At last I have achieved the perfect flavour of traditional black beans with the crock pot. It takes long but it is because of the crock pot; preparation really takes you few minutes of your time. Waiting is worth it and freezing some is an excellent way to enjoy this versatile dish any day. After you have cooked them you can garnish them with diced tomatoes, fresh onion, oregano and some olive oil. If served cold it is great to add some fresh finely chopped jalapeños and some drops of lemon juice. Still hot, you can separate the juice from the beans and use it for cooking rice or just drinking it in a cup with diced avocado and sour cream. There are many ways you can enjoy black beans, this is just the starting point. Buen Provecho!
- Soak the beans for at least 8 hours. If they are old, 24 hours is great. You must change the water at least 3 times to rinse the white foam that appears in the surface.
- Pour the beans in the crock pot with the water, the bay leaves, the onion and garlic. (Cut in half the garlic cloves to take out the stem that germinates so it is nicer for your tummy, you can plant the stem or just through it away).
- Cook on high for 12-15 hours. Check the amount of water around the 8th hour and fill again if necessary.
- Turn of the crock pot and add the salt, stir softly and let it rest for at least 30 minute.
- *You can use more beans, depending of the capacity of your crock pot. It will be a nice soup that you can enjoy hot or cold. Separate the beans for using them in other recipes like fried and mashed beans.
These were tasty, but I am wondering if there is a misprint in the recipe. It seems as though the beans should cook on the low setting instead of the high setting. I set mine to cook on high, and when I checked them 8 hours later, the beans were completely cooked and breaking into pieces...maybe my crock pot cooks at a higher temperature or something. The beans were really good (I did add more salt than the recipe calls for), and I will probably make them again, but next time I will definitely cook them on low. Thanks!
I recently made a big batch of these for a Mexican themed dinner party we were throwing. Great success! I made a two-pound bag's worth of black beans. I soaked the beans for eight hours during the day, then, b/c I didn't know how long they'd take to cook, put them in the crock pot overnight, to ensure they'd be done the following afternoon. I have a 7 qt. Kitchen Aide crock pot--they cooked for about nine hours on LOW, and came out perfect. The whole house smelled amazing for two days. And, with the leftovers, which were quite thick, I added a bit of water, some cooked chicken and pork pieces (leftover from tacos), then garnished with cilantro and onion. Made a great chili!
This is a very tasty recipe. I've made it three times, and each time, it has taken a different length of time to get done, one day to two days. Strange! Great to make in large quantities and freeze the extra. Love it!