California Style Red Beans

This is similar to Cuban style black beans - except the flavourings use a chili powder base, instead of curry powder.

Only rinse the beans twice, to make sure they are clean - then stash in refrigerator, in water, while you prepare the other ingredients. No soaking overnight - and no repeated rinsing, and removing all of the flavour.

  • 1 lb dried red beans
  • 1 - 2 carrots, well scrubbed and chopped, 1/4" sections
  • 2 - 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped, 1/2" squares
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1 sweet pepper, chopped
  • 2 cubes / 2 t bouillon
  • 2 bay leaves, whole
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 t Kashmiri chili powder
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • 1/2 t mustard
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/4 t tumeric
  • 1 6oz can tomato sauce


  1. Rinse beans, twice, in large bowl. Let them sit in the refrigerator, in water, while you prepare the vegetables.
  2. When vegetables are ready, dump beans and water - un drained - into a large pot.
  3. Add vegetables, and enough water to make everything float.
  4. Bring water to a boil, and add spices.
  5. Reduce to simmer, cover, and let them cook. 2 hours gives me what I like.
  6. When beans are soft enough to eat without chewing, they are ready.
  7. Turn off stove, uncover, let them sit until they are cool enough to enjoy.
  8. Serve over Bengali style sesame mint rice, with sourdough bread. Garnish / mix with mango salsa.
  9. Refrigerated over night, they are even more tasty.
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