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Esteban's Black Beans

Make this Tonight - "A Mexican-Inspired Game Day Meal"

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed by hand
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and roughly chopped into ¼” pieces
  • 2 cans black beans (do not drain)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 bunch cilantro, leaves and stems, plus extra leaves for garnish
  • ½ cup ricotta, plus extra for garnish


  1. Heat olive oil in a saute pan and saute onions, garlic, and jalapeño together until the onions are golden (about 5 minutes.)
  2. Add the beans and their liquid to the pan along with the cinnamon and cumin.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes to cook down the liquid.
  5. Pour everything in the pan into a blender.
  6. Add the cilantro and ½ cup of ricotta to the blender and blend until smooth.
  7. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  8. Garnish with a dollop of ricotta and cilantro leaves. Can be served hot or cold.