Do you cook with dried beans? I don't know why it took me so long, but it's so much easier and less expensive than canned beans. Of course, every now and then, you need quick beans. However, if you have the time, it's well worth it.
I made a huge batch of black beans and cooked with them all week. With a pot of black beans, you can make so many things: salads, tacos, veggie bowls, soups, and so much more. You can cook the beans and then freeze them in smaller batches. That way, you can pull them out of the freezer and throw them into a dish. Easy peasy.
Crock Pot Jalapeno Black Beans
- 2 cups dried black beans
- 10 cups water
- 1 head of garlic
- 1 jalapeno
- 8 oz fire roasted tomato
- 4 cups vegetable stock + additional water
- 2 cups white onion
- 2 tsp salt
- Rinse and pick through black beans to ensure beans are clean.
- Add to a large bowl and cover with 5 cups water.
- After 6 hours, or overnight, rinse beans and place in bowl with another 5 cups water.
- Let sit another 4 hours.
- Rinse beans.
- Chop jalapeno, garlic and white onion into large chunks.
- Add jalapeno, tomatoes, garlic, jalapeno and white onion to the crock pot.
- Pour in vegetable stock and top off with 1 cup or so of water. Beans need to be covered.
- Cook on high for 4 hours.
- Add salt and let sit for 30 minutes.
I kept some beans in the fridge and froze the rest. Once ready for dinner, you can warm the beans up in a pot and serve with salad! Black beans and quinoa is one of my favorites.
Another dish you can make with your beans is a Mexican veggie bowl. Simply saute your beans with greens and a grain, and cover in salsa. It's a super quick and easy dinner, and it's very tasty.
You can make so many more things with your beans, so go get some dried beans and get cooking!