Black Bean Stew

I recently read an essay about eating beans in the book Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, which is a collection of essays about what people like (or don’t like) to eat when they’re alone. It had me hunkering for a hearty meal of black beans. The black beans recipe is from the book, and is somewhere between a soup and a stew. I added some crushed pineapple (with its juice) and spices to give the beans a little zing.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 1/2 bunch green onions, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 can adobo sauce, with chipotle peppers
  • 1.5 t cumin
  • 2 12-oz cans of black beans, drained of liquid
  • 1 12-oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 1 red (or yellow/green) pepper, chopped finely
  • the juice from one can of pineapple (about 1 cup)
  • olive oil/salt/pepper as needed
  • fresh coriander

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet or medium pot over medium-high heat, and saute onion in 1 T olive oil for ~10 minutes, until translucent.
  2. Add peppers and green onions and cook another 5 minutes, until softened.
  3. Add cumin and garlic, and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  4. Add beans, tomatoes, pineapple juice, tomato paste – simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes (or longer if you want more concentrated flavors and a stew-like consistency)
  5. Serve with Coconut Rice and coriander.

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