This authentic Mexican black bean recipe uses avocado leaves to add a flavor reminiscent of anise. If you don't have a Latin market in your area you'll likely have to go online, though it's worth it. But even if you leave them out, you'll still have an awesome pot of healthy black beans. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2015

Roberto Santibañez


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  • Combine beans, garlic and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally and adding more hot water if necessary to keep the beans just covered, until the beans are tender and creamy, 1 to 2 hours, depending on how fresh the beans are. Stir in salt. Remove from heat and let stand while you cook the onion.

  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden, 10 to 12 minutes more. Coarsely crumble avocado leaves (if using) into the pan and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  • Puree 1 cup of the beans, 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid and the onion mixture (oil and all) in a blender. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Stir the blended mixture back into the beans. Swish a little more water around in the blender and add it to the beans too. Return to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until reheated, about 5 minutes.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days; reheat just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

204 calories; total fat 9.8g 15% DV; saturated fat 0.8g; cholesterolmg; sodium 194mg 8% DV; potassium 332mg 9% DV; carbohydrates 22g 7% DV; fiber 7.9g 32% DV; sugarg; protein 8.1g 16% DV; exchange other carbs 2; vitamin a iu 6IU; vitamin c 1mg; folate 135mcg; calcium 33mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 66mg; thiaminmg.

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Rating: 5 stars
A favorite. Worked perfectly amazing flavor. Note- don't drain the beans after cooking. Read More
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Hard beans... I feel like there was a missing step of soaking the beans first maybe?!?! I followed the directions with dry black beans but in the end ended up simmering them (continuously adding water as needed) for about 5.5 hours and they were still hard/crunchy in the end. Read More