I find it extremely difficult to eat food without meat, and somehow I have never been able to wrap my head around pairing other proteins with beans, it just doesn’t feel right to me. But since I am a strict “meatitarian” I served the beans with blackened salmon and cubed fried plantain. Enjoy!


  • Black eyed or Red beans – 2 cups 
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • Palm oil – 4 Tablespoons
  • Dried pepper- 1-2 tablespoon
  • Maggi – 2 cubes  (bouillon cube)
  • Salt – to taste


  • Set a medium size pot on high heat, add in 5 cups of water and bring to boil. Add in the onion and the beans
  • Reduce the heat to medium, let the beans cook for 2 hours or until softened
  • When water is almost dried up, add in the pepper, maggi, salt and palm oil  
  • Simmer on low heat for another 30 minutes. Taste and adjust for salt
  • Serve with plantain, bread, garri or your choice of side


If you are soaking the beans prior to cooking, you will only have to cook it for 1hour 30mins
Back home, we used blended pepper not dried pepper, I happen to fancy dried pepper
For a healthy spin, substitute the palm oil for olive oil (save 320 calories, Grill or oven roast the plantain(save 120 calories)