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Frijoles Negros (Black Beans)

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Frijoles Negros (Black Beans)
Frijoles Negros (Black Beans) are a staple of Mexican cuisine. This vegetarian and vegan black beans recipe is flavorful, simple to prepare and makes a great side dish or a filling for black bean burritos. If you've never had black beans cooked from scratch, you're missing out. Fresh frijoles negroes are so much better than anything that comes from a can.

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  • 1 pound dried black beans
  • 2 green bell peppers, halved and seeded
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


Soak the beans with one of the green peppers in the water for 8 hours or overnight.

After soaking, bring the beans, pepper and water to a boil, then immediately turn the heat to a simmer and cook, covered for 1 1/2 hours, or until the beans are almost tender.

Prepare a sauce, called sofrito, by combining the other green bell pepper, the onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, bay leaf and a little of the cooking water in a blender. Blend on low until the mixture is smooth.

Add the sofrito to the beans. Bring to a boil again, then immediately reduce the heat to a simmer.

Add salt and the wine, vinegar, and sugar. Continue to simmer, uncovered, until the bean mixture becomes thick, about 2 more hours.

Add olive oil immediately before serving. Serve over steamed rice.

Reprinted with permission from The Compassionate Cook Cookbook.

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 5 out of 5
, Member SarahG1978

This recipe is delicious. I used Chardonnay and Stevia instead of sugar. Very tasty.

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