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Summer Black Beans are slow simmered creamy, garlicky black beans with smoky ham hocks and a hint of orange citrus flavor.

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Servings: 8


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  • 1 pound dried black beans, rinsed and picked over
  • 10 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 medium yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 1 orange, rinsed and sliced in half (will be using juice)
  • 1 ham bone or smoked ham hock
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Hot sauce, if desired


  1. In a large pot over high heat, place the beans and enough water to cover them by 4 inches. Add the garlic and onion. Squeeze the juice from the orange halves into the pot and then throw in the oranges, ham hock and olive oil into the pot also. Cover and bring to a boil, then uncover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2½ hours, stirring occasionally, until beans are completely tender. If the beans seem dry and start to show too much on top, add more water (a cup or so).
  2. Remove the oranges and ham hock. Roughly chop the ham meat still on the bone and return the meat to the pot. Increase the heat to medium and stir for 10 minutes, adding the garlic powder, onion powder, and then salt and pepper to taste. Serve with hot sauce, if desired.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 87g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 225  
Calories from Fat 22 10%
Total Fat 2.54g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.46g 2%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Potassium 896mg 26%
Total Carbs 39.14g 10%
Dietary Fiber 9.2g 31%
Sugars 2.46g 2%
Protein 12.79g 20%


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