Black Beans (Vegetarian Style)
Frijoles Negros – Makes 8 servings
1lb Black Beans (rinsed, picked over and soaked overnight)
1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
1 Bay Leaf
1 Medium Green Peper
16 oz Jar of Tonita’s Cuban Sauce
1 pound dried black beans, rinsed in cold water, picked over, and soaked overnight in cold water. The quick method that my family uses is after cleaning, cover with cold water and bring beans to a boil over high heat for 10-15 minutes, reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for a hour. Add a ½ cup chopped onion, 1 bay leaf, and 1 medium-size green bell pepper seeded and diced. Continue to add water and stir while beans are simmering to keep beans covered with water. Next bring the beans to a boil again, reduce heat and cook uncovered until tender and they have almost cracked open, about 1 ½ hours.
Add 1 jar of 16oz Tonita’s Cuban Sauce, to the beans, Hot or Mild depending on how spicy you want the beans, mix well and cook over low heat, covered, until the beans crack open, 30 minutes. Season to taste and serve.