Black turtle beans are simmered with onion, garlic, bay, and dried chipotle pepper for this easy, fat-free Mexican recipe. You can even make a big batch in your Slow Cooker: simply throw everything in and set on low for 8-10 hours. This healthy, gluten-free, vegan dish tastes great over Quinoa Fiesta Salad, Arroz Verde, or just topped with some fresh Guacamole.
EASY Servings: 6 Ready In: 70 minutes
1 cup dry Black Turtle Beans
1 medium onion
1 bay leaf
2 cloves garlic
1 dried chipotle pepper
Salt and pepper
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For this recipe, you'll need dry black beans, an onion, bay leaf, garlic, and dried chipotle. You can play with other dried peppers and aromatics.
To soak beans: Place them in a container and cover with at least a few inches of water. Soak at least 8 hours...or overnight.
After soaking, thoroughly rinse the beans under running water until the water runs clear.
After the initial soaking, beans will double or triple in size.
To cook the beans: Place the beans, onion, bay leaf, garlic, and chipotle in a medium pot! Cover with a couple inches of water. Place the lid on, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and let it go for about 40-70 minutes, depending on the age of your beans. Do not salt your beans as this tends to make them tougher and prolong the cooking. Skim off any suds that might come to the surface of the cooking liquid.
To serve: Beans are done when tender and just starting to fall apart.
Remove bay leaf and chipotle. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Serve over quinoa, with lettuce, pico de gallo, and avocado lime dressing for a Fiesta Bowl.
Yield: About 3 cups
Chef's Tips: Make a big batch and freeze them smaller quantities so you have a good supply on hand.
Amount Per Serving (about 1/2 cup)
Calories From Fat (2%) 2.55
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.3g <1%
Saturated Fat 0.08g <1%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids g
Omega-6 Fatty Acids g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3.81mg <1%
Potassium 493.88mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 21.73g 7%
Fiber 5.14g 21%
Protein 6.82g 14%
Calcium 1.98mg <1%
Iron 55.76mg 310%
Vitamin A 8.29IU <1%
Vitamin C 2.02mg 3%