Another thing I did was make a huge pot of black beans in the crock pot. I found this recipe over on Budget Bytes, and I now have a TON of really flavorful black beans in the fridge... I should probably freeze those now that I'm thinking about it... Anyways. This is a really easy way to cook beans, but in my opinion, the original recipe has ZERO flavor. None. Seriously the most bland black beans I've ever had. I like the texture that the tomatoes add, but this recipe definitely needs a lot of seasoning.
Spicy Crock pot Black Beans
(Recipe adapted from this one.)
- 2 lbs. of dried black beans
- 2 jalapenos; finely minced
- 15 oz. can of fire roasted tomatoes (with juices)
- 4 cloves of garlic; minced
- 9 cups of water or low sodium chicken stock
- 1/4 cup of cumin
- 1/4 cup of chili powder
- salt to taste (added at the end)
- Sort through the beans and remove all damaged beans and any stones. Rinse off to remove dust and put in the slow cooker
- Add the tomatoes, garlic, jalapeno, water (or stock) and spices.
- Set the heat to high and cook for 6 hours.
- Add salt to season (I love salt more than I should, and used probably about 2-2.5 tablespoons).
I now have SO many beans! I used these beans for the black bean soup I made Monday night instead of using canned beans. This is such an economical way to make black beans. This recipe cost me about $3.00, and I have enough beans left to make about 2 more pots of soup, or these amazing sounding Greek style black bean burgers =)
The recipe for the soup is easy enough, but if you use dried beans instead of cans, use about 5 cups. Perfect consistency and amazing flavor!