serve with sourdough biscuits&roasted corn on the cob.This will become a new barbeque favorite.

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    capsaiCyn | 09/06/2012

    We enjoyed these, but they were an awful lot of trouble. I can say I'd be willing to make them again, but it would have to be for a special occasion.

  • grlup | 06/12/2012

    I will never eat store bought beans out of a can again. This recipe is that good. I followed the recipe exactly and, yes, it does take time to make but it is so worth it. The flavor is complex, not overly sweet and packs a little heat from the chile powders. I like spice so it was not too spicy at all for me. The beans definitely need to sit in the fridge overnight to allow for full flavor development.

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