Venezuelan Black Beans

Venezuelan black beans
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  • 15 hrs
  • Prep: 12 hrs,
  • Cook: 3 hrs
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
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Canned beans are a great shortcut, but when you have time to slowly simmer a pot of beans, it pays off with rich flavor.

These slow cooked black beans are seasoned Venezuelan-style. Black beans are a common side dish in Venezuela, especially as a component of the national meal pabellon criollo.

What You'll Need

  • 16-ounce bag of dried black beans
  • 2 cups chicken or beef stock (optional)
  • 1 green or red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses (or 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Optional: 2-4 slices bacon
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)

How to Make It

  1. Rinse the beans and soak them overnight in water.
  2. Drain the beans, and cover them with fresh water (or chicken stock or beef stock if desired). Add chopped red pepper. Bring the beans to a simmer, and cook them over low heat until they are just tender.
  3. If using bacon, cook it in a heavy skillet until crispy. Remove the bacon from the skillet and reserve for another use. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the bacon fat remaining in the skillet and cook them over low heat until they are soft, translucent and fragrant. (If not using bacon, cook the onion and garlic in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil).
  1. Add the cumin and the brown sugar to the onions and continue to cook until browned, soft and fragrant.
  2. Once the beans are tender, remove two cups of the cooked beans and process them in a blender with onion mixture. Add the blended beans and onion back to the rest of the beans. Taste for seasoning, and season with salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce (optional).
  3. Continue to cook beans until they are very tender, adding water if necessary or letting​ the excess water boil away until desired texture is reached.