Thursday, October 8, 2009

Best Black Beans

I don't know about you guys, but I don't eat enough legumes (what a weird word). They say they are great for you, and they taste great, but somehow I don't manage to make them...ever. I feel like I'm not alone on this either. Well, I saw a recipe for black beans on the Food Network not too long ago, and it made THE best beans I've ever had. I was shocked. I wish I had made more! Here is the recipe I used, and below are my tweaks.

Heat one can of black beans for 5 minutes over low heat. Then stir in 1 medium chopped onion, and simmer for another 30 minutes. These beans take a lot of cooking, so get ready for that. They aren't quick!

Now add in 3 cloves of pressed garlic, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon oregano, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Stir this in well and simmer for ANOTHER 30 minutes (give me a break, right?).

To finish it off, add 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar, kosher salt, and pepper. Cook for another minute or so and serve up these tasty beans. You will not believe how good these taste.

Here are the scallions for garnish, but in all honesty you don't really garnish because these beans are amazingly flavorful.

The Best Black Beans
1 can black beans
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon cumin
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Kosher salt
Ground pepper
Scallions, for garnish

Heat 1 can of black beans over low heat. After about 5 minutes, add 1 chopped medium onion. Simmer for 30 minutes and then add 3 pressed garlic cloves, 1/4 teaspoon oregano, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, and pinch of red pepper flakes. Simmer for another 30 minutes and be sure to stir the beans occasionally. Stir in 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper. Cook for maybe another minute or two and serve adorned with scallions.


  1. Let the --umm-- fart jokes begin. . .

  2. holy moly, they take an hour to cook? That's as long as roasting a whole chicken!

  3. did you drain the bean juice from the can first or did you cook them in the juice?

  4. I drained the beans, but because of the long cooking time I would recommend not draining them so that they don't dry out.

  5. I'm totally making this. Or making my mom make it. Whichever.


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