Sunday, April 24, 2016

Puerto Rican Red Beans

Big and bold flavors and combination of beans, bacon, spices and potatoes.  
A different way to enjoy beans without the regular sweetness.  These would be great as a side dish for smoked pulled pork, grilled meats, or even as a main dish!

Serves 10-12 (freezes well)

1 cup chopped bacon, thick cut, if possible
1 Bay leaf
1 Bell pepper, medium, chopped
1/4 cup Cilantro, Fresh
2 tsp Garlic, chopped
1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 Onion, medium, chopped
1 Potatoes, large "waxy", chopped in large cubes
6 cups Broth, or water
4 Tbsp Tomato paste
1/4-1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 tsp Paprika, smoked
1 tsp Cumin
3 cups dried small red beans or 15oz. cans rinse and drained
3 Tbsp of mild hot sauce, like Green tabasco or Frank's Red Hot

Chop all the veggies and all ingredients to a crockpot. Give it a stir to combine well.  Cook at 8-10 hours on Low for dried beans until they are tender.  Or, about 3-4 hours with canned beans (until potato is tender).  Add salt and pepper to taste.

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