Black Beans

Black Beans with Ham Hock
Serves 8
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 ham hock (approx 1 lb)
  3. 1 med yellow onion, diced
  4. 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, diced (optional)
  6. 2 tsp ground cumin
  7. Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
  8. 1 lb black beans, picked through and soaked overnight then rinsed
  9. 4 cups chicken stock (or 6 cups for un-soaked beans)
  10. Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Pick through beans making sure that there are no rocks or other debris. Place the beans in a tall saucepot and cover them with water by two inches. Let soak overnight. (They will swell so allow room in the pot)
  2. In a heavy saucepan, sauté the ham hock, onions, garlic, and cumin in olive oil until the onions are translucent. Add cayenne if desired. Add black beans and stir.
  3. Add enough chicken stock to cover the beans by an inch. Simmer over med-low heat, adding additional chicken stock as necessary, until beans are tender, 2 – 3 hours. Be sure to occasionally stir the beans and make sure there are none sticking or burning on the bottom of your pan. (if using a pressure cooker, place the lid on now, bring to pressure level 2 and cook approx. 25 mins. follow the instructions for your specific pressure cooker for beans)
  4. Stir in or garnish with jalapenos before serving. (optional)
Notes
  1. Use a pressure cooker for faster preparation, 30 mins instead of 2-3 hours
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