Black Beans and Kielbasa

I love cooking beans. They’re delicious when home-made, especially because you can make them taste however you wish – barbeque style, Mediterranean, or Southwestern. But I have to admit that canned beans are pretty good – especially in a pinch.

For this recipe, I used canned black beans. The only important thing is to drain them and rinse gently in a colander before using. Other than that, they require no cooking, so they can be added to whatever you’re making at the last minute.

This recipe is kind of like a chili, in that there are meat and beans, but the flavors are quite different. And unlike real chili, this dish can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. And it’s good, too!

Black Beans and Kielbasa

3-4 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 – 14 ounce package Polska Kielbasa, or polish sausage, cut into 1″ pieces
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
1 – 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon hot paprika
2 teaspoons dried oregano
3 cans black beans, drained

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over high heat. Add the onion, red bell pepper, and sausage and cook over high heat until there is some color on the sausage.

Turn down the heat to medium, and stir in the garlic. Then add all of the remaining ingredients. Stir well to combine, and heat through.


Serve hot. It’s really good with freshly made cornbread, like my achiote cornbread!

By Published On: February 7th, 201317 Comments on Black Beans and Kielbasa

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. Our Growing Paynes February 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM - Reply

    I do like kielbasa. Never thought to do a stew though so this is interesting.

  2. tableofcolors February 7, 2013 at 12:31 PM - Reply

    This looks really delicious! And I had a couple of cans of black beans in the cupboard…waiting to be used.

  3. The Kat and The Falling Leaves February 7, 2013 at 2:01 PM - Reply

    Comforting, filling and healthy!

  4. fionaward February 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM - Reply

    I’ve always been a little suspicious of the pinkness of the polish sausage. Is it flavoured at all, with spices or garlic maybe?

  5. chef mimi February 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM - Reply

    I’ll have to check my home-made sausage cookbook to find that out… And I’m not home now….

  6. foodisthebestshitever February 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM - Reply

    Eff yes!

  7. 24/7 in France February 8, 2013 at 5:03 AM - Reply

    I just cooked kielbasa the other evening but with white beans – thanks for this recipe too.

  8. chef mimi February 8, 2013 at 5:48 AM - Reply

    Oh, I love white beans, too!

  9. the drunken cyclist February 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM - Reply

    This really looks fantastic and I think the kids will go for it as well!

    • chef mimi February 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM - Reply

      Maybe with the addition of a little cheese, even?

      • the drunken cyclist February 25, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        Going to try this this week–will let you know how it goes!

  10. yummychunklet February 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM - Reply

    Mmm…beans and meat. Nice!

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