Today I’m sharing my favorite bean recipe of all time. That’s a serious statement given how often I make beans.
It’s based on a recipe my mom made when I was a kid, and since then I’ve veganized & modified it, and have been making it by feel ever since. But today’s the day… after years and years, I finally wrote it down.
Cue applause. 😛 (It may come as a surprise since I often post recipes, but I usually don’t write them down otherwise!)
These are my favorite beans not only because of the taste, but because they’re easy to make, involving almost no chopping if you have a food processor. Bonus: I’ve discovered they’re the perfect way to use up hot peppers from the garden, and tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, & herbs to boot–and this recipe really makes them shine. They’re also one of my favorite bulk cooking recipes because the flavor actually gets even better over the course of a few days.
Not to mention, they’re really versatile, and can be dressed up or down depending on your mood. As a kid we had them in cheese-topped tortillas, and now my usual go-to is with brown rice and avocado. They also go great as part of a salad!
- 2 – 15oz cans black beans, drained and washed
- 1 – 15oz can pinto beans, drained and washed
- 1 large yellow or white onion
- 2 cups bell peppers, any color
- 1 cup fresh tomato
- 3 tsp fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)
- Heaping 1/4c fresh parsley
- 3 large garlic cloves
- 2-3 small medium-hot peppers* (~3 tbsp worth)
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- 1/4c dry white wine
- Salt to taste
- Topping ideas: Avocado, fresh tomato, scallions, hot sauce, vegan cheese
*Every hot pepper I’ve tried has tasted good in it, and I often mix and match: jalapeno, garden salsa, anaheim… try experimenting with your favorite peppers! Or try 1/2+ tsp dried cayenne to taste.
- Chop the onions and bell peppers, either by hand or in a food processor. Add to a pot over medium heat and sauté around 5 minutes or until the onions begin to get translucent.
- In a blender or food processor, combine the vinegar, wine, oregano, parsley, garlic, and hot peppers. Blend briefly until everything looks approximately minced–do not blend until smooth. (Careful not to inhale it right after it’s done blending, the hot pepper can sting your nose!)
- Chop or food-process tomatoes until diced, and add them to the pot with the onions and bell peppers. Also add the blended herb mixture, and the rest of the ingredients (beans, cumin).
- Simmer for 15 minutes, until everything is tender and combined.
- Blend 1/2 to 3/4 of the pot, depending on how pureed you want your beans. If you puree them a lot they’ll be like black bean soup, and if you puree them less they’ll likely stay in tacos better–it’s up to your personal taste! I usually coarsely blend around 2/3 of it.
- Add salt to taste, and serve on its own, with rice, or in a burrito or taco.