Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Black beans are the heart and core of Mexican cooking. Black Beans are an excellent source of Fiber and Protein and is considered as the meat substitute for vegetarians. 

Ingredients for best Mexican black beans :
Preparation Time : 5 mins
Level  : easy

Black beans : 8 ounce dry beans / 1 cup dry beans / 1/2 can / 225 g dry beans
Garlic clove : 2, finely chopped
White Onion : 1, small size,  finely chopped
Cayenne Pepper : 1/4 tsp
Fresh cilantro (coriander leaves) : 2 tbsp, chopped
Ground cumin : 1/2 tsp
Bay leaf : 1
Olive oil : 1/2 tbsp

Directions for making the best Mexican black beans :

1. If you are using dry black beans, soak them overnight with enough water. If you are using canned beans, drain and wash it and keep aside.

2. Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic, bay leaf, onion and saute for 1 or 2 minutes.

3.  Add beans and 2cups water, stir well and cover with a lid. (if you are using canned beans, add 1/2 cup of water). Add enough salt. 

4. Continue boiling until thick, about 20 minutes. Season with cumin powder , cayenne pepper and salt. 

5. If you want to make refried beans,  add the monterey jack cheese on top and microwave for 2 minutes to melt the cheese.