|Corn Tortilla with black beans, shredded chicken, tomato, and avocado. Sides are pico de gallo and kiwi.|
Lunch today was a delicious black bean and chicken taco, with some pico de gallo and sliced kiwi on the side. Not pictured is a snack sized bag of whole grain corn chips.
I cook dried beans at least once a week - black beans, blacked eyed peas, pinto beans, red beans, split peas, all kinds. Beans are a great source of protein and vitamins, and they are dirt cheap. That last part is the most important. :) They also work very well with both southern and Mexican foods, which are two of my favorite cuisines.
When I cook dried beans, I do so in the crock pot. I'm a little bit of a crock pot...enthusiast. I have three - the classic 4 quart that I got from Target in college, a 5 quart with a timer, and a 2 quart. Since I usually cook for myself or maybe one other person at a time, I use my 2 quart crock pot all the time. I cook single serve pot roast, risotto, soup, chicken, pasta, and, of course, dried beans! Dried beans will take anywhere from 6-8 hours cooked on low. It requires a little pre-planning, but it's well worth your time and is much more fool proof than cooking on the stove.
There are lots of ways to cook beans, but here's the way I cooked up these black beans for tacos:
Slow Cooker Black Beans
1 cup dried black beans
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded
1 Tablespoon cumin
1 Tablespoon onion salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 quart water, cold or room temperature
Layer ingredients in order in a 2 quart crock pot. No, you do not have to soak the beans before you cook them - these are bone dry beans straight from the bag. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or until desired tenderness. Drain liquid. Remove onion and bell pepper; these can be discarded or chopped and stirred back into bean mixture. This will produce around 3 cups of cooked beans. Serve hot or cold, as desired. Leftovers may be frozen.
This made enough for far more than one meal for me. I'll have some tonight in a quesadilla and later on this week for lunches. Pin It Now!