Spicy Bean Sauce
Spicy bean sauce is a very traditional Brazilian recipe that is commonly served as a side dish for feijoada. It's great to add some spiciness to dishes such as grilled meats, rice and beans, burritos, tacos, and stir fry noodles, but it also works as a dipping sauce for chips and vegetables! The black beans can be replaced with any kind of beans you prefer, just as the lard can be replaced with olive oil. This recipe was created as an homage to my son Antônio, that in the countryside of Minas Gerais, Brazil, can also be called “Tonho”. Because of that, I also call this recipe "Pototonho Sauce", a wordplay on "Molho Para o Tonho" that can be roughly translated as “Sauce For Tonho”.
Trim, peel, and chop ½ of a medium onion into small pieces
Trim, peel, and thinly slice 1 garlic clove
Cut 1 small red chili in half. Remove the seeds and thinly slice it
Add the garlic and 1tbsp of lard to a warm pan. Sautée over medium heat
Add the onion and let it sweat until translucent
Add the red chili and let it sweat until aromatic
Add 1 cup of cooked black beans, including the liquid, and 1 cup of water. Mix and cook for 5m until it starts to boil
Season with salt to taste and stir. Turn off the heat
Transfer to a blender and blend on high speed until smooth. If necessary, add more water to obtain the desired consistency
Transfer to a serving bowl. The spicy bean sauce is ready
Enjoy! This versatile sauce goes really well with grilled meats, but can also be used to add a spicy kick to a burrito!
Yield 2 cups
Cooked Black Bean1 cup
Small Red Chili1