I was left, however, with the detritus of forty-eight broken tacos for which to find a use.
I put on my thinking cap and came up with this. It was a good choice for a Sunday dinner, since I could put it in first thing in the morning, and I didn't have much prep left after church.
Black Bean Stew (for topping chips or rice)
350F, five hours baking time, makes about 5 quarts
- 3 cups dry black beans
- 6 c water
- 1/4 c taco seasoning mix*
- 1 tbs salt
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 medium diced onion
- 1/4 c bacon fat
*I use a homemade taco seasoning mix that has no salt. What I use would equal about two taco seasoning packets, but use less salt, to your taste.
- 1/2 c honey
- 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
- hot sauce to your taste, I used about 1 tbs
- thickening of choice, optional
- toppings such as salsa, sour cream, onions, tomatoes, ...
Soak beans overnight. If desired add 1/4 c whey to soaking water to help "pre-digest" the beans. Rinse several times before cooking.
Add first seven ingredients to a large baking dish or small roasting pan (I used my crockpot insert, I think it holds 6 qts). I crumbled up the beef a little. Bake covered at 350F.
After four hours, or when the beans are soft, add the honey, vinegar and hot sauce. Bake uncovered an additional hour. Acids and sugars will deter the beans from softening correctly, so make sure the beans are cooked before adding them.
If you'd like, thicken before serving.
Serve over rice or chips with whatever toppings you wish.