Frijoles Negros

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  • 1 pound dry black beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 8 ounces chorizo sausage
  • 4 large cilantro sprigs
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 celery rib with leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 6 ¾-cup servings white rice

Number of Servings : 6


  1. Sort beans into a strainer, removing any rocks or dirt pieces; rinse with cold water.
  2. In a large pot, combine beans, water and sausage. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Wash the cilantro. Peel the onion. Peel the carrot and cut into 4 pieces. Clean the celery rib and cut into 4 pieces. Add cilantro, carrot, onion and celery to the pot.
  4. Add oil, cocoa and spices. Simmer until the beans are tender, about 1 hour.
  5. Prepare 6 servings of rice according to instructions on box or package.
  6. Remove and discard vegetables, cilantro and cloves from pot of beans.
  7. Remove sausage, slice and return to pot. Serve hot over rice.