Frijoles Negros 

This recipe for black beans is another from Atlanta Cooknotes, an old Junior League book. My husband, who already has the body of a Greek god, has been wanting to gain muscle (and prior to marrying me existed on cereal, pop tarts, and peanut butter with occasional bacon and eggs, so nutrition might actually have an influence now), so I Googled, as a refresher, good food to eat for that. I sadly have never been in a position of “wanting to gain weight” so it’s not like we can both suck down whey protein at every meal and chase it with three hard boiled eggs (also, ew. Also, actually a bad idea). Rice and beans it is! Alongside some (small) fish tacos. These flavor choices brought to us by my coworker trying to give away this basket of jalopeños.

I searched the tag jalopeños and came across this Green Sauce recipe from Finding My Inner Chef. It sounded like it would go amazingly well with fish tacos and black beans and rice, so I whipped up a batch in my blender. It’s fantastic.

Frijoles Negros
This recipe calls for dried black beans, so plan accordingly for that soaking process.

1 cup black beans
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 garlic clove
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 small piece of bacon, diced
salt and pepper to taste

Wash and soak beans in water eight hours or overnight.  Boil beans in two and one half cups water until tender (about an hour). Saute chopped onion and garlic in olive oil.  Add onion, garlic, chopped green pepper, diced bacon, salt, and pepper to beans.  Simmer 15 additional minutes.  Serve with rice, if desired.


3 thoughts on “Frijoles Negros 

  1. LaurieLaGringa September 29, 2015 / 9:25 am

    Your black bean recipe looks VERY inviting, but my tummy won’t tolerate beans this week. Normally, I can eat beans most days of the week, as I often did when I lived in Central America. Cuban style arroz y frijoles negroes are the best! Interestingly I lived in Honduras, which had a lot of affinity with Cuba but they did NOT like black beans. They ate red beans and rice. They also did NOT like pinto beans, which are preferred in Texas and Mexico. I like them all, but I must admit black beans with pico de gallo is my favorite.


    • fetaworkshop October 1, 2015 / 5:37 pm

      I’ve been to Honduras a few times and did notice the lack of black beans! I wasn’t sure if it was just the hospital I stayed at. I went to Nicaragua for a week when I was in highschool and we ate them for breakfast there. I loved it!


      • LaurieLaGringa October 1, 2015 / 11:58 pm

        Yes you are correct. Nicos (Nicauraguans) love black beans. It’s strange because the areas are very close to one another to have such pronounced difference tastes.


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