Moro de Habichuelas Negras (Quick Black Beans and Rice with Bacon)

Written by Chacha on Mar 25th, 2014 in Bacon, Black beans, Dominican, Latin, Rice, Side Dishes | No Comments

While beans are native to the Americas, rice is not. Rice was introduced to the Caribbean and South America by Spanish colonizers. In many areas, rice and beans are often served side by side rather than mixed. Either way, they are considered a meal, frequently with a topping of meat. Meat or other ingredients are sometimes placed atop rice and […]

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Arroz con Gandules (Pigeon Peas and Rice)

Written by Chacha on Oct 26th, 2013 in Latin, Meatless Side dish, Pigeon Peas, Recipe, Rice, Vegetable | No Comments

Servings: 4 Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons butter 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 cubanella or sweet banana pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped 1/2 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped 1 whole Serrano pepper (Note: I always add a whole, not chopped, Serrano pepper just because I like it spicy) 5 cloves garlic, smashed, […]

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Black Eye Pea Soup

Written by Chacha on Aug 3rd, 2012 in Appetizer, Dry Beans, Meatless Side dish, Recipe, Soups | No Comments

  Servings: 8 to 10 Ingredients 1 pound dried black eye peas Extra-virgin olive oil 2 1/2 quarts water 5 large cloves of garlic, smashed, divided 1 big onion, thinly sliced, divided 1/2 green pepper, seeded and finely chopped ½ tsp. oregano 1 tsp. ground cumin 2 tbsp. vinegar 2 tsp. tomato paste 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves Tabasco […]

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Black Bean Soup

Written by Chacha on Jul 5th, 2012 in Black beans, Dry Beans, Latin, Meatless Main Dish, Recipe, Soups | No Comments

Servings: 6 to 8 Ingredients For the soup: 1 pound dried black beans (preferably Goya brand) 1 smoked ham hock, optional 6 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled, divided 1 large onion, thinly sliced 1/2 green pepper, cored, seeded and thinly sliced Extra-virgin olive oil 4 quarts water 1 teaspoon dried Mexican or Greek oregano leaves, crumbled 2 teaspoon freshly ground cumin […]

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Best Black Beans (Habichuelas Negras Guisadas)

Written by Chacha on Jul 5th, 2012 in Black beans, Dry Beans, Latin, Meatless Side dish, Side Dishes, Vegetable | No Comments

Servings: 6 to 8 Ingredients 1 pound dried black beans (preferably Goya) 6 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled, divided 1 large onion, thinly sliced, divided 1/2  green bell pepper, cored, seeded and very thinly sliced Extra-virgin olive oil 4 quarts water 1 teaspoon dried Mexican or Greek oregano leaves, crumbled 2 teaspoon freshly ground cumin 2 teaspoon tomato paste or ¼ cup canned tomato […]

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