Stewed beans are a staple in Belizean households! Delicious and perfect comfort food, they can be enjoyed on their own or added to a most fantastic rice and beans dish!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Belizean, Latin American
Keyword: beans, stewedbeans
1lbdried red kidney beansI used Camellia brand - no overnight soaking required
1ham hockor 2 small ham hocks
1tbspSazonador Totalby Goya, plus additional to taste
salt to taste
Heat olive oil on med high in a stockpot. Add minced garlic and onion, and constantly stir for around 3 minutes.
Add beans, ham hock, Sazonador Total Seasoning, bay leaves, and chicken broth to the garlic and onion. Add only enough chicken broth to cover the beans by about 2 inches. If you don't have enough chicken broth, then add water.
Bring to the boil, then reduce to simmering for around 1.5 hrs. Check every so often to ensure that beans are not drying out...if drying out add a little more chicken broth or water so that the beans are always covered.
After 1.5 hrs, check for tenderness. If tender, then add the cilantro and stir, then add salt to taste. If desired, add a little more of the Sazonador Total for additional delicious flavor.
Enjoy delicious Belizean Stewed Beans as a side dish with any meal! Even better, add it to a rice and enjoy a taste of a dish that defines traditional Belizean food. :-)