Whether you are completely plant-based or just looking to diversify, beans deserve a set at your table. Versatile and eaten all over the world, I kind of think of beans like a protein-rich sponge–they soak up what ever flavors you cook them in. So be creative! Growing up, my fam added meat to beans, but I’ve discovered that with a few super simple tricks, this isn’t necessary for flavor. What are these tricks?
1. Don’t use water, when you can use something more flavorful like stock/broth, beer, or wine.
2. Always cook with aromatics like onions, carrots, pepper, garlic, bay leaf, and acid like orange or lemon.
3. Never skimp on spices, including a wee bit of hot sauce if you roll like that!
The short video below shows you the basics, but feel free to adapt to your own personal tastes/preferences. Enjoy!