Another easy, cost effective meal or side dish. If you haven’t tried your hand at making beans it’s time to get started! Pinto or black beans are delicious and with a few simple ingredients they are well received by most men and children.
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- 4 cups dried beans (soaked over night if possible)
- Drain and rinse the next morning
- Place beans in a stock pot
- Cover with filtered water
- Add 1 TBS sea salt (I often add more sea salt)
- 2 tsp garlic powder or press in some fresh garlic (on fresh garlic, I will use 2-4 cloves)
- Add 1 chopped onion or use 2 TBL onion flakes
- Cook on medium to high heat until you see a consistent boil.
- Lower heat and continue to cook for several hours until beans are tender. Keep an eye on the water and add more as you see the need.
- Remember you can always flavor with salsa or cilantro, cumin, cayenne or chipolte seasoning.
- Try adding 1 can of mild or medium Rotel canned Tomatoes and/or 1 small can of mild green chili's.
This recipe is LARGE it will give you at least 4 quarts of cooked beans. You might want to pare it down some OR go ahead and make them and then freeze them. We like to put beans in quart size mason jars. Leave at least 1 inch or more at the top so you can freeze the beans without the jar bursting.
Then, when you need a healthy addition to any meal, reach for a jar of beans. You can warm them and make bean dip, layered dip or just enjoy a bowl of beans with some chopped avocado, sour cream and salsa. If you begin to run out of beans, cook some brown rice to stretch it further.
How do you make your black beans?