1 (1-pound) package Black Beans
6 cups water
3 tablespoons butter or oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
3 ribs celery, diced
1 large onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons salt or seasoned salt to taste
3 tablespoons vinegar
Rinse and sort beans.
Put six cups of water in large pot, cover, and bring to a boil. While water is heating, start step three.
Add butter or oil to a heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add peppers, celery, and onions. Cook until onions are translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and salt, reduce the heat to medium, and cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add beans and boiling water to vegetable and seasoning mixture. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, or until beans reach desired tenderness.
Add vinegar, stir, taste for seasoning, and adjust to your liking.
In a slow cooker, mix together all ingredients except for the rice and shrimp.
Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, or 3 to 4 hours on high. Halfway through cooking, add the rice. 40 minutes before serving, stir in the shrimp. Continue to cook for the remaining 40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the shrimp and has turned pink, then before serving remove bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with slices of lime, and add Tabasco sauce if desired.
Shredded Monterrey Jack cheese (optional)
Broken tortilla chips (optional)
In a Crock Pot combine the drained beans, chicken, onion, sweet pepper, jalapeno peppers, garlic, cumin, salt, and oregano. Stir in chicken broth. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Ladle soup into bowls. Top each serving with some cheese and tortilla chips, if desired. Makes 8 servings.