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Black Beans

January 27, 2014Danita

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When we have Cuban Pork we always serve Black Beans and Yellow Rice.  Black beans are a “staple” in most Latin American cultures but I had never eaten them (or even knew there was such a thing) again, until I met my husband.  At that time I didn’t think I liked beans, but I loved these the first time I had them at his mom’s house.  She had a good recipe but had mentioned she’d like to have a “real Cuban” recipe. 

Shortly after my husband and I got married I was teaching at a Christian school and our Art/Spanish teacher was a very sweet lady whose parents were from Cuba.  I can’t remember the exact reason now, I think my husband and I had gone out of town, and the evening we returned she brought dinner to us.  I have no idea what the meat was, but she brought the most wonderful Black Beans I’d ever had!  Of course, the next day I asked her for the recipe…the highest compliment you can pay a Southern lady.  She was happy to share it with me.  I couldn’t wait to call my mother-in-law and share this “Real Cuban” Black Bean recipe with her!  

Here’s the Recipe:

**The best way to make these is to use dried beans and soak overnight…but I do most often use canned** 

  • 1 cup soaked dried beans (or 1 can black beans)
  • 1 small green pepper
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic (or 1/2 tsp minced from jar)
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1 ham bone or ham hock
*I usually make about 3-4 cans of beans and triple the recipe -except the ham bone

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If using dried bean soak 1 cup beans in 2 cups water overnight

Chop onion and slice pepper 

**This looks like a lot of onion but it cooks down considerably**

Slice pepper into thick slices – removing seeds and ribs

Combine all ingredients into large pot or crock pot and cook

For stove top: Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 1-2 hrs or until tender

For crock pot:  Cook on high 3-4 hrs or low 6 or more

**It’s hard to overcook them in the crock pot**

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White rice is often served with Black Beans…we just like yellow rice

Adding these to Nachos is a GREAT way to use the leftovers!

Black Beans
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup soaked dried beans (or 1 can black beans)
  2. 1 small green pepper
  3. 1 small chopped onion
  4. 1 clove garlic (or 1/2 tsp minced from jar)
  5. 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  6. 1 bay leaf
  7. 3/4 tsp oregano
  8. 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  9. 1/2 tsp salt
  10. dash of pepper
  11. 1 ham bone or ham hock
Instructions
  1. If using dried bean soak 1 cup beans in 2 cups water overnight
  2. Chop onion and slice pepper
  3. Slice pepper into thick slices - removing seeds and ribs
  4. Combine all ingredients into large pot or crock pot and cook
  5. For stove top: Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 1-2 hrs or until tender
  6. For crock pot: Cook on high 3-4 hrs or low 6 or more
Notes
  1. The best way to make these is to use dried beans and soak overnight...but most often I use canned
  2. For 5 of us, I usually make about 3-4 cans of beans and triple the recipe -except the ham bone. We all love these and that gives us leftovers
  3. This recipe calls for A LOT of onions, don't worry, they cook down. Go ahead and add them all
  4. In the crock pot I leave them on low for several hours, it's almost impossible to overcook them this way
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7 Comments

  • jcmcb

    April 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    This looks great! I’ve never heard of yellow rice before!

    1. Danita

      April 24, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      It’s really good. I don’t really like it by itself but it’s great with beans. I “cheat” and use the bag mix…Vigo is our favorite

  • lydiaf1963

    April 24, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Whenever we can, we’ll eat in a Cuban restaurant. I love the yellow rice and beans…and the platanos and of course the pork 🙂

    1. Danita

      April 24, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      We LOVE Cuban restaurants! My husband grew up in Florida so every time we would visit our first stop would be for Cuban Sandwiches, then to a Cuban restaurant at least once before having to head home. It’s been years since we’ve been, we miss it!

  • Jennifer B

    January 28, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    I made Cuban Black Beans on my blog too. High five!!

    1. Danita

      January 29, 2014 at 6:13 AM

      You know what they say about “great minds” Jennifer. I was checking out your blog and noticed you are in Tampa, that’s where my husband grew up…eating black beans and Cuban Pork. I love it down there! Thanks for stopping by!

  • fuller255

    January 28, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Yum! I am pinning to my Food and Drink to Make.

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