Okay. Okay. This post must be fronted with a little story. Several weekends ago, my daughter and I walked into this taqueria that is mostly a bar…but during the day it serves tacos. I ordered a cotija cheese taco, marinated (non-spicy) chicken taco, a black bean taco, and a mariscos diablado taco. After an odd mistake, we received a gigantic bowl of black beans topped with cotija cheese instead of a black bean taco. No big deal…I love smashed up black beans and salty cheese. Oh Good. Only one problem. My child loathes beans. Loathes loathes loathes.
Actually. her words were, "I'd rather eat dog poop." This, coming from a very intelligent four-year-old…telling me that she'd rather eat shit than black beans. Or brown beans, red beans, green beans…get my point? I have actually made a habit of omitting the word beans from my own vocabulary. But wait, there's more. The little monster is a liar and deep down inside she loves beans. This is her way of exerting control over her life. How do I know? Because I'm her mother and I am SMARTER than she is. Because the other nigh,t I made her a bean and cheese burrito and called it tofu. So I know.
The bowl of black was warm, delicious. I didn't say a word. I just took a bite. And knowing her and her need to know everything, I kept silent. I just kept on eating those beans. Finally, she looked over mid-chicken taco bite and said, "What is that?"
"I don't know, but it is delicious." I said. And within seconds, the girl was practically drinking the bowl. At last, I looked over at her and, "Those are black beans." She went mean in the face. Like a lion who has just had her kill taken from her. And then she said, "You see I told you that I've always liked black beans." Liar.
She asked me to make them again.
Mom 1, Child 4,500
This led to the recipe that I am about to divulge. It is simple. It is delicious. It can be done in a crock-pot or on the stove. The best part is that children love it. I love it. I made the black beans thick enough that they can be wrapped into a tortilla, spooned into a bowl, or dipped with freshly baked corn tortilla chips. I prefer to layer them in a bowl over roasted corn, and topped with avocado and cotija. Mmm.
You need to start this recipe in the morning and it will be done by dinnertime. I promise. If you aren't lucky enough to work from home, please use a crockpot to make these beans. Otherwise, I would cook them on the stove.
Serve with tortillas, avocado, corn, rice, whatever you like. These beans would be perfect for a taco salad casserole...