Black beans recipe are nutritious, tasty and spicy!



There are hundreds of beans species in the world. Beans recipe have always been a wonderful diet eaten by all people of varied nationalities. Beans are noted to have different colours from black to white, red, brown to mention a few. Their food values such as fibre and protein are great. They can be eaten by vegetarians as well as weight-watchers. In addition, they have nourishing and sustaining powers second to none!

In Nigeria and most of the West African countries, black eye, red beans, soya and brown beans are more prominent than any other species of beans.

Nigeria does not grow black beans but they grow black eye beans which are quite different from the black beans grown in and around South America and some other countries of the world. To be sincere, Nigerian black eye beans takes less time to be cooked compared with Mexican (Frijoles Negros) black beans.

Every nation of the world have their ways or cultural methods of cooking and eating their type or kind of beans!

The ingredients are equally according to the country's cultural cooking habits. For example,I discovered that some ingredients like garlic, sugar, bay leaf are commonly used in cooking Frijoles Negros (black beans). Such ingredients are never used in cooking Nigerian black eye beans or any type on Nigerian beans! INGREDIENTS FOR COOKING (FRIJOLES NEGROS) BLACK BEANS RECIPE

Preparation is so important in cooking black beans just like other beans such as red or kidney beans eaten in West Indian countries!

To cook black beans it will first be measured to know the number of people that will participate in the eating. For a family of four at least 4 cups or its equivalent in lbs will be carefully sorted making sure there are no stones or any sort of abnormalities.

Once this is done, the next thing is to soak it for at least 8 hours or overnight with green papers. It is advisable to wash the soaked beans so as to bring out some unique tastes. But this is optional. Black beans is a very spicy dish or diet because of the method and the various spicy ingredients always added in the cooking.


......4 cups of black beans

......8-10 cups of water (replenish if needed)

......2 green bell peppers

......2 cloves of crushed garlic, 3 bay leaves

......1 onion (medium)chopped

......5 small or 3 large sage leaves

......2-3 fresh sprigs oregano,or 1 tsp dried

.......2Tsp rice wine or vinegar, juice of 1 lime,

.......4 Tsp of olive oil, 1tsp ground cumin

.......2 Tsp Ancho red chili sauce or chili powder or Tabasco

.......Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish

.......3 Tsp of frozen orange juice (optional)

........1 tsp of sugar,2 Tsp of salt and a glass of white wine.

Now is the time to cook. At this juncture, the pre-soaked beans is now ready to be cooked. Pour the black beans into the pot and bring to boil and immediately turn the heat to simmer and cook, and the pot put on lid and cook for at least for 1 1/2 hours until the beans are tender!

Then prepare a spicy sauce, called Sofrito, by combining the other green pepper, including all the ingredients and a little water in a blender and blend until the whole mixtures are turned into smooth liquid paste.

Then, pour the liquidized or blended Sofrito unto the beans. Bring to a boil again and reducing the heat to allow the beans to simmer. Add salt, wine, vinegar and sugar. Allow to continue to simmer, the pot still remain covered, until the beans mixture becomes thick, within another 2 hours!

Finally add olive oil immediately before serving! It can be served with steamed rice or any vegetables of choice.Black beans recipe attracts so many ingredients and takes longer hours to cook compared with majority of other species of beans. Definitely, it is not for a hungry man!

How to cook black eye beans

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