Rancher's Beans

Throw open the cupboard doors and discover the power of the pantry.  Rancher's Beans, a simple creation of canned beans and canned tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic and Southwestern spices melding into a quite delicious and soul-satisfying meal.

In most of life's work, systems help us to function at our best.  Systems allow us to eliminate roadblocks that inhibit us from doing a good job, or, from tackling the job at all.  And nowhere is this truer than in the kitchen.  Here,  having a few good systems in place can make a positive difference in our daily lives, as this one room is the primary source of our physical and spiritual nourishment.   SimplyCooking®  is one such system--a guideline of ingredients for stocking the pantry and a collection of recipes that use them. With a few cans of beans, canned tomatoes, an onion, pepper and basic spices, you have the ingredients for a hearty winter meal made simply.  That's power.

rancher's beans

1 Tbsp. grape seed oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green or red pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 - 15 oz. cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 - 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 - 15 oz. can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 - 15 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup molasses
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taske
hot pepper sauce (optional)

Heat oil in a 4 quart pot or casserole.  Add onion, pepper and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes.  Add beans, tomatoes and all seasonings.  Gently combine and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.  Serve immediately or cover and cook over low heat for up to 1 hour.  The flavors will continue to develop.  Season with hot sauce, if desired, for heat.

Serve over brown rice, pasta or couscous.  Excellent with cornbread.