Before I get started, I know a lot of you are going to say that a recipe for black beans doesn’t belong on a Paleo site because “legumes aren’t Paleo.” I don’t know if I buy in to this argument entirely, so I ask that you keep an open mind while checking out this post!
If you’re like me and believe Paleo is a framework for eating healthy and you are able to tolerate legumes, I think this is an awesome, easy recipe for you to try!
Homemade Black Beans
- 1-pound of dried organic black beans
- 1/2 of a large onion, chopped into large pieces
- 6 cloves of garlic, unchopped
- 4 bay leaves
- In a large bowl, soak the dried black beans in filtered water for at least 24-hours. I often will drain and replace the water after 12-hours, and sometimes add a splash of apple cider vinegar to the soak.
- After soaking, drain the beans and then place in a slow cooker. Then cover the beans with the onion, unchopped garlic cloves, and bay leaves.
- Add 6-cups of water to the slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for 6-hours. It’s okay to stir every once in a while, and make sure you’re coming back to check the water level, too.
- Once the beans are are at a texture you like, you’re ready to go.
Sure, you could take the easy route and buy canned black beans, but I think anything you make at home from fresh ingredients is going to be a lot healthier than something you buy right off the shelf!