Stephanie O'Dea's Slow Cooker Black Beans with Cilantro
Prepare These For Your Next Pot Luck.
It's potluck season, and there is no easier way to prepare food for a large group than to toss ingredients into a slow cooker and press a button. I really like to serve these beans for parties—guests are pleasantly surprised by the fresh punch of flavor the cilantro provides, and because beans are super-filling without being calorie-dense, partiers can go wild without an ounce of guilt.
Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Sort the beans and soak them overnight in a bunch of water (beans should be fully covered by at least 2 inches of water). In the morning, drain the water, and place the soaked beans into an empty slow cooker. Add the broth, dried cilantro, and garlic powder. Stir to combine.
Cover your pot, and cook on low for 8 to 12 hours, or until the beans are bite-tender. If you live in a high altitude, you may need to cook them for a bit longer.
Toss the hot cooked beans with chopped cilantro before serving. If feeding a large group, provide rice, tortillas, chips, salsa, sour cream, and avocado slices to stretch your meal.
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Stephanie O'Dea is a New York Times best-selling author of the Make it Fast, Cook it Slow cookbooks, blogger, slow-cookerer, and shortcut queen.