Every year my husband gives up meat for lent. And each year I struggle to find recipes that pair well with meals we enjoy, so I don’t have to make two completely different dinners every night. On pasta night I make eggplant parmesan, on soup night I make a delicious vegetarian minestrone, and on Taco Tuesday I make spicy black bean burritos – which means I only have to scramble for dinner ideas four nights out of the week.
I came up with this recipe a few years ago, after seeing a recipe for spicy black bean dip on Pinterest. I made a few changes – I used dried beans rather than canned, I added a bit more jalapeno to give it more spice, and I put the beans into the food processor to make them a bit more like traditional refried beans. The result? Pure delicious.
Spicy Black Beans
1 bag of dried black beans, soaked overnight in water
2 medium onions
6 jalapenos (or less if you don’t like a lot of spice)
3 tablespoons cumin
3 tablespoons olive oil
After soaking the beans overnight, rinse them under running water and put them in a large stock pot. Add the onions and enough water to cover the beans by about 4 inches.
Bring the beans to a boil, and then reduce the heat, letting the beans simmer for around two hours.
After the beans are cooked, drain them (but don’t rinse them) and add them to your food processor. Add the jalapenos and cumin and begin processing the beans. Slowly stream the olive oil into the food processor, until all of the oil is added and the beans, onions, jalapenos and cumin are all fully combined.
If you are serving the beans immediately, you may want to reheat them over low heat for a few minutes, because they cool rather quickly in the food processor.
If you’re planning to freeze your beans, wait until they are fully cooled, then divide them into four or five quart size freezer bags, lay them flat and stick them in the freezer. To reheat frozen beans, remove the bag from the freezer and heat the beans in a small sauce pan until they are ready.
To serve, place the beans on a soft tortilla, and top with your favorite toppings – cheese, tomatoes, sour cream – even jalapenos if you really like them hot!