Guatemalan Red Beans with Chorizo
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Guatemalan
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Serves: 12
These traditional beans are a versatile protein to have on hand. A little spicy and packed with flavor, these chorizo beans are very filling. Freezes well.
  • 1 pound red beans, picked over, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 1 whole head of garlic
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and scored
  • salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ pound chorizo, sliced into a diagonal (optional)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup tomatoes, about 2 large, diced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground chili
  • crema to serve
  1. Put beans, head of garlic and whole onion in a pot, cover with water by two inches and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn heat down and simmer for one and half to two hours, until beans are very soft. Add salt to taste (I added about two teaspoons sea salt).
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a saute pan and saute chorizo with onion and garlic, about five minutes (if omitting chorizo, just fry onions and garlic in oil).
  4. Add tomatoes, cumin and ground chili, cook over medium heat for five minutes to break down tomatoes.
  5. Add to red beans and simmer for another twenty minutes. Adjust salt to taste and serve with crema.
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