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Best Black Bean Recipe. Ever!

Ok. That wasn't fair. I have nothing to offer. I cook my black beans with garlic, cilantro, sea salt, black pepper and usually a bit of cayenne or similar.

But, I am looking for a change of pace. So I am not offering the best recipe ever. I am asking for one! :)

Black beans are an excellent source of nutrition and are, in my opinion, more flavorful than other varieties (I grew up on pinto). But I am looking for any awesome recipes that may be floating around here.

If you have one, please post it, and I promise to cook it, and let you know how awesome it was... :)

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Funny enough, I'm eating a bowl of black bean right now

I am a lazy college student and never actually cook beans but lately I've been getting the Eden canned black beans with bpa-free lining and they are yumm

Black bean desserts

The ones I like.

Black bean brownies

Black bean (or red bean) Jaey-uh - It's a Vietnamese drink/dessert. I have no idea how I'm supposed to spell that, but if you find yourself at a Vietnamese restaurant, deli, or bakery that has these, order one. They are especially good on a hot day. I've made the black bean Jaey-uh at home after a stop-off at the Vietnamese grocery and it was fine, but it's a strange drink so you'll need to see an authentic one before trying that. They are easiest to come by in Chicago, but I saw one in Louisville just last weekend.

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Black beans are good, but red beans are the best.

And no, I'm not talking about kidney beans, I'm referring to small dark red beans.

Make with the recipe, then

My kid asked me to make him black beans and rice or red beans and rice. Maybe I'll make both and compare.

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Don't forget epazote

Every culture has some herb they add to beans to reduce flatulence. Mexicans use epazote, Europeans use summer savory, Indians use asafoetida.

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Spicy Caribbean Black Beans

I have never followed the recipe exactly but it always comes out yummy.

1/4 cup olive oil
1 Large onion
2 large garlic cloves
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
2 15 oz. cans black beans well drained
3 cups water
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
pinch of sugar

1 cup rice
1/2 tsp. turmeric

1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 jalepeno chilies seeded and minced
1/2 7 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and thinly sliced

Heat oil in large heavy saucepan over med. heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and chili powder and cook 1 min. , stirring. Add beans, 1 cup water and bay leaf. Simmer until thick soup consistency, 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Add vinegar, pepper sauce and sugar. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile bring remaining 2 cups water to boil and add rice, turmeric and salt and stir. Cover and cook over low heat until all liquid is absorbed. 20 minutes.

Mix chopped red onion and chilies in small bowl. Mound rice in center of platter. Spoon beans around rice. Arrange roasted pepper slices atop beans. Pass red onion relish separately.

wolfe's picture

This sounds really good!

Several of the recipes have called for cans of black beans so I am going to make a pot of plain beans (I cook from dry beans) so that I have enough to try these.

Do you know if they add anything to the canned beans, like salt?

The Philosophy Of Liberty -

We usually

cook them all day in a crock with the same type of recipe you have listed, garlic is definitely a must, and some onion too helps flavor em up a bit. Then we get tortillas, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, rice, sour cream, and some salsa and cheese and make ourselves what we like to call haystacks. They are the bomb.

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how about

This might not be the best recipe, but it's pretty easy.

This might not be the best recipe, but it's pretty easy.

Fry up some chopped onions(1/2 or 1 onion), and mushrooms(about 4 or 5 sliced), with a little bit of oil or butter(enough to keep stuff from burning and sticking to the pan, but not soo much that everything gets soggy), and some spices( salt, pepper, etc.). When they are almost done, add the black beans to the same pan with some sliced black olives(about 1 can) and some chili powder and just mix them with the chili powder and other stuff and get them hot(obviously not hard dry beans, but ones that were already cooked, or from a can(1 or 2) if that's all you have). Then put some butter or oil on another pan(probably use cast iron for this part, you don't need a lot of oil/butter, the more you use the greasier it will be) and fry up a tortilla folded like a taco with cheese in the middle (on medium heat or less). When both sides of the tortilla look done and the cheese is melted in the middle, put it on a plate, open it and put the beans and stuff from the other pan in it along with some sour cream, salsa, and some diced tomatoes or peppers (etc.) and fold it back up like a burrito. It makes a crispy sort of burrito.

two words

green olives

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how I do it:

In a big soup pot saute a chopped onion, bell pepper, and garlic with a whole tube of chorizo. When the veggies are par-cooked, drain the oil, and mix in 4 cups of cooked/canned black beans, turn the heat to low, cover and simmer for a half hour.

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Gonna try this

Chorizo takes me back to the days I lived in Texas. Love the stuff but haven't bought any in a while. I really dig it in some breakfast burritos.


1 pound of ground meat (I use turkey)

2 cans of black beans (16 ounce cans)
1 can of dark red kidney beans (Light red and red suck)
1 can of pinto beans

4 cans of diced tomatos with the garlic, and aragano and something else in it (all 16 ounce)

three packs of chili spices

put in crockpot freeze what you dont eat Goes equally good on a tortillia or on tortillia chips. use mexacan blend cheese.

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Bait me like that?

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wolfe's picture

Well, I am hoping....

That some of the comments will make it true. I am going to try the recipe below in the next few days, and it does sound good.

:) I really am sorry about that, it wasn't fair. But who better to ask for the best recipe ever, then the people clicking and looking for one.

The Philosophy Of Liberty -

less spice

Try not using cilantro and peppers. You might get more of the hearty bean flavor. Also try serving with plain white rice.

fireant's picture

Well, since you got me to click expecting a recipe...

lentil soup and wild rice with no seasoning has a wonderful flavor and is nutritious; plus it's cheap.

Undo what Wilson did

I make some yummy homemade black beans.

* I take dry black beans, soak them for a few hours in cold water.

* Strain the water.

* In a large sauce pot, add fresh cold water. Use at least 3x the water to bean ratio because you have to cook black beans for a while and water cooks off.

* Put the beans in the water, bring to a boil. When boiling, put the heat to medium boil for ~ an hour then reduce to light simmer for ~ an hour. Depending how your stove temperature is, you might have to slightly adjust the cook times.

* Cook on light simmer until beans are soft enough to eat. I like slightly al dente, where they're kind of firm. But cook to your own preference.

* Strain the water.

* In another sauce pot - or transfer the beans to a bowl then use the same saucepot - add a decent amount of oil, say 1/4 cup for two cups black beans dry weight. I only use extra virgin olive oil.

* Medium heat. Add diced onions, celery, carrots, peppers, garlic, cooked & diced potatoes are also good. To season, I usually use salt, pepper or lemon pepper, turmeric, sweet chili sauce. Season to your taste.

* Stir well & fry all ingredients together on medium heat until the vegetables are almost soft, add black beans and fry until the delicious mixture is all cooked to your preference. Stir regularly while it cooks.

* Plate, or bowl lol.

I serve with a dollop of sour cream & or salsa.

I can't guarantee how it'll work for you, but when I make black beans, they're great!

I also really like Amy's organic refried black beans, but I hate how expensive they are lol.

Use my above listed recipe for Quinoa too. Cook your Quinoa with all ingredients in the pot with Quiona & water. Then fry, similar to fried rice, after cooked. Lightly fry the veggies before adding Quinoa & water.


gonna try this too

Sounds delicious.

wolfe's picture

That does sound good.

I think I might substitute bell pepper slices instead of the carrots and celery. But, if it doesn't turn out perfect then we can blame my substitution.... :)

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Perhaps try adding some cumin and sour cream