SouthWest Beans


       Beans soaking in water

       All ingredients starting to boil

       With puréed beens added back in

       Save some for leftovers

Number served:

Ingredients:

  • black beans - 1 cup
  • adzuki beans - 1/2 cup
  • kidney beans - 1/2 cup
  • pinto beans - 1/2 cup
  • fresh garlic - 1 tablespoon
  • dried oregano - 2 teaspoon
  • coriander - 1/2 teaspoon
  • marjoram - 1/2 teaspoon
  • cumin - 1/2 teaspoon
  • cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • dried bay leaf - 1/2 tablespoon
  • black pepper - 1 tablespoon
  • brown onions (chopped) - 1 cup
  • chili powder - 1 tablespoon
  • salt - 1 teaspoon

Directions:

Inspect the beans making sure there are no small stones. Rinse.

Wash the beans and soak overnight (up to 24 hours is OK). If you do not have time to presoak the beans, boil for 5 minutes and turn off heat for about one hour.

Drain and wash beans and then add to a large soup pot with 5 to 6 cups of water. (You might have to add additional water later). Add all ingredients (but no salt, this makes them tough during cooking), cover, and cook at a slow boil for a few hours, adding water as required to keep the beans slightly covered in water.

The onion should be finely chopped. Cook covered for another hour. Note: if there is too much water in the beans, you can cook them uncovered until the liquid is reduced.

Add salt before serving. Adding salt earlier makes the beans tough. OPTIONAL: when the beans are cooked, put about 1/3 of the cooked beans in a blender, puree for about 10 seconds, and add them back to the rest of the cooked beans. This optional step gives the beans a tasty creamy consistency.

Idea for left over beans: warm and serve with grated cheese and a fried egg on top.

Get creative: based on the statistics of over 100,000 recipes, here are some other ingredients that are commonly used with the ingredients in this recipe that you might want to experiment by adding one or two of the following (amounts adjusted assuming you making 4 servings):

  • coconut oil : 1 teaspoon
  • garam masala : 1/4 teaspoon
  • cayenne pepper : 1/4 teaspoon
  • dried basil : 1/4 teaspoon
  • olive oil : 1 teaspoon
  • paprika : 1/4 teaspoon
  • garlic powder : 1/4 teaspoon
  • dried thyme : 1/4 teaspoon
  • frozen corn : 1/4 cup
  • fresh cilantro : 3/4 teaspoon

Approximate nutrients
per serving
(% daily requirement):


  • iron 176%

    brown onions: 4%
    pinto beans: 53%
    kidney beans: 36%
    adzuki beans: 31%
    black beans: 50%

  • manganese 38%

    brown onions: 2%
    pinto beans: 9%
    kidney beans: 5%
    adzuki beans: 9%
    black beans: 10%

  • food_folate 36%

    brown onions: 1%
    pinto beans: 3%
    kidney beans: 7%
    adzuki beans: 8%
    black beans: 16%

  • folate_total 36%

    brown onions: 1%
    pinto beans: 3%
    kidney beans: 7%
    adzuki beans: 8%
    black beans: 16%

  • copper 30%

    brown onions: 1%
    pinto beans: 3%
    kidney beans: 5%
    adzuki beans: 9%
    black beans: 9%

  • carbohydrate 28%

    brown onions: 2%
    pinto beans: 8%
    kidney beans: 3%
    adzuki beans: 5%
    black beans: 7%

  • fiber 28%

    brown onions: 1%
    pinto beans: 8%
    kidney beans: 3%
    adzuki beans: 5%
    black beans: 9%

  • thiamin 26%

    brown onions: 1%
    pinto beans: 8%
    kidney beans: 3%
    adzuki beans: 3%
    black beans: 9%

  • phosphorus 26%

    brown onions: 1%
    pinto beans: 5%
    kidney beans: 4%
    adzuki beans: 6%
    black beans: 8%

  • magnesium 24%

    brown onions: 1%
    pinto beans: 5%
    kidney beans: 3%
    adzuki beans: 4%
    black beans: 9%

  • protein 19%

    pinto beans: 5%
    kidney beans: 3%
    adzuki beans: 3%
    black beans: 6%

  • vitamin_b6 15%

    brown onions: 3%
    pinto beans: 5%
    kidney beans: 2%
    adzuki beans: 2%
    black beans: 2%

  • potassium 14%

    brown onions: 1%
    pinto beans: 4%
    kidney beans: 1%
    adzuki beans: 3%
    black beans: 3%

  • sodium 10%

    pinto beans: 1%
    kidney beans: 3%
    adzuki beans: 4%

  • riboflavin 8%

    pinto beans: 3%
    kidney beans: 1%
    adzuki beans: 1%
    black beans: 2%

  • energy_in_kcal 8%

    pinto beans: 2%
    kidney beans: 1%
    adzuki beans: 1%
    black beans: 2%

  • pantothenic_acid 6%

    pinto beans: 1%
    adzuki beans: 2%
    black beans: 2%