Ultimate Bean Recipe!

Here is our family’s favorite way of preparing beans. We usually make this recipe once a month and then freeze the leftovers to use in a variety of recipes, such as in our black bean tortillas with mango lime salsa recipe. Beans are a relatively cheap protein and easy to store in bulk. To save extra money, we typically buy them in bulk from Azure Standard or Amazon.

Ultimate Bean Recipe!**


  • 3 cups black turtle beans
  • 1 cup of black-eyed peas
  • warm water
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 8 cloves of fresh garlic, mashed or chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • Optional: 2 lbs of hamburger meat, cooked

Step One: Soak the beans. Place 3 cups of the black turtle beans and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice in a bowl and cover with warm water. In a separate bowl, place one cup of black-eyed peas in a bowl and cover with warm water. Let the beans soak for 12 to 24 hours.

Step Two: After 12 to 24 hours has passed, drain and rinse the beans. Mix the two types of beans together and place in a large pot. Cover with water and cook on high heat. When beans begin to boil, scoop any foam off the top of the water. Reduce the heat and add onions, garlic, and optional hamburger meat. Season with salt and pepper and any other seasonings you prefer*. Cook for six to eight hours on low heat. Enjoy!

*Remember, if  you are intending to use these beans for other recipes be sure not to add in any seasonings that will adversely affect the flavor of those other recipes.
**Recipe adapted from Basic Beans Recipe in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

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