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Black Beans Slow Cooker or Oven Recipe

If you're wondering what to make for lunch or even dinner this week, why not get a pot or crock pot  delicious black beans going. Once you try these you'll never go back to the canned stuff, I promise! 
First enlist the help of a sweet son, if you have one of those like mine and wash 1lb of dried organic black beans. You'll also want to sort these for rocks or shriveled up beans. 
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Aren't black beans gorgeous! They look like little jewels! My son loves how they feel in his hands. 
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Next if you have a crock pot place the washed black beans in the pot. Add enough water to cover them by an inch. I just stick my finger in to get a measurement.  Cover and cook on high for 4.5 hours on high or low for 6-7 hours depending on the temperature of your crock pot. You may have to check for water if your beans soak all it up, but mine never do. Add salt afterwords to taste.  That's it for plain black beans, but we never have them this way.  If you like Chipotle style black beans keep reading for that recipe. 
To the pot add:
 - 2T of Cumin
 - 2 Bay Leaves
 - 2 T of Sherry
Cook the same as above. 
If you don't have a crockpot, cooking black beans in the oven is so easy and they turn out just as delicious and creamy as the crockpot version. Turn on the oven to 350 and bake for 90
minutes. Check for doneness after 90 minutes. 
See, that was easy, wasn't it? 
We love black beans in our house, we eat them on nachos, tacos, "burrito bowls", black beans and rice and any other way we can get them. 


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