Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Best Ever Black Beans

This is like top secret here...these are the beans everyone asks me to make ...they've earned my father in laws seal of approval and he is a bean man! No longer will I keep these beans a fact, they aren't even my original recipe! My intention was to make Dave Lieberman's Black Bean Soup but it became the best beans ever to put over the rice we eat so often. I follow this recipe almost exactly because it's perfect. I don't garnish it with the garnishes Dave recommends because we don't eat it as soup and I let it simmer all day to let the flavors meld longer. Everyone asks me what I put in them and compliments me on the flavor..they all want the recipe..well here it is world! :-) Next time I will put a picture of the beans topped over the's amazing!

10 slices bacon, finely chopped
2 medium onions, chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
6 garlic cloves, pressed
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
4 (15 1/2-ounce) cans black beans, drained but not rinsed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch cilantro
juice of 1/2 lime

Put the bacon into a large heavy pot and place it over medium heat. Cook until it starts to give up its fat, about 4 minutes. Stir in the onions and cook, stirring, until they start to turn translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until you can smell it, about 1 minute. Add the broth, tomatoes, ketchup, Worcestershire, and chili powder. Stir in the beans, turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper and let the soup simmer as long as your heart desires so the flavors can meld and become a pot of deliciousness!

About 15 minutes before you are ready to serve the beans over a hot plate of rice, off all the thick stems from the cilantro. Wash it and shake dry. Chop the cilantro coarsely and stir it into the soup. Serve and enjoy!


  1. Yum!! We LOVE beans!! I'm adding this to my list to try!

  2. This sounds wonderful. I bet they would be delicious as you suggested over white rice. YUM!

  3. I love black beans and that ingredient list sounds delicious. I might have to sub the black beans for another kind though because my husband doesn't like them. But I will definitely give this recipe a try!

  4. This sounds awesome! Their are some delicious flavors in there!

  5. I am on a meatless/carbless kick right now trying to lose a couple pounds before school starts. These beans look wonderful (without the bacon of course)! I can't wait to make these next week and just eat them plain for me and serve them with rice for the boys! Do you think they will be ok without the bacon? I've got to lose some weight, lol

  6. Carrie-meatless and carbless??? What is left?? :-)

    I guess you could eat them without the bacon but I think you'd be missing out on the smoky flavor you get from the bacon...maybe you can add a teaspoon or so of liquid smoke to get the smokey flavor? If you try it let me know. :-)