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Black Bean Stew ~ Frijoles Negro

Caribbean style recipe, vegetarian, and great served over white rice or eaten alone.

Recipe Type:  Chicken
Servings  4
Ingredients
2.5  cup  Black beans, dry  
5  cup  cups water (for quick soak or overnight soak)  
1.5  cup  onion, chopped  
5.5  cup  green bell pepper, chopped  
3  clove  garlic, chopped fine  
1  tablespoon  salt  
0.25  teaspoon  black pepper  
2  tablespoon  olive oil for sautéing  
1  teaspoon  oregano  
0.5  teaspoon  cumin, ground  
1    bay leaf  
1  ounce  vinegar  
2.5  cup  water (for cooking)  
2  ounce  dry white wine  
2  teaspoon  sugar  
2  tablespoon  olive oil (to drizzle over beans in final step)  

Directions

1. Cover dry beans with water and let stand covered overnight. Drain and discard water.

2. Quick soak method: cook dry beans in the pressure cooker with 5 cups of water for 10 minutes, drain water. Follow recipe below.

3. Place the inner pot into the Pressure Cooker.

4. Place the soaked black beans in to the inner pot. Add water and 1 tbsp. olive oil − this will prevent the beans from foaming.

5. Place the lid on the Power Pressure Cooker XL, lock the lid and switch the pressure release valve to closed.

6. Set the time to 5 minutes. Press the BEANS/LENTILS button.

7. Once the timer reaches 0, the cooker will automatically switch to KEEP WARM. Press the CANCEL button. Switch the pressure release valve to open. When the steam is completely released, remove the lid.

8. Remove the beans from the inner pot. Or sauté next steps in a pan. Do not drain the water from the cooked beans.

9. Sauté the onions, garlic and green pepper in olive oil until the onions are translucent.

10. Add the oregano, cumin, and bay leaf. This makes your Sofrito.

11. Add this Sofrito to the beans, add the sugar, vinegar, wine, salt and pepper.

12. Place the lid on the Pressure Cooker, lock the lid and switch the pressure release valve to closed.

13. Press the BEANS/LENTILS button then TIME ADJUSTMENT button. Set the time to 10 min.

14. Once the timer reaches 0, the cooker will automatically switch to KEEP WARM. Press the CANCEL button. Switch the pressure release valve to open. When the steam is completely released, remove the lid.

15. Press the SLOW/COOK button. Default is 2 hours, but let simmer for at least 30 minutes with lid off.  (this step is optional, but it combines the flavors)

16. Serve the prepared black beans over white rice