Sauced Beans (Ewa) (Black Eyed Peas Recipe)

 Sauced beans is one of my absolute favorite things to eat, I could eat it for breakfast , lunch and supper.
Sauced beans
This is the perfect savory combination of spices and palm oil. This beans is typically served with fried plantain, garri (Fried cassava) or bread. It’s also okay if you choose to eat it by itself.

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.

Since I am a strict “meatitarian” I served the beans with  salmon and cubed fried plantain. Enjoy!



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



  1. Set a medium size pot on high heat, add in 5 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add in the onion and beans.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium, let the beans cook for 1.5 hours (add more water during cooking if needed)
  4. When water is almost dried up; add in the pepper, maggi, salt and palm oil .
  5. Simmer on low heat for another 30 minutes.

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 1 hour
– Back home, we used blended pepper not dried pepper. Either one works

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By |September 1st, 2011|24 Comments


  1. Francisca October 9, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Hi. Thank you for this post. I just made beans but added crayfish and dried fish to the mix. It turned out pretty good. Keep doing what you’re doing ma’m.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 28, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      You are welcome. Thanks for the feedback.

  2. Mama funks March 7, 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Hi, can I substitute olive oil for palm oil?

  3. Sam January 31, 2017 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Is the pepper you use a spicy type or..? Thanks!

  4. funmi October 21, 2016 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Is this OK for weight loss because is not in your book. Thanks

    • Kemz April 3, 2017 at 2:40 am - Reply

      It’s perfect for weight loss

  5. Wuraola October 11, 2016 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Just cooking this dish today and it came perfectly. My hubby loves beans and I stock up so much after our 9ja trip but the only times I cooked it, it got burnt 🙁 I added a bit of ginger, put 2 spoons palm oil and 2 olive oil and it got perfect. Thanks for making my life so much easier. And btw, I love the way you substitute ingredients and make your recipes healthier.

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  7. Toks June 25, 2016 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Can you make this with black beans?

  8. Jill September 3, 2015 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    This site has been a blessing to me. I am a non-Nigerian married to a Nigerian and you know the saying “a way to a man’s heart is thru his stomach”. I’ve learnt so much and keep recommending it to all my friends who are just like me. Thanks so much. I’ve always used a pressure cooker to cook beans which cuts down the cooking time to 20mins. No soaking! At that time the beans is almost cooked and then proceed as per instructions

  9. Ruby-Asia July 11, 2015 at 4:59 am - Reply

    Hello 9jafoodie, I love your site, so many yummy meals its makes a foodie like me go crazy. I just wanted to suggest adding ground up crayfish and grated ginger to this recepie, it gives the beans that extra flavour. Thanks and please keep posting.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 11, 2015 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      I will definitely try grated ginger. Crayfish is great in beans but it reminds me a little too much of gbegiri soup 🙁

  10. Tito June 6, 2015 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Gosh! This is such an easy and delicious meal to make. This is my third time in as many weeks. Love it Naija foodie!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 9, 2015 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      I am just as inlove with this recipe as you are. Happy cooking foodie.

  11. Shade I February 14, 2015 at 5:08 am - Reply

    Came upon this site by chance. You are truly talented, as a foodie, I really appreciate the passion and professionalism you have gone to. I have always belived that Nigerian food is superior in taste and range to alot of other cuisines and could not fathom why it was not as popular as Asian food in this country…then I figured our lack of at attension to detail, presentation, customer service, punctuality in delivering a service and inconsistencies all hinder this.

    Every time I cook 9ja food be it cow leg; goat; to European friends they love it and always beg me to recommend a restaurant which I am reluctant to do for the above mentioned reasons. I had a restaurant in Nigeria for a couple of years which was very successful…. When I started people said o, we don’t do it like that here….I was doing 9ja food with a twist…I gave it up as it was more of a hobby than a job.

    I really admire you and pray you keep getting inspiration, you are truly gifted..,,,

    All the best

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      Thank you so very much Shade, I really appreciate your feedback.

  12. yemi August 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    If you are using cup to measure food(rice,beans etc) what exactly is the size of the cup use for this measurements?

  13. akinrotoye July 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Please,how can one grill plantain?

  14. e__victor
    e__victor October 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Any substitute for palm oil? O_o

  15. […] really have a clue how to make it so when all else fails Google it! I stumbled upon a few sites 9jafood and My Nigerian Plate, which I used to get the basic recipe then I spoke to my mum and Aunt who […]

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