This morning as I was going through my options for dinner I knew I had a bag of black beans, knew I wanted to be able to throw them into a pot and forget about them, and knew I wanted to have a tasty (and cheap) dish for dinner. So beans and rice it was. I got this recipe by doing a quick search on the internet. It was simple - I cut it all up and threw it in the crock pot and my kids loved it - my toddler ate two big bowls of it! Not to mention it was all REAL food. The recipe calls for canned tomatoes but I used fresh partly because of this article and partly because I had a couple ripe romas sitting on my counter in need of eating. And we ate it on white rice just because we were out of brown. But it would have been good on brown as well.
I got a new crock pot (or slow cooker) back in December and it has rejuvenated my desire to cook this way. It makes it possible to make some really healthy soups, stews, and main dishes with very little work. If you've got one you know what I'm talking about and if you don't - you're really missing out.
Here's the recipe:
|1||pound dried black beans (2 cups), sorted and rinsed|
|1||large onion, chopped (1 cup)|
|1||large bell pepper, chopped (1 1/2 cups)|
|5||garlic cloves, finely chopped|
|2||dried bay leaves|
|2||cups diced tomatoes (from 28-oz can), undrained|
|2||tablespoons olive or vegetable oil|
|4||teaspoons ground cumin|
|2||teaspoons finely chopped jalapeño chilies|
|3||cups hot cooked rice|
1. Mix all ingredients except rice in 3 1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on high heat setting 6 to 8 hours or until beans are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Remove bay leaves.
3. Serve beans over rice. We added lime and cilantro to really make it authentic. Easy, healthy, yummy!