Basic Black Beans
- Serves: 6 cups
- Active Time: 2 hrs
- Total Time: 2 hrs
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Step 1: Preparing the Black Beans• 8 cups water
• 3 cups dried black beans, soaked overnight
• 1 dried chile*
• 3 bay leaves
• 4 cloves garlic, émince (sliced)
• 1 tbsp ground cumin
• 1 1/2 tsp chile powder
• 1 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste
• 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
First, gather and prepare your mise en place.
To prepare the black beans, in a large pot, add the beans and all spices — except for the salt and pepper.
Next, add the water and bring to a boil. Lower to medium heat, cover with a lid, slightly ajar, and allow to simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until fully cooked through.
During the last 15 to 20 minutes of cooking season with the salt and pepper. Once done, taste for flavor balance, adjusting the seasoning as needed.
*Note: Use these beans as the base, to make these delicious Refried Black Beans.
- by Chad Sarno
- January 9, 2014
*Use chiles of your choice for flavor and/or heat. If you want more heat, for example, increase the chile quantity.