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Black Beans

One of my absolute favorite things to make is black beans.  I recently discovered them, and ever since I have been subjecting the fam to black beans whenever I get the chance.  I even ordered a 25 pound bag.  Ahem.  I don’t know what the recipe is technically called, but I love, love, LOVE to make and eat them.  Put them in the crock-pot in the morning and eat them that night.  SO GOOD.  The only bad part is – I don’t really have a measure it out sort of way about it.

My favorite thing to do is get everything ready the night before when I soak the beans, then in the morning I toss it all in the crock-pot and let them go.

I made them last night, and they were probably the best they have ever been.  Seriously.  I would have skipped dessert if we had dessert, they were that good.  Sadly I don’t know what I did differently.  I just know they were good.  And I had to share them.

Now – keep in mind that the additions (aside from the spices) are pretty much optional, I don’t always put green peppers or jalapenos – they make it in if we have them, but if not I don’t go out of my way to get them, which is awesome in my book.

1 pound black beans (soaked overnight)
1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 jalapeños, cut small

2 cups chicken broth
2 cups white vinegar
Water

Im pretty sure this is the amount for the liquid.  I always add extra water just because Im worried the liquid will cook out, so after the broth and vinegar is in, I just add water until the beans are covered.

Cumin
Oregano
Chili powder 
Salt
Pepper
Bay Leaves (5-10)

I don’t know how much of each to use, I just pour a little into a bowl until it looks good.  I would guess maybe 2 tablespoons of each.  I go a little wild with the bay leaves, and everyone always jokes about getting leaves in their beans – but I think they make it the best.

Cook on high for 8 or so hours.  Again, I really don’t have a set time.  Yesterday I started them at 9am, and they cooked until about 8 at night.  They were super soft and SO GOOD.  Did I mention they were good?  Because they were.

I like to put them over rice, add lettuce, cheese and salsa – but you could do pretty much anything with them I would assume.

And there you have it.  Black Beans.  So easy, So good!

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