Posted 12/12/2008 10:41:32 AM
Disappointing. I followed the recipe almost exactly (my only change was to soak the dried beans in cool water overnight), and neither my husband nor I wanted to finish our portions. It was very bland, and even after 8.5 hours on high the beans were still on the firm side. The spices seemed to be diluted by all the extra liquid that doesn't get eaten (there was WAY too much liquid. I should have started with 3 cups of broth instead of water and added more if needed), and at the end I had to add a bunch of garlic powder and pepper sauce to add any flavor at all. The onion and cilantro garnishes made this tolerable for one night, but I'll try to make something else with the leftovers (it makes a ton of food). I don't remove the cover of my crock pot to stir very often, so I know it was not a matter of not keeping the crock hot enough, and all of my spices and other ingredients were fresh and of good quality, so I don't think this could have been "user error". It's just not a good recipe. Sorry.