Homemade Baked Black Beans Tex-Mex Style
Black beans are a favorite southwestern, Tex-Mex and Mexican favorite. you can buy these in most regular markets in cans but like traditional Boston baked beans are so much better when you make your own the same goes for black beans. You may have a bit of trouble finding them in dry form but if you can they are easy enough to make your own homemade black beans with a Tex-Mex flavor. Now these do have a little bit of heat but you can temper the amount of heat that are in yours by either adding or subtracting the amount of the Serrano chili you put in them.
As with most Tex-Mex dishes it does have heat but if you like the flavor but not so much the heat just adjust for the amount of heat you like. Nothing saying Tex-Mex has to always burn your eyeballs out I really don’t agree with that school of thought. I prefer to make it a bit milder and taste all the subtle nuances to a dish. After all Southwestern inspired dishes have so many different things going on putting too much heat just blocks the taste buds from getting to them all.
Now the really important thing with any dried bean recipes is to make sure one your beans are really fresh although they are dried and will last in the pantry for a long time fresher beans work better old beans can stay chalky and hard and not ever cook down right. The second thing you want to keep in mind is the soaking process is important this prepares the beans and gets them ready for the cooking process so don’t try and skip the overnight thing it really is crucial. Also make sure you cover the beans with enough water they are going to suck up a bunch of water over night this is mainly what you are doing is rehydrating them.
Now once you have your beans there are plenty of things you can do with them you could use them to make black bean salsa, or maybe use them as a topping to a favorite dish. You could use them in burritos and make your own black bean burritos. You could also choice to use them with tostadas or another Mexican dish. There is so much you can do with them and once you have made your own canned will never do again. So I encourage you to explore the full flavor of making your own black beans from scratch they really are a huge improvement.
- 1 pound dry black beans, rinsed
- 2 small yellow onions, diced
- 1 Serrano chili, diced
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 can tomato sauce, 8 ounce size
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons chipotle chili powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoons coriander
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh cilantro to garnish
- First start by getting your beans ready, they need to be rinsed, pick out any foreign objects then placed in a large glass bowl and fully covered with cold water the night before and left on the counter to soak.
- Next day drain the beans and rinse again under cold water.
- Place in a Dutch oven or bean pot and cover with 3 inches of water, bring this to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for around 30 to 40 minutes stirring occasionally. After cook time check a bean for doneness by taking out of water onto a plate and smashing with a spoon it should smash easily.
- Reserve one and a quarter cups of cooking liquid and drain the beans.
- In a frying pan add some oil and sauté the onions until a light brown, add the garlic is lightly toasted for a minute or so.
- Mix all herbs and spices with the tomato products and pepper then set to the side.
- Preheat the oven to 350 convection bake degrees F.
- To the beans add the onions, garlic, tomato and herb mixture along with the reserved liquid and mix thoroughly.
- Place in the preheated oven for approximately thirty minutes or until the sauce for bubbles.
- Remove from oven and serve as a side dish or along with your favorite Tex-Mex or Mexican dish, you can add sour cream to the top and garnish with the fresh cilantro.
Black beans feature predominantly in Tex-Mex cuisine and most of us have only ever had the kind in a can but did you know you can make your own homemade black beans fairly easily? Black beans are really easy to make at home and although you have to plan it out a bit the actual time needed in the kitchen is actual not that long. What could be better than homemade black beans with your next Tex-Mex meal, it will make the family will wonder what they did that made them so special but it will be our little secret that they really aren’t that hard?
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