Slow Cooked Spiced Black Beans

This dish is beyond easy.  Just chop a couple of veggies, quickly saute, and toss in the Crock Pot.  I spontaneously threw this together to go with some chicken enchiladas I made last night… I tossed it up in a matter of minutes and had it cooking while I made the enchiladas.  When they were done, so were the beans.  Love that… doesn’t get much simpler really.

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The funny thing about this dish is that it was inspired by a Thai bean chili my mom makes… however there’s nothing really Thai about this whatsoever.  Some bell pepper, onion, garlic, and chili seasonings all slow cooked and then topped with Greek yogurt (or sour cream) and cilantro and voila, it’s done.  It’s slightly spicy, very flavorful, and would go well with nearly any entrée.  It’s a little side of wholesome chili goodness… or I suppose it could even be a main dish if you wanted!

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If you don’t want to wait a few hours for these to be done, no biggie at all… since everything is cooked when it goes in, you can shorten the time if wanted.  Also, if a Crock Pot is not in your plans, you could easily do this in a pot over the stove by simply sautéing the veggies in a pot rather than a pan and then adding the beans to that directly.  It’s a very accommodating dish like that… :)

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HERE are the enchiladas… they were mighty delicious alongside these spicy beans!  In a perfect world, I would have made these with dried beans completely from scratch, soaked overnight and all; I was looking for something simple and easy though.  I was already pretty involved in my enchiladas, so this was the perfect easy side for me…

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Makes about 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 yellow onion (1 cup diced)

1 green bell pepper (1 cup diced)

3 garlic cloves (1 tbsp minced)

 1 bay leaf

1/2 tsp oregano

1 tsp chili powder (see my homemade blend HERE)

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

4 cups cooked black beans (2 cans, drained)

2 cups diced tomatoes (or 1 can, w/juice)

1 tbsp olive oil

to garnish: Greek yogurt or sour cream and fresh cilantro

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DIRECTIONS

Dice up the onion, pepper, and garlic

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Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat

Add the onions and peppers

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Add the chili powder, oregano, salt and pepper

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Stir well to evenly coat everything

Saute for a few minutes, until onions are slightly softened

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Add the garlic

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Add the diced tomatoes and bay leaf

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If not already rinsed, give beans a quick rinse and strain

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Add everything to the Crock Pot

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Stir it all together

Cover it and cook it on low for 3 hours

(this time is flexible since there is no meat and everything is already cooked…

if you need it to cook longer or shorter, no prob)

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That’s it… done!

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Pour the beans into a serving bowl…

discard the bay leaf

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Top it off with some Greek yogurt or sour cream and a couple of fresh cilantro leaves

Enjoy!

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