Photography: WILLIAM MEPPEM

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2006

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Coarse salt
  • Cilantro leaves (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and red-pepper flakes; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add black beans and 1 cup water.

  2. Bring to a simmer; cook, covered, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. (Add more water for a thinner consistency if necessary.) Season with coarse salt, and garnish with cilantro leaves, if desired. Serve immediately.

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