Austin-Style Black Beans {The Homesick Texan Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-Off}

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A few weeks ago I received an email from the lovely Heather of girlichef. She wanted to know if I would be interested in participating in Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off for the upcoming cookbook, The Homesick Texan by Lisa Fain.  I jumped at the chance! Not only do I love her blog but I really need to work on my Tex-Mex cooking. I have about zero skill in that area!

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The first recipe I tried from the book was the Austin-Style Black Beans.  I’m a huge bean fan. They have to be one of my favorite foods.  Plus I was sucked in when I saw all the deliciousness that went into these beans – chipotle chiles in adobo, cilantro, lime…yes please!

The beans simmered away and my mouth started to water. I could not wait to give these babies a try! I actually ate a big bowl just for dinner…that’s how delicious they were! I loved the subtle spice the chipotle chiles gave the beans.  It took them from good to great.

*This post is part of The Homesick Texan Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off sponsored by Hyperion and hosted at girlichef*


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Austin-Styple Black Beans

Yield: 1 pot beans

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes


1 lb. dried black beans
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium yellow onion - diced
1 carrot - diced
4 cloves garlic - minced
2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo - chopped
1/2 cup cilantro - divided
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup lime juice
salt, to taste


Rinse and sort through beans, discarding any stones or shriveled beans.

Place beans in a large pot and cover with 1" of water. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes.

Drain and rinse the beans in a colander in the sink.

Return the empty pot to the stove and on medium-low heat, warm the vegetable oil. Add onions and carrots to pot and cook until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook another 30 seconds.

Return beans to the pot along with the chipotles and half of the cilantro. Cover with 2" water, bring to a boil, then turn heat down to low and simmer uncovered for 1½ hours.

Add remaining cilantro, cumin, tomato paste, and lime juice. Season to taste with salt. Cook uncovered for another 30 minutes, or until beans are tender all the way through (will vary depending on the freshness of your beans). When done, smash a few beans against the side of the pot with a spoon to thicken, if you wish. Stir and serve.

This book was offered to me for free by Hyperion but all opinions are my own.

26 Responses to “Austin-Style Black Beans {The Homesick Texan Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-Off}”

  1. #
    Lyndsey — August 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Nice job on the beans. We are fans as well, and this recipe looks so good. I love seeing everybody’s results!

  2. #
    Erica — September 1, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Whay a fantastic reciope! You could use these beans in so many ways (on salads, on a baked potato, in a quesadilla- yum!!

  3. #
    Veronica — September 1, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Wow, those do sound good! I’m glad I’m not the only one eating bowls of hot beans in August! lol

  4. #
    Heather @girlichef — September 1, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I’m such a huge fan of beans, as well…and these are staying in my repertoire (I love the layers of flavor!). Yours turned out beautifully 😀

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

    fantastic! I’m loving all of the fall recipes that are starting to pop up again – chili or bean type dishes are definitely on that list. 🙂

  6. #
    Bo — September 1, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I loved the beans…Yours look great.

  7. #
    Dana — September 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    These sound so delicious and authentic… what a fun opportunity!

  8. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — September 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I could eat a bowl of just these too! They look so tasty!

  9. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    These look like a great side dish! I’ve never made any type of black beans like this.

  10. #
    Joanne — September 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    After seeing these beans on all my favorite blogs, I REALLY want to make them! I’m envisioning them in a really good rice and bean dish…swoon.

  11. #
    foodness gracious — September 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Fantastic looking beans, they taste awesome…
    Thanks for playing…

  12. #
    Kim — September 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I’m automatically a fan of anyone who loves beans like I do. LOL! They’re one of my favorite foods as well. Yours look perfect!

    P.S. I’m thinking I definitely need to make her black bean dip with my leftover beans. It sounds wonderful!

  13. #
    Miranda — September 3, 2011 at 12:42 am

    You said it perfectly – a big bowl of deliciousness!

  14. #
    christy — September 3, 2011 at 2:04 am

    your beans look fabulous…i absolutely LOVED them…and i am a pretty annoying critic. looking forward to more cooking with you!

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    Deb in Hawaii — September 3, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Such a great picture of your beans–I love how creamy they look. I too am a big bean fan and these were so full of flavor. 😉 Great to be cooking along with you. 😉

  16. #
    Erin @ EKat's Kitchen — September 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    YUM! At the request of my husband, we stuck to tacos this time, and I have bean envy now. Great job – looking forward to our next adventure!

  17. #
    Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie — September 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Like you I had a bowl of just these beans for dinner. (I also had a bowl for lunch!) 🙂

    I look forward to cooking along side you for this Spotlight/Cook-off! 🙂

  18. #
    Danielle — September 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    These beans are amazing! (and I’m not a bean fan LOL). Great photo! Looking forward to cooking with you this month 🙂

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    grace — September 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    holy crow, those look delicious! i’m all about black beans, even simply spiced with cumin, but these are above and beyond–well done!

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    vianney/sweet life — September 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    happy to be cooking along with you!! they came out great!!

  21. #
    Cookin' Canuck — September 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I’m really looking forward to checking out Lisa’s book. She always has great recipes on her blog and I’m sure her book is packed with more.

  22. #
    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — September 6, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Your beans turned out fabulous!! This cook-off is so much fun, isn’t it? I’m SO loving it!! 🙂

  23. #
    Jeanette — September 6, 2011 at 7:52 am

    We love black beans in our family, and these Tex-Mex beans sound right up our alley. Must try these soon!


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