Adding Smoky Flavor to Beans

Adding a few drops of liquid smoke to your favorite bean soup is the fastest way to add a smoky flavor to beans. Liquid smoke is a condiment that is created by passing smoke from smoldering wood chips through a condenser and then cooling the vapors to liquefy them. The liquid is filtered to produce a clean, safe product that is packed with the flavors most people associated with smoked meats.

Or try smoked paprika, a Spanish version of the more common sweet Hungarian paprika. It’s made from dried pimiento peppers that have been smoked over an oak fire and then ground into a powder.

A third way to incorporate deep smoky flavors into bean dishes is with the addition of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Try this recipe for Warm Chipotle Black Bean Dip.