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2 cups dried black beans
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
2 cups diced tomatoes
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
salt & pepper to taste


1. Soak beans overnight (or for at least 6 hours) in 6-8 cups of water.

2. After soaking, drain water and rinse beans; heat large pot on medium heat.

3. Add oil and sauté chopped onion, celery and garlic for 2 minutes; add tomatoes and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

4. Add rinsed black beans, thyme, cayenne pepper, cumin and cinnamon to sautéed vegetables.

5. Add water and honey, increase heat and let simmer covered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours; stirring occasionally.

6. Add more hot water if necessary; add salt and pepper to taste.




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