Flavorful Beans from Scratch
Recipe type: Vegetarian Basic
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Serves: 5
This recipe will take care of that bunch of cilantro you have in your vegetable drawer and produce a flavorful pot of beans for whatever recipe you have in mind.
  • 1 lb., or about 2 cups, dried red or black beans
  • 1 bunch cilantro, tied together with a clean string
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped in half
  • 3 peeled cloves garlic, optional
  • salt to taste (1 tsp or more)
  1. Put the beans in the pot with enough water that the water line is several inches higher than the level of the beans, at least twice as high.
  2. Soak overnight.
  3. (Or use the quick soak method. Bring beans and water to a boil, turn off heat, let sit for an hour.)
  4. Drain soaking water.
  5. Place the tied bunch of cilantro and the halves of the onion in the pot.
  6. (Optionally add 3 peeled garlic cloves to the pot).
  7. Bring to a boil. Then simmer gently for about an hour.
  8. Cook time will vary depending on the age and variety of dried beans you are using, from about 50 minutes to an hour and a half.
  9. When beans are cooked or almost cooked, add salt to taste.
  10. Yield will also vary, but will be around 6 cups for a pound of dried beans.
Recipe by Fit and Fed at http://fitandfed.net/2011/12/18/homemade-vegetarian-black-beans-red-kidney-beans-cilantro-from-scratch/