SXSW 2014 Preview: 5 Things I Can't Wait For

Active time: 45 minutes

Total time: 15 hours

Serves: 8–12


  • 1 lb. dried black beans
  • 2 heads garlic, peeled
  • Kosher salt
  • 2/3 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 onion


  1. Sort through the beans and remove any that are cracked or look like little rocks. Rinse the beans with cold water 3 times and transfer to a large pot. Cover with cold water; the ratio of water to beans should be 3 to 1. Soak at room temperature overnight.
  2. The next day, bring the pot of beans to a light boil over medium-low heat. Reduce the heat to low and let the beans simmer for 3 hours, skimming off any slightly purple foam from the top as they cook. Stir every hour to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom. During the third hour of cooking, use a slotted spoon to crush the beans against the side of the pot. You want about 80 percent of the beans crushed.
  3. Now it’s time to make the secret sauce. Roughly chop the garlic and transfer to a mortar. Add a sprinkling of salt and grind together with the mortar and pestle to form a paste. Heat the oil over medium heat in a skillet and add the garlic paste. As this cooks, dice the onion and add to the pan. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring to prevent burning. Transfer the mixture into the pot with the beans, stir, and simmer until you're ready to eat. Season with salt to taste.

Don't forget to follow along on Twitter & Instagram by checking out the #LatinaSXSW tag for the latest in my adventures--and of course come back next week to check out the behind-the-scenes acces to what happened at SXSW. 

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Irina Gonzalez,

An NYC-based journalist, web editor, and food writer, she started her career with an internship at Latina magazine while receiving her bachelor’s at New York University. Her work has appeared in Time Out New York,,,,, and more. When she’s not checking out the latest taco restaurant in New York City, scouring for the best tapas in Barcelona, or dreaming of visiting Alex Atala’s restaurant in Brazil, she’s blogging about her favorite recipes, healthy eating tips and maintaining her 100 pound weight loss on You can always find her on Twitter (@msirinagonzalez) & Instagram (@msirinagonzalez) talking about her latest delicious meal.

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