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Coconut Black Beans

What you need: 

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 large cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 cup chopped white onion
2 to 3 whole dried chilies (use which ever is your favorite)
2 teaspoons cumin
1 (15-ounce) can coconut milk
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans or 1/2 (16-ounce) package dried beans
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1 mango sliced
1 avocado sliced

What you do: 

1. In a medium sauce pan, heat a little bit of vegetable oil. Add the garlic and onions; simmer on low for a few minutes.
2. Add the chili peppers and the cumin.
3. Pour in the can of coconut milk and let all the ingredients mix together.
4. Rinse and drain the black beans and add to the mix. Salt and pepper to taste. (If you are using dried beans, prepare them as per the package and cook separately for 45 minutes before starting the rest of the mix.)
5. Let beans simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. While they are simmering, cut up the avocado and mango and place in a bowl on the table. (The mango and avocado should be eaten with the beans. I place them right on top. The sweetness of the mango and buttery texture of the avocado complement the spiciness of the beans.) The mix will be soupy. Serve in bowls Best with tortillas. ENJOY!!!

Preparation Time: 
25 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

DEAR GOD THE COMBINATION OF AVOCADO AND MANGO IS LIKE A SATURDAY MORNING TURNED INTO FOOD AND PUT IN MY MOUTH!  As for the filling, it's boring without the fruit in it.  I took other's suggestions and added a bunch more cumin, cinnamin, brown sugar.  I used light coconut milk, might have worked better with regular.  Also I browned 16oz of tofu, cubed and put in about 10 minutes before I added the beans.  Also I added 3 cans of beans.  I then cooked it down until it wasn't liquidy at all, the extra beans and tofu absorbed a lot.  Ez and tasty.

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we really liked this recipe. we added more spices and served it over rice. i like the soupyness of it when the rice is added--otherwise it is more like soup (but it would be a tasty soup if you added a touch more liquid). the mango and avocado really make this dish special.

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I agree with less coconut milk.  I also added the cinnamon and to bring it all together:  orange zest (during cooking). 

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This was a good starting recipe, although I found it to be bland with the listed amount of spices and flavors and decided to modify it.  Aside from the cumin, I added lots of cajun and chile powder, turmeric and paprika, and even a little thyme and nutmeg.  The end result was delicious and I'm still happy with this recipe, I just thought it needed a little tweaking for more flavor.  The avocado and mango were great additions.

Thank you, I'll be making this again.

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This is an awesome recipe! A wonderful blending of flavors. I did make a couple of modifications. I did not have whole dried chilies, so I used cayenne to taste. I also added brown rice to make it less soupy. Made an excellent burrito filling. I used dried beans and (after soaking overnight) cooked them with 1 cup brown rice and 2.5 cups water for 30 minutes (when rice and beans were almost done,  but still a little firm). After 30 minutes I set aside and cooked the remaining ingredients as directed. I returned the rice and beans to the pot with the coconut milk mixture and simmered for another 15-20 minutes until all liquid was absorbed. Delicious! A word of warning, cooking the rice with the beans turned the rice purple, but saved a pot. They could be cooked separately, if one wished.

Thanks for the great recipe!

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Thanks a lot. I will try those measurements.

I don't live in America, and here (Denmark) I see coconut cans in two sizes and packages of beans in many more sizes.

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Not my recipe, but 2-14 oz. cans is about 1/2 of a 1 lb. package of beans, so I would guess it's that measurement. Coconut milk almost always comes in the 14 or 15 oz. cans, at least here in the States, so that's what I would guess.

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One thing I really hate in a recipe is when amounts are given in cans or packages.

Like in this recipe it says "2 cans of black beans or 1/2 package of dried beans" and "1 can of coconut milk"

That is useless since cans and packages comes in many sizes. There is no such thing as a standard size.

Please always give amounts in weight or volume.

Besides that I must say the recipe sounds like I would like it a lot. I will try it tomorrow.

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