Black Bean Tostadas

Set out black beans, Mexican Brown Rice, salsa, guacamole, and other favorite toppings. Let people create their own tostada or burrito. Make extra beans and recycle them into soup, spreads, dips, or casseroles later in the week.

Heat oil in a 4-quart pot or pressure cooker. SauteĢ onion, garlic, and cumin in oil until onions are soft. Add beans, chile, and water to onions and spices; bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer and cook, covered, until beans are tender (50-55 minutes), or use pressure cooker and bring up to pressure for 40-45 minutes. When beans are tender and have absorbed the water, stir in salt, cilantro, and tomatoes.

Bake or heat tortillas (read the instructions on the package). Serve tortillas, beans, and garnishes in separate bowls. Let diners create their own tostadas.

Recipe by Cynthia Lair from Feeding the Whole Family (Sasquatch Books, 2008)