This week I decided to cook up a big pot of beans to to eat all week long. So healthy, simple, satisfying and delicious! And it makes enough that you can eat it for days.
I love the hint of chocolate that is just an undertone of flavor, and complements the smoky chipotle peppers perfectly. These black beans are not too spicy-just enough! But you can always turn up the heat 🙂
Normally, I like to soak my beans overnight to make them cook faster and to make them easier to digest, but in case you forget to soak them (which I did) here’s a secret to get them to cook perfectly anyway-cover the beans with water, bring the water to a boil, and then turn it off and let them sit for 1 hour. Then you can go ahead and cook them as if they had been soaked overnight, and they’ll be done in about an hour in a regular pot. I love this shortcut, since I am notoriously forgetful when it comes to starting food the day before.
- 1 lb. (about 4 cups) dried black beans
- 4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon cumin powder
- 3 tablespoons chocolate powder
- 4 teaspoons sea salt
- 10 cups water
- 4 cups cooked black beans (see recipe above)
- 1 cup tomato, chopped
- 1 avocado, seeded and chopped
- 1 jalapeno sliced (optional)
- coconut yogurt (optional)
- cilantro (optional)
- Add the black beans and 4 cups of water and salt to a boil and turn off the heat immediately. Allow to sit for 1 hour. Drain and rinse the beans.
- In a soup or stock pot, heat the olive oil over low heat and add the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes and then add the oregano, and chili powder. Sauté for another 2 minutes over low heat. Add the chocolate powder, chipotle chili, paprika soaked black beans and 10 cups of water. Bring everything to a boil and then turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes covered and then another 30 minutes uncovered, or until the beans are tender.
- To serve, ladle some beans into separate bowls and serve topped with chopped avocado, tomato, cilantro, and coconut yogurt. Sliced onion, and jalapeno are also delicious as toppings. Dip the warm tortillas into the beans and enjoy!