Last year, I found myself in a big box store staring at a case of canned black beans and a pallet of organic dry black beans. The price was the same but I couldn’t get over the quantity difference. Choosing the dry beans allowed me to get three-times as many beans as I would have if I opted for the can-ready beans. My husband assumed I had lost my mind, but being the frugal mom I am, I couldn’t pass up that big beautiful bag of organic black beans. So, I brought them home and started cooking!
At first I used my stove-top to make them the traditional way. AND then I decided to try them in my T-fal 10-In-1 Rice and Multicooker! I know I tell you about this thing all the time, but seriously, what we can do in it is amazing. If you don’t have one yet, don’t worry, I’ll give you the stove-top rundown too.
The recipe below is my base recipe. I use this as a starter for black bean soup, black bean tacos, black beans and rice. (whatever + black beans — this is where I start!)
Easy Spiced Black Beans Recipe
- 2 cups dry black beans
- 8 cups water
- 1 Small Onion, diced (reserve 1/4 cup)
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 can Ro-Tel Tomato & Green Chilies
- 1 tbsp oil
Add oil and onion to your Multicooker. Choose the “soup” setting and reduce the time to 5 minutes. Close lid and cook for 5 minutes undisturbed.
Meanwhile, wash and rinse beans. Set aside.
Return to your Multicooker, add garlic, undrained can of tomato and chilies, black beans, and 6 cups of water. Stir, close lid. Choose the “soup” setting again and allow to cook for 45 minutes, stir, add 1-2 cups of water (if needed), and repeat.
Heat oil in large pot. Sweat/cook onion for 3 minutes stirring frequently. Add garlic, cook for an additional minute. Add undrained can of tomato and chilies, black beans, and 6-8 cups of water. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for one hour. Stir and add water. Return to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for an additional hour. Repeat 1-2 more times until your beans are tender.
Tip: Always make sure you have plenty of water in your beans to prevent them from burning!
How Are Dry Black Beans Frugal?
How does dry beans save if I’m still using a can of tomatoes in my recipe? Because two cups of dry beans equals four cans of beans! At $1 per can, that’s a big saving at the end of the year! Additionally, I buy my canned tomatoes when they are on sale and with a coupon. Coupons and sales for black beans are much harder to come across.