There is something so satisfying about black beans with hints of garlic, onion and bay leaf tucked in. When I spent a summer in Costa Rica I lived off black beans, well, Gallo Pinto to be specific. It was the ultimate breakfast, lunch and dinner. I haven't even attempted to recreate the Gallo Pinto from my past in fear of jeopardizing the memory my taste buds hold onto dearly. I did, however, manage to create the perfect black beans, similar enough to remind me of my time spent in Cedros without replacing the memory of my Tica Madre's famous dish.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
3 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 bay leaves
2 BPA-free lining cans of black beans
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups beer*
1/2 cup water, as needed
1 cup dry brown or white rice
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, diced
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 ripe banana, sliced
*You can replace the beer with a flavorful vegetable broth
Add the olive oil to a pot over medium heat, once hot add in the onion, bell pepper and garlic, saute until the onion becomes translucent.
Add in the ground cumin, dried oregano, garlic powder, salt and bay leaves, saute for one minute.
Add in the black beans, apple cider vinegar and beer- bring to a boil before lowering to a simmer and sticking a lid over top. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cook the rice according to package instructions. Once cooked stir in the cilantro and lime juice, set aside.
After 45 minutes take the lid off the beans and cook out excess liquid, if any, until desired consistency.
In a small saute pan heat the coconut oil, add in the banana slices and cook for 4 minutes per side or until they start to caramelize, turning a golden brown.
Dice you avocado while the banana is cooking. Sprinkle the diced avocado with a dash of garlic powder and salt if desired.
Add a scoop of cilantro-lime rice into a bowl, top with a scoop of beans, caramelized banana slices and a few pieces of avocado and enjoy.
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