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These are as easy as putting everything into a slow cooker & walking away. I did not even pre-soak the beans – but I did leave them cooking for nine hours on low. You could speed this process up either by using canned beans or soaking dry beans overnight or quick soaking them or cooking them on a higher setting – or by doing it stove top. These are mildly spicy & mildly citrusy. You could ratchet either of those flavors up or down – according to your preferences.
To toast cumin – cook it in a dry pan over high heat until it becomes aromatic & just starts to brown. Grind with mortar & pestle or with the bottom of a spoon on a cutting board.
Vegan Spicy Citrus Black Beans (Slow Cooker or Stove Top)
Makes a shit ton – probably enough to feed 8-10 with rice
2 lbs dry black beans
12 cups water (10 if you are cooking on higher heat or stove top – maybe 2 of you are using canned beans)
Juice of 2 limes
juice of 2 lemons
juice of 2 oranges
10 garlic cloves – minced
4 (or more or less) chipotle chilies in adobo – minced
2 onions – diced
4 serrano (or jalapeno) peppers – minced
1 red (or other color) bell pepper – chopped
2 TBS toasted & ground cumin (see note above) – or regular ground cumin
3 TBS dry oregano (or fresh – chopped)
4 bay leaves
1 TBS dry sage or 2 TBS fresh chopped sage
1 TBS of salt
3 TBS sriracha
A few squirts of hot sauce (I love Crystal)
Garnish – cilantro & cooked rice
Put it all in a slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
Stove top – put everything in a very large stock pot & bring to a boil & simmer until the beans are tender (90 minutes or more or until the beans are tender).
All of these methods will go much faster with beans soaked overnight and, in the case of canned beans, the only times required is maybe an hour to let the flavors meld. If any of these versions get too thick – just add water. If they seem too runny – either cook the liquid down or – puree a small amount of the beans & return them to the pan. That should thicken them nicely. Garnish with cilantro & serve with rice.