About this recipe: Try this hearty and fragrant combination of black beans, spices, a splash of balsamic vinegar and vegetables. Great with plain rice or even on a jacket potato.
Black turtle beans, or simply 'black beans' for short, are especially common in Latin American cuisine. High in fibre and packed with nutrients, they're a healthy addition to any dish. If you want to save some time, use tinned black beans instead of dried.
Something else. Vinegar is optional and is really only used in some regions of Cuba. My family also does not use chillies. Cuban cooking does not normally use hot spices. Instead the key is to use garlic and salt to your tastes....beans are great the next day so I tend to make them the day before I need them. The flavour seems to concentrate. Additionally, I like to boil the beans and in a separate pan, I sweat the onions, oil and other spices and add the pre-cooked items to the beans -- I think it improves the flavour. - 24 Jul 2008
Altered ingredient amounts. I used way more garlic -- I did not use the vinegar. we LOVED this meal -- it was inexpensive & lasted our little family 4 days. - 24 Jul 2008
Altered ingredient amounts. I boiled my black beans in my slow cooker for 3 hours, then rinsed and drained and added them to a pot with ingredients. I didn't add the chillies and I used one tablespoon of cumin. Cooked for another hour. This is one of my husbands favourite meals. We love this with a Pork roast. - 24 Jul 2008