Beans are the oldest form of food plants that were cultivated by humans. Mexican beans are an intrinsic and indigenous recipe which is extremely nutritious, healthy and delicious. According to history beans were first cultivated 7000 years ago in southern Mexico.
Mexicans grew all kinds of beans and eventually this practice of bean cultivation spread throughout the world. Mexican beans recipe can be made from various beans; however, here I have used kidney beans. You may replace it with pinto or black beans also. This preparation is eaten and enjoyed world over now and many variations of this recipe has been invented in many countries. However, I have tried to keep it simple and taste worthy here.
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes
Olive Oil – 4 tablespoon
Red Onion – 1 large, finely chopped
Red Capsicum – 1 medium to large, finely chopped
Jalapeno Pepper – 1 or 2 chopped
Tomato – 2 diced
Tomato puree – 180 grams, canned
Kidney Beans – 800 grams, canned
Garlic Cloves – 2 cloves finely chopped
Chili Powder – 2 teaspoon
Salt and sugar to taste
Parsley or Cilantro leaves for garnishing
Method of Preparation
1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and toss in the garlic cloves. Let it cook for a minute then pour the chopped onions into the pan. Stir it for 3 to 4 minutes or until the onions turn transparent.
2. Add the chopped capsicum and the jalapeno pepper and stir for another 2 minutes then add the chili powder and mix it in. Then toss the diced tomatoes in the pan and let it cook for another minute.
The kidney beans are available in the market and the beans are preserved in cans. Also you may buy kidney beans which are not processed. They have more nutritional value. However, the kidney beans which are no preserved need a little extra preparation. You need soak these beans overnight to make them soft and easy to bite into. The softer the beans the better the digestion is.
3. Drain the water from the beans and mix it in with the mixture in the pan. Then pour the tomato puree and stir. Add a pinch of salt and some sugar to taste and let the mixture simmer for the next 20 minutes.
4. You may add a little water if the recipe gets too dry. Although, the tomato puree serves the purpose of making the gravy and also that the recipe does not get dry.
Some people like meat into their beans. You may also add some semi cooked meat into the preparation to add some meaty flavor to it. Some add semi cooked bacon into the mixture before step 2. The bacon should be cooked properly before step 2 is performed.
5. Once the preparation is all mixed in and is not too watery then turn off the heat and serve in bowls. Garnish the dish by sprinkling some cilantro or parsley leaves over the preparation and do not stir it in. As this recipe is a side dish, it is best paired up with steamed white basmati rice. Although, sometimes they mixture is also wrapped in wholegrain tortillas and served.