Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
10 Hours 30 Mins
12 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup)

Add extra flavor to baked Great Northern beans with dry-cured Spanish chorizo, a type of smoked sausage with a deep red color. Be sure to use firm, dry-cured Spanish chorizo and not soft, raw Mexican chorizo for this recipe.

How to Make It

Step 1

Sort and wash beans; place in a Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans. Cover; let stand 8 hours. Drain.

Step 2

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chorizo; cook 4 minutes or until fat begins to render. Add onion and garlic; sauté 10 minutes or until tender. Add beans, water, and next 7 ingredients (through bay leaves); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until beans are just tender.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 4

Stir brown sugar and the next 3 ingredients (through crushed red pepper) into bean mixture; bring to a simmer. Cover; bake at 350° for 1 1/2 hours or until beans are very tender and sauce is thick. Remove from oven; stir in vinegar, black pepper, and ground red pepper. Discard bay leaves; sprinkle with green onions and parsley.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

hogan79's Review

February 01, 2014

MeganHambone's Review

October 10, 2012

IoneTaylor's Review

July 13, 2012
These beans were very good and tasted even better the second day.

cmwilliams310's Review

July 24, 2011
Almost perfect, but not quite. The flavor was a little lacking without modifications, although they were small. I suggest upping the tomato paste and molasses by an extra tablespoon (or two). The first time I made them I actually ended up adding it in towards the end when I wasn't happy with the flavor, so you can play around with it. Also, while there are a lot of different spices, I wouldn't skip any (especially the smoked paprika). They're essential.

marvlis's Review

July 05, 2011
I needed a recipe that I could cook in my crock pot or roaster for a large crowd and this was it! I'm not a big fan of sausage so I used bacon instead. I cooked the beans until tender and then added in the sauce ingredients and turned my cooker up to let the sauce thicken. If you are going to leave these in a slow cooker you need to cut back on the water so that they are not too soupy. These beans were a hit!

KarlyV's Review

July 01, 2011
Made these for a Canada Day cookout. Absolutely fantastic!

dgbonagura's Review

June 05, 2011

kgkerr's Review

May 22, 2011