Black Beans

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Total: 11 hr (includes soaking time)
  • Active: 20 min
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Ingredients

Beans:

1 pound dried black beans

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 

3 cloves garlic, minced 

1 medium onion, diced 

1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced 

1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced 

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced 

1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder, plus more if needed

1 1/2 teaspoons cumin, plus more if needed

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more if needed

Fixins:

Sour cream, for serving

Fresh cilantro leaves, for serving

Lime wedges, for serving

Diced bell peppers, for serving

Directions

  1. For the beans: Place the beans in a bowl or pot, cover with cold water and allow to soak overnight. Drain and rinse before proceeding. (Alternatively, add the beans to a medium pot and cover with hot water. Bring to a boil, and then boil for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover the pot and allow the beans to sit for 1 hour. Drain the beans and rinse them with cold water before proceeding.)
  2. In a medium pot, add the soaked beans, chicken broth, 2 cups water, the garlic, onions and green, red and yellow bell peppers. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Then add the chile powder, cumin and salt and stir. Cover and continue simmering until the liquid level is to your liking, about another hour. Taste for seasoning and add more of what it needs.
  3. For the fixins: Serve in a bowl with sour cream, cilantro, lime wedges and diced bell peppers on the side.
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31 Reviews

C. J. B.

These are really good and inexpensive to make.  I simmered them for an extra 20 minutes at the end, with the lid removed, to cook off just a little bit more liquid.  People should remember that beans will absorb more liquid when they are cooling, so don't let all of the liquid evaporate while cooking or they will end up too thick.  I also added some Cajun seasoning and hot sauce at the end.  Can't wait to try the black bean burger made with this recipe.  Thanks Ree!

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