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    West African Red Beans

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    1 hrs 45 mins

    15 mins

    1 hrs 30 mins

    LifeIsGood's Note:

    This is a great bean recipe, with it's origins in Africa. I really love the layers of flavor. The original recipe called for 1/2 Cup of peanut oil, but I just reduced it to 1/4 Cup, which I think is plenty. You can always cook the beans longer if they are not tender enough. Recipe by chef Angela Shelf Medearis. *Cook time does not include the overnight soaking of beans.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Soak the beans overnight in 2 quarts of water. OR you could quick soak them by putting the beans into a heavy pot and cover with 2 quarts of water, bring to a boil and boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let the beans soak, uncovered for 1 hour.
    2. 2
      Bring the pot of soaked beans to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Add 1/4 C of the onion and simmer, partly covered, about 1 hour, or until the beans are tender but not mushy. Drain the beans and set them aside.
    3. 3
      In a large skillet, heat the oil until it is hot but not smoking. Saute the remaining cup of onions until soft and translucent but not brown. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, cayenne pepper, white pepper and salt. Stirring frequently, simmer the mixture until most of the liquid has evaporated. Stir in the beans and cook, uncovered, for about 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 26, 2012

      55

      Really tasty beans - they remind me of a dish my mom used to make! I plan to serve them over rice; although they are plenty delicious on their own. I added a wee bit more cayenne to give them a little more "kick". These beans would make a great vegetarian meal or a side dish to a meat. Made for the 1-2-3 Tag, May, 2012.

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    • on May 29, 2011

      55

      I already had some beans cooked up so I used those and I also cut back on the oil by half. This recipe was delicious and it would be perfect served over creamy mashed potatoes! Made for ZWT 7 (The Hot Pink Ladies)

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    Nutritional Facts for West African Red Beans

    Serving Size: 1 (89 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 214.9
     
    Calories from Fat 85
    39%
    Total Fat 9.5 g
    14%
    Saturated Fat 1.6 g
    8%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 471.2 mg
    19%
    Total Carbohydrate 25.6 g
    8%
    Dietary Fiber 6.1 g
    24%
    Sugars 3.3 g
    13%
    Protein 7.7 g
    15%

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