WTSIM…Spicy Black Beans
It is true, the spicy pulled pork from yesterday was amazing. I have made a variety of pulled pork recipes and this one by far was the best. But I think it was partly because of it’s incredible sidekick. I told you yesterday to serve the pulled pork with black beans. I sure hope you didn’t think that meant plain beans from a can.
Black beans offer so many benefits and are worth incorporating into your diet. According to WHFoods, they are know to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar. Black beans are high in dietary fiber, are rich in antioxidant compounds (the darker the color of the seed coat, the higher amount of antioxidants), and are high in iron (20% of the daily requirement in one cup). When combined with a whole grain such as brown rice, they are a complete protein.
You were wondering what kind of delicious black beans could accompany the spicy pulled pork, right? You don’t want the beans to be so spicy they cover the taste of the pork; nor do you want bland beans that will only be forgotten after the meal is over. Make these for a perfect match!
- 500 grams (about 2.5 cups) of dried black beans, soaked overnight
- 6 cups of water
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 chipotle chiles
- 1 dried aji panca pepper or dried ancho chile
- 1/4 cup of aji amarillo paste
- 1 tablespoon of garlic paste
- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1 cup of tomato puree
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- Drain the beans. In a large pot, combine soaked beans, water, onion, chipotle chiles and dried chile pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, partially covered, for about an hour or until beans are tender.
- Add aji amarillo paste, garlic paste, cumin, tomato, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer over low heat for 30 more minutes.
- Discard the chiles for a milder flavor or chop and return to the pot for spicier beans. Adjust any seasonings if necessary.
Other WTSIM entries:
Ensalada Caprese – February 2008
White Chocolate & Strawberry Frozen Terrine – December 2007
Quick Vanilla Flan – November 2007
Layered Carrot Cake – October 2007
Cocona Chutney – September 2007
Peanut Chicken Stew – January 2007