Bold is the word that immediately comes to mind when I think of this vegan version of "frijoles negros". This hearty stew, or chili if you please, featuring black beans dressed up with vibrant spices is just the dish to bridge the gap between 6 months of intensely unpleasant Canadian temperatures and a summer that hopefully will shine upon us unfortunate freezing northern souls sooner than later.
I'll be making this hearty dish again in future. It is certainly an ideal way to showcase the assertive character of black beans that are complemented here by vibrant chilies and spices and, yes, some fine quality beer. You won't need a whole can or bottle, but if you like beer, then that won't pose a problem as you prepare the beans. I should note that you really can't detect the beer, though it does add further depth to this flavorful creation that is a complete taste sensation for the palate. Coconut milk is, in my opinion, also essential because of the delightful creaminess it imparts to the broth.
This is another recipe inspired from Janet of The Taste Space. She shares a wealth of creative vegan recipes to nourish for any season, anytime of day, often with ethnic influences that I admire so much. She is also a big fan of legumes and showcases them in countless inventive ways. My only complaint about visiting Janet's site is the hunger induced by her recipes and mouthwatering photos — that, and my ever expanding list of bookmarked recipes gets even longer with each visit.
On the topic of bookmarked recipes, I am sharing this with Jacqueline's monthly bookmarked recipes event.
|Cuban-Inspired Black Beans|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from The Taste Space
Published on May 7, 2014
Thick, colorful, hearty and vibrant Cuban-style black bean and chili stew seasoned with sun-dried tomatoes, spices and beer
More black bean offerings from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Beet, Barley and Black Bean Soup
Black Bean and Goat Cheese Quesadillas
Zesty Black Bean and Avocado Salad
Vegetarian Three Bean Chili with a Cashew-Pistachio Sauce
On the top of the reading stack: Dead Souls - Gogol
Audio Accompaniment: LTJ Bukem