Spicy Beans for Cold Winter Days UncategorizedBean Bulletin, Cooking Turn up the heat on cold winter days by adding a little extra spice to bean dishes. It’s easy to incorporate peppery flavors from all different types of global cuisine and you don’t need a recipe to do so. Just saute onions in vegetable oil until translucent. Add cooked beans and then stir in your favorite spice or spice mixture. Add a little bit at a time, tasting to get the right amount of heat. Try a spice blend like Cajun seasoning, North African harissa, Jamaican Jerk seasoning, Ethiopian Bebere or curry powder. Even a dash of hot pepper sauce like sriracha can give a plain bean dish some lively appeal. For additional information, see our chart of dry beans mostly commonly consumed around the world.