Thursday, August 4, 2011

Gaucho Beans

I was looking for something to serve with a South American-inspired marinated and grilled steak last night, and came across several references to Gaucho beans. This recipe was the inspiration for what turned out to be a lovely, fresh-tasting bean dish. As I know very little about South American cuisine, no claims to authenticity are made. But, given the success of last night's dinner, I'm looking forward to checking out more Brazilian and Columbian recipes.
Gaucho Beans
  • 3 slices of uncooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
  • 3 large carrots, grated
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 15-ounce cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 medium tomatoes, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  1. In a dutch oven, fry the bacon over medium heat until it has rendered its fat and starts to crisp. Use a slotted spoon to remove it to a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the onions, green onions and carrot to the dutch oven and saute over medium heat until the vegetables soften and begin to brown.
  3. Add the garlic and continue to saute for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the bacon, beans, broth, Worcestershire, and cumin to the dutch oven. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper to the beans. Simmer for about another 10 minutes, check the seasonings, and serve.
Yield: 6 servings Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes

The bacon and cumin infused smokiness while the carrots and tomato added a bright, fresh element to the beans. The dish was the perfect compliment to our Beer-marinated Flank Steak with Aji and the leftover Tomatillo & Avocado Salsa. You don't have to be making a South American-inspired dinner to make these beans though. They would go well with any almost any kind of grilled meat or pork.


Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Yum, such a nice healthy bean recipe. I like that it's not full of sugar. So many bean recipes seem to add sugar.

Lynn said...

The Gaucho beans are a lot lighter and fresher than most other hot bean dishes.