Cuban Beans and Rice

Cuban Beans and Rice
1 pound dried black beans
2 cups water
2 cups organic vegetable broth
2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 cups chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons sherry or red wine vinegar
2 (10-ounce) cans diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained
5 cups hot cooked rice
Hot sauce (optional)
1. Sort and wash beans; place in a large bowl. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; cover and let stand 8 hours. Drain beans.
2. Place beans, 2 cups water, and next 10 ingredients (through oregano) in an electric slow cooker; stir well. Cover and cook on HIGH for 5 hours or until beans are tender. Stir in vinegar and tomatoes. Serve over rice. Sprinkle with hot sauce, if desired.

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