Cafe Pasqual's is a well known restaurant in Santa Fe, NM and one of my favorites. Black beans, also known as turtle
beans, are native to Central and South America. I prefer them to the Southwest's more traditional pinto; they have
more flavor and seem to be more easily digested. They also do not need the addition of meat fat for flavor the way
pinto beans do.
Do not soak these beans overnight. Presoaking actually seems to lengthen the cooking time. Also, to achieve
soft, tender beans, do not add salt until the end of the cooking process. Adding salt early in the cooking will
make the beans tough.
Sort the beans by hand to remove small rocks and bits of organic debris, and clean thoroughly, rinsing under
Combine all the ingredients, except the salt, in a stockpot. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low.
Simmer uncovered, until the beans are soft, about 1 1/2 hours. Add water as needed to keep the beans immersed during
cooking. When the beans are properly cooked, they are tender but their skins remain unbroken.
Season with the salt. Cool the beans and store in their liquid to cover in the refrigerator. the beans will
keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator. The beans will keep for up to 5 days in a container with a tight fitting
lid. You may freeze the beans for up to 2 months. When thawed they will be softer in texture.
Variations: Halfway through the cooking, add to the beans 2 lemons, sliced, seeded, and coarsely chopped;
and/or 1 1/2 teaspoons medium-hot New Mexico red chile powder (molido) and any leftover salsa. For more piquant
beans, add 1 fresh serrano chile, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped.
From: Cafe Pasqual's Cookbook by Katharine Kagel
Posted By: Chile Head Mailing List
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