Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Black Beans a la "Lata"

Tonight I made the best black beans a la "lata". Yes! From the can. But with a twist. I always read My Big Fat Cuban Family -A Cuban American Blog and that is where I got the recipe from. I didn't have the garlic, but used garlic powder. Also, the recipe calls for 1 tsp sugar, but I added 2 for a little more sweetness. Overall, it was so easy and it gave the beans so much taste! We loved them. Please try this out for yourself. It will not disappoint.
You will need "una lata" de Goya black beans:

Make the sofrito:

Add the beans and the rest and the ingredients....simmer.....Full recipe below.

Here is the recipe courtesy of Babalu Blog
Frijoles Negros a la Latina
(Cuban-style Black Beans)

2 Tbsp. of olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
3 cloves of garlic, diced
1 large can of black beans (1 lb. 13 oz.)
1/4 cup of red wine (white works too, but red gives them a better flavor)
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. of sugar (but I will sometimes add extra, because I like ‘em sweet!)
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 packet of Goya seasoning with azafran
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a medium-sized frying pan (or a pot – either will work), sauté the onion, bell pepper, and garlic until onions are soft and clear. (You know, your basic “sofrito.”)
2. Now add the beans and then all other ingredients.

3. Cook on high for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the beans are the consistency you like best. In technical terms, you are “reducing” the beans - your goal is to boil-off some of the excess liquid.
4. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.



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