Spicy Black Beans
I love to cook but in recent history it hasn’t really been something I put my heart into. Most things need more than one person to make a meal worth cooking, and that isn’t a regular thing around my house. BUT…this week was one of those times when I felt the need to be creative and I felt like being creative in the kitchen.
My idea was to use up some dried black beans I’ve had for a while. To do this I decided to make the spicy black beans from Damn Good Food, a cookbook I purchased at Hell’s Kitchen in Minneapolis, MN a few years ago. They use the spicy black beans for their Huevos Rancheros recipe and let me tell you, they are damn good! The decision on how to prepare the black beans was set, however what to with them after they were prepared wasn’t as easy. For that I turned to my spicy life for some suggestions…a friend was having some people over for a party and some spicy black bean dip sounded like a wonderful dish to bring along and share. So it was set…now to make the beans.
This cookbook is amazing, everything is made from scratch just the way I like it. I had the beans already soaking overnight (well two – because it took me a while to figure out what to do with them), I just needed to cook them. In theory that in itself wouldn’t have be much more than putting them on the stove and letting them boil for an hour (or two), but these beans required more attention than just sticking them in a pot and boiling them (of course most good things require more attention than sticking them somewhere and letting them boil). The recipe called for a special barbecue sauce (made from scratch – of course) and I amazingly had enough of the ingredients (or substitutes) to fake it and fake it well! Adobe chili peppers…vinegar…salt…oil…and some other things made a great bbq sauce that I now have plenty of to use elsewhere.
Beyond the barbecue sauce there really wasn’t much more than garlic, peppers (many kinds) and onions in the beans, but man are they good! For the dip, I took the beans…smashed them with a fork…added some sour cream…paired it with some tortilla chips and called it good. The decent sized bowl of dip I went to the party with was empty within an hour or so after arriving…so I wasn’t alone in thinking it was good!!
Did I mention how damn good these beans were? You should try them!