These beans are awesome. They make a great side dish, or add a side of cornbread, and a salad or rice for a complete meal. Any other dried beans such as Pinto Beans can be used in this recipe.
1 - 1 pound package of black beans cleaned and rinsed
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 clove of garlic
6 slices of bacon
1 medium onion diced
Place beans in large pot cover with 2 quarts of water bring to boil, after beans come to boil cover with lid and turn of heat. Let set for 1 hour. After 1 hour drain and rinse beans, cover with 2 quarts cold water, add garlic and bay leaf bring to boil reduce heat to medium high and cook for 2 hours or until tender. I've had beans be done in 2 hours and sometimes take 5 hours. Check beans often stirring and adding water as needed, once beans reach desired tenderness, add bacon mixture, and cook for another 30 minutes. Enjoy
While beans are cooking slice bacon into 1/2 inch pieces add to pan and cook until crisp, remove bacon from pan with slotted spoon drain grease and add chopped onion to pan, cook 3 - 4 minutes
add diced tomatoes and cook for 3 more minutes, add bacon and remove from heat, and set aside.