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Island Beans

Creamy beans with chunks of chorizo and the essence of garlic.

  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 pound dried Spanish chorizo sausage, finely chopped
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 small chili pepper, finely minced
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 pound dried black beans
  • 10 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sausage and brown for 2 minutes. Add the onions and peppers, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and black beans, and cook for 1 minute. Add the stock and bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the beans are creamy and tender, about 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in the butter and reseason with salt and pepper.