Wow! My husband can't stop talking about how good these beans are. He's right! They're really great. I made a batch of them today to bring to a pot-luck at a friend's house (and served them along with a pot of plain white rice). They were a big hit at the dinner. I was a little apprehensive about adding tomato paste, but think about it - one little 6 oz. can of tomato paste in a pound of black beans isn't really that much. I hardly noticed it. I didn't have a green bell pepper, but I did have some small red, orange, and yellow peppers so I threw them in instead. I was also frying bacon for some potato salad and didn't know what to do with the leftover grease... so I added it to the beans - WHOA! That really works. I didn't measure how much bacon grease I added, but I'd guess around 1/4 cup. Oh yeah, one more change. I didn't have time to soak the beans overnight before cooking so I ended up adding an extra six cups water and cooked the beans about 4 hours. Whenever the beans looked like they had absorbed almost all the water, I added two more cups. I ended up doing this three times.
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Wow! My husband can't stop talking about how good these beans are. He's right! They're really...