Easy Beansy Original Black Beans Recipe

My husband would always make the beans until our schedules changed. He made incredible smoky beans that started with some bacon fat. I always forgot the bacon fat until it was way too late and as a result my beans lacked depth. After a few years I started experimenting until family stopped comparing my beans to anyone else's and started comparing other people's beans to mine! 

This is the recipe that started Easy Beansy...

The thing is, our beans are easy but they take some time. It's not just salt and pepper and ka-pow delicious beans. Beans need a good foundation....we use onions, green pepper, carrots and garlic and then add our mix of 8 organic herbs & spices for out of this world flavor.

Don't be intimidated by all of the chopping - pieces don't have to be perfect or uniform and many grocery stores also sell these items pre-chopped and in a single container! And, always feel free to modify based on your family's likes! 

Easy Beansy Anything But Basic Beans 

2 tablespoons olive oil, canola oil or vegetable oil 

1 Onion, diced 

1 Small Green Pepper, diced

2 Celery Stalks, diced

2 Carrots, diced

2 Cloves garlic, diced

1 Bay Leaves

32 oz Water, Chicken or Vegetable Stock 

Water, as needed

1 Easy Beansy Spice Packet or 3 tbspns of Easy Beansy Spice Mix

1 Lb Black Beans, sorted and rinsed, soaked overnight with 1 tbspn salt or boiled for 5 minutes and then sit in hot water for 45 minutes


Sauté  the onion, green pepper, celery, and carrots in oil over medium to medium high heat, until softened, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, drain the pre-soaked beans. Add the garlic, bay leaves and spice mixture, then stir for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Cooking the spices helps "bloom" their flavor.

Add the beans and cover with water or chicken stock so that there is about an inch of liquid over the top of the beans. Cover, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low/low-medium and let simmer.

Continue to cook over low-medium heat until beans are tender to your liking (this ranges based on the age of your beans and your preferences, approximately 1) hour). Remove cover for last 20 minutes to allow sauce to thicken. Add water as necessary. Remove bay leaves and serve.




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