Black beans, when even simply cooked, are a delicious base ingredient to have on hand. They lend themselves to a variety of applications throughout the week.
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.