Prep 8 hrs
Cook 21 mins
Entered for safe-keeping, from Kuhn Rikon's "Quick Cuisine". K-R recommends at least a 4-quart pressure cooker for this recipe. For maximum flavor, use a Long Soak (8 hours or overnight) before cooking the beans AND pressure cook one day prior to serving; add the chopped tomato, lime juice and salt just before serving. (The long soak and the salt help to reduce gassiness.) (It is best to add acids after black beans have fully cooked.) This dish goes well with enchiladas. Or you can preheat an oven to 350 degrees F, transfer the beans to an ovenproof dish, and sprinkle with shredded Monterey Jack cheese; then bake for 15 minutes or until cheese melts.
PRE-SOAK BEANS FOR 8-10 HOURS OR OVERNIGHT IN COOL LOCATION
- 1⁄2 lb dried black beans, sorted and rinsed (1 cup)
- 3 cups cold water
- 1 teaspoon salt
ADDED FOR PRESSURE COOKING
- 2 bacon, slices chopped
- 1 medium onion, peeled and diced (110 g)
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 1⁄2-1 jalapeno pepper, sliced lengthwise and seeds removed and then finely chopped
- 1 3⁄4 cups water
- 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
ADDED JUST PRIOR TO SERVING
- 1 large tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- salt, to taste
- Sort through dried black beans and remove broken or discolored beans. Rinse, then soak beans in water with salt for 8-10 hours or overnight, in a cool location.
- Drain beans and rinse again. Allow to drain until Step 5.
- In a 4-quart or larger pressure cooker, heat bacon over medium-high heat.
- After bacon has released some oil, stir in onion, garlic and jalapeno pepper. Cook until onion softens.
- Add 1 3/4 cups water and rinsed and drained beans.
- Increase to high heat. Stir in cilantro, ground oregano and black pepper.
- Secure lid and bring to high pressure over high heat. Adjust heat to stabilize pressure at 2nd red ring or high pressure. (If p.c. whistles, it is too hot.) From the moment high pressure was reached, cook for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to lose pressure naturally.
- Cooked black beans taste the best the next day. If you can wait, please refrigerate and reheat when ready to serve.
- When ready to serve, heat up black beans and stir in chopped tomato, lime juice and salt.