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.
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.
Combine all ingredients except onion in bowl, rub onto pork. Place onions and pork into crock pot. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours. Shred pork with 2 forks, add BBQ sauce if preferred. Cook on low additional 30-45 minutes with BBQ Sauce.