Cuban Black Beans

It has been a long, long time since I had real Cuban black beans. The last time was in Tampa, and I remember it like yesterday. Tasty, tender (but not mushy) beans in a broth that is a little thicker than a traditional soup.

These Cuban black beans are just like the great beans I enjoyed over 20 years ago. They are so good that they could easily be enjoyed as a meal by themselves.

Cuban Black Beans

Everything about these beans is fantastic. The house smelled terrific while they cooked slowly on the stovetop. Every bowl was a bowl of bean happiness. Really.

Also try my slow-cooked lima beans.

Cuban Black Beans

These Cuban black beans are just like the great beans I enjoyed over 20 years ago. They are so good that they could easily be enjoyed as a meal by themselves.
Course Side
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 16 hours
Servings 12
Calories 287kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

The night before

  • Rinse the beans and add to a large pot.
  • Add enough water to cover the beans by an inch and let soak overnight.

The next day

  • Add one onion, quartered.
  • Add one pepper, quartered.
  • Add 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Add 3 bay leaves.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon pepper.
  • Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of cumin.
  • Add enough water to again cover the beans by an inch.
  • Bring to a boil and let boil for 5 minutes.
  • Reduce to a simmer and let simmer for 2 1/2 hours or until the beans are longer hard but aren’t mushy, checking the water level on occasion.
  • Remove the now almost dissolved vegetables to a blender or food processor and puree until a thick paste forms. Add back to the pot and stir.
  • Add the remaining bay leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue simmering.
  • Add 1/4 cup of olive oil to a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the remaining onion (chopped) and bell pepper (also chopped) and cook until starting to soften.
  • Add the remaining 4 cloves of garlic (minced) and remaining 1 teaspoon of cumin. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Remove from heat and then add to the pot of beans.
  • Continue simmering the beans for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. The beans should be tender and the broth should be thick.

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 1258mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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