My favorite place ever to get beans is at the Rancho Gordo market. (You can order online, but in person is so much more inspiring.) You look around and there is a sea of white, yellow, purple, red, black, so many varieties of beans, all different sizes and colors. They have definitely used their canvas to the full. Add to this the smell of the beans they have slow cooking for you to try, and a trip to this store is an experience. Not only that, but they have spices that aren’t at the grocery store.
Everything is imported when it is very fresh, from Mexico, and they are the most pristine beans you have ever seen!
I always go for my favs, but every time, I try to venture out to try something unfamiliar and slightly scary to broaden my horizons.
Needless to say, I was more than a little hesitant when I saw these beautiful purple beans called “ayocote morado”. They are gigantic, which was scary, but I tried them and they are a wonderful meaty beans, perfect for us of the vegan persuasion. ☺️
They have such an amazing, complex flavor, they don’t require much fuss.
Here is a nice recipe for tacos, or any other place you want to add protein, perhaps a taco salad, whatever strikes your fancy. The above picture is of my husband’s vegetarian nachos (beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, avocado and greek yogurt), but they will taste great as a meat replacement with or without dairy products 😉 They would also taste great with the addition of vegan sour cream: https://theinternationalveggie.com/recipes/appetizers-and-condiments/macadamia-nut-cream/.
1 lb. Ayocote Morado beans
11-12 cups Imagine Low Sodium No-Chicken Broth (or the broth of your choice
1 tsp Mrs. Dash Original
1/2 Mexican (or american 😉) oregano
2 bay leaves
Salt, if desired, to taste
Combine above ingredients in a dutch oven (large pot) and bring to boil. Then reduced to low-medium heat to a gentle rolling boil and cook until tender, 3 1/2-4 hrs. Stir occasionally and make sure beans have enough liquid, if not, add more (start with 11 cups).
Add salt, if desired. They’ll be great either way.