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Bowl of BBQ Braised Kale and Beans Skillet

BBQ Braised Kale and Beans Skillet

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American Inspired
  • Diet: Vegan


Bursting with sweet, smoky, and tangy flavors, this BBQ Braised Kale and Beans Skillet recipe is a great way to get in your greens.



Skillet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup yellow onions, fine dice
  • 1 green bell pepper, small dice
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 – [ 8 oz. can ] tomato sauce
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth *
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons pure maple syrup *
  • ½ teaspoon molasses *
  • 1 Tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari *
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar *
  • 1 to 2 [ 15.5 oz. can(s) ] cannellini beans, drained and rinsed *
  • 3 ½ to 4 cups chopped baby kale *

Spice/Herb Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *

Serving Ideas:

  • Boiled, baked, roasted potatoes
  • Steamed rice
  • Crusty bread/flatbread


  1. Place the Spice/Herb Ingredients in a small bowl, mix well, set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, add the finely diced onions and green bell peppers, sauté over medium-high heat for 7 to 9 minutes to soften, add a splash of water, if needed to avoid burning. Then lower the heat to medium, add the minced garlic and tomato paste, sauté, stir constantly for one minute.
  3. Then add all the remaining Skillet Ingredients (except the beans and kale) and the Spice/Herb Mix to the skillet, stir to incorporate, bring the mixture to a boil, then immediately lower to a simmer. Add the beans and kale, stir to incorporate, then simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to marry.
  4. Serving ideas: Serve with steamed rice, boiled or baked potatoes, or with crusty bread or flatbread.


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.

*Servings:  4