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Dominican Beans
From: Jo

A Latin American staple. Serve with rice and you've got a wonderful meal. Gourmet. Serves 4 as a main course, or 8 as a side dish.

SERVES 4 -8

  • 28-30 ounces canned pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 ounces fresh cilantro
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 sweet pepper (italian frying pepper-halved lengthwise, stem and seeds discarded)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Puree half of beans in a food processor or blender with 1 cup water until smooth.

Tie cilantro into a tight bundle with string.

Cook onion and garlic in olive oil in a 5-6 quart pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened but not browned, about 8 minutes.

Add tomato paste, vinegar, and 1 cup water, then bring to a boil and cook, stirring, 2 minutes.

Add pureed and whole beans, Italian frying pepper halves, cilantro, bay leaves, salt, oregano, pepper and remaining 2 cups water, then simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 1 1/2 hours (mixture will reduce and thicken).

Remove and discard Italian pepper halves, cilantro, and bay leaves, then serve.