Do future you a favor: Cook a big batch of Tex-Mex beans, stash it in your freezer and stir up one of these six quick dinners... whenever!

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Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito

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prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Yield:
Makes 13 cups
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high. Add the onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and jalapeño; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 1 minute. 

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  • Stir in the beans, stock, 1 tbsp. salt and 1 1/2 tsp. pepper and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the flavors meld, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime zest. Let cool completely before storing.

  • And... Freeze: Portion the beans and liquid into freezer bags labeled by recipe: 1 1/2 cups (salad), 1 cup (stuffed chicken), 1 1/2 cups (burgers), 3 cups (soup), 3 cups (tacos) and 3 cups (steak). Freeze up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight or microwave on defrost 5 to 7 minutes. 

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