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black bean recipes

We're cutting back the grocery budget and have discovered, or rediscovered, black beans. One of our favorite meals is the black beans and rice recipe out of the Joy of Cooking cookbook. Then, use the leftovers (we usually soak and cook a whole bag) in tacos and enchiladas...what other tasty (and cheap!) things can we use them for?

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  1. Try black beans, some cubed avocado, some halved cherry tomatoes, a little sherry vinegar & some extra-virgin olive oil . . . salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste. Very easy and very good - can other stuff to taste, like freshly de-cobbed corn when it's in season.

    For a more substantial dish, this warm bean & quinoa salad could be made w/black beans: http://www.semisweetonline.com/2009/1...


    1. Love black beans and make them often. When in Mexico it's not uncommon to have black beans served for breakfast. They fry them down to make a paste or refried beans and put in quesadillas. I don't fry them but do put them in a pan and cook off all the liquid to achieve the same end point.

      Black beans and rice I can eat almost every day.

      1. we just make this fantastic black bean salad with shrimp (but honestly, you could leave out the shrimp and add more veggies, maybe avacados:

        I'll have to find my recipe for these great bean burritos, fantastic and never miss any meat.

        1. We often just have a bowl of homemade black beans w/ a poached/soft boiled/fried egg or two on top plus whatever combination of tomatillo salsa, cheddar, sour cream, scallions, etc. we have in the fridge. I generally use the black bean recipe from the NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/10/hea...), and so there's a good bit of cilantro and other seasoning in there already, depending on how heavy handed I was when I made the pot. I'll also make a couple pounds at once and freeze them in smaller batches, which works great.

          1. This is on my 'to-try' list. Black bean burgers with rave reviews. http://www.recipezaar.com/-Slightly-S...

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            1. re: Memily_G

              Oh yeah forgot those. Black bean cakes or burgers are excellent

              You could also do bean salads. Using black beans alone or mixing with other beans. Fine diced onion, peppers and anything else you like with some fragrant vinegars and oils.

              For a dramatic presentation use a ring mold or small tomato sauce can and fill with dressed black beans, and layer other ingredients for a black bean tower salad.

              1. Black bean and corn soup. Saute chopped carrots, celery and onions in a little olive oil. Add cooked black beans, frozen corn, broth of your choice (I like Imagine No Chicken). Simmer.
                Add pre-cooked, small whole wheat pasta if desired. Season with cumin, smoked paprika, S&P, cayenne, whatever you like. A little shredded cheese on top if you must.

                1. Black Bean and Egg Breakfast Burritos

                  Black Bean Neatloaf

                  Salad with beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, lime juice, garlic, cilantro and olive oil

                  Saute them with some onions and spices of choice, then spread on a pizza crust, top with cheese (cheddar and jack), bake, then serve topped with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and sprinkled with cilantro.

                  1. Here's my recipe for black bean burgers -- I'd actually recommend pan-frying instead, but I was going a low-fat/low-maintenance route so I baked them in the oven.


                    1. I made this black bean chili recipe last week and really liked it (I doubled the chipotle, and used jarred red peppers since yellow are out-of season.)

                      I also like this Quinoa and Black Bean salad a lot; it is wonderful in the summer and keeps well in the refriderator.

                      1. I make a mixture of black beans and corn and then dress (very very lightly) with ranch dressing and add salted sunflower kernels. My kids have eaten this since they were small and now make it as adults because it is so easy and so good.

                        1. On the Dr. Oz show, they featured reduced-calorie, high fiber brownies that included black beans which purportedly could not be tasted.

                          On the PBS show, Diary of a Foodie, they used pureed black bean soup as part of the pan sauce for a quick version of Steak Diane.

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                          1. re: greygarious

                            Yes, I just ran across this black bean brownie recipe yesterday on a vegan blog. Let me know if anyone bakes these, I'm very curious! http://happyherbivore.com/2009/05/veg...

                            I'm also experimenting with a black bean vegetarian feijoada recipe. I'll post it here when I've perfected it enough to put it on my own blog!