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Black Bean - Basic Recipe

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Dawn Gilkes


2 cups dried black beans - 1lb
2 bayleafs
2 medium onions, chopped medium chunks
1 bell pepper - red or green, chopped medium chunks
3 cloves garlic, pressed or grated
2 teaspoons mexican oregano (this is stronger, so use 1 tablespoon of regular oregano)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoons salt
4 cups water
7 cups water

Step 1 - soaking beans

Rinse beans well using a bowl and colander, remove any stones or floaters

Place beans and 4 cups of water metal pot with a lid. Soak covered for 10 hours. I usually start mine the evening before I intend to cook them.

The beans should double in size.

Step 2 - cooking

Toss out soaking water and rinse beans well.

Place in pot and cover with 6 cups of fresh water - add bayleaves

Bring to a boil and remove any scum.

Lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Then stir in onions and bell pepper (optional) and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.

Then stir in garlic and spices - oregano, cumin & salt (note: do not add salt any earlier or it will harden the beans), simmer for an additional 30 minutes.

If water gets too low add more and bring back to a boil, make sure to adjust cooking time to accommodate the time it takes to bring water back to a boil.

Serve with fresh with any of the following: chopped scallions, cilantro, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon vinegar or white wine.

Can be frozen into serving size packages.

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Preparation Time:
1 day and 90 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This can be a main dish or side dish.

If you want to use canned beans:
2 16oz cans, rinsed
Pre cook onions and bell pepper (if using) in avocado oil until transparent
Add all ingredients to pot (start with 4 cups of water)
Simmer for 30 min (add more water if necessary)




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