Easy Black Beans

Easy Black Beans

These easy black beans are the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican fiesta.

From EatingWell: June/July 2005, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)
Yield: 8 servings, scant 1/2 cup each
Active Time: 20
Total Time: 30

Ingredients

  1. 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 medium yellow onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2 teaspoons ground ancho chile pepper, (see Note)
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  6. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  7. 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
  8. 1 cup water
  9. 1 tablespoon tomato paste

Preparation

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Add ground chile, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds more. Add beans, water and tomato paste; stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are heated through and the sauce is slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Reheat in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons water over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
  • Ingredient Note: Ancho chile peppers, one of the most popular dried chiles used in Mexico, are dried poblano peppers. They have a mild, sweet, spicy flavor. Ground ancho chile pepper can be found in the specialty-spice section of large supermarkets, or substitute ground chili powder with a pinch of cayenne.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 117 calories; 1 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 21 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 5 g fiber; 84 mg sodium; 69 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Folate (41% daily value), Magnesium (19% dv), Iron (15% dv).

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 very lean meat