Simple Black Beans


1/2 pound dried black beans
1 medium onion, roughly chopped

3 fresh garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Shake of red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chopped scallions, for garnish


Put beans into boiling water and turn off to sit and let the sugars come out. Rinse, add water and bring to a boil. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. Add onion and simmer 30 minutes more. Add the garlic, oregano, cumin, and red pepper flakes, and simmer uncovered. Add sugar and vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Serving garnished with chopped green onions.

Inspired by Melissa d’Arabian’s “Perfect Black Beans”.

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