Black Bean Pottage

READY IN: 3hrs 30mins
Recipe by Wineaux

After trying many recipes for Frijoles Negros, we've decided that this is by far our favorite! It's more time-consuming than some other recipes, but well worth the effort. Prep time does not include time to soak the beans.

Top Review by full tummies

This is truly amazing stuff--definitely a case where the sum is greater than the parts. We like it with more salt (up to 4 teaspoons) since we serve it over rice as a main dish. I've made it with and without the wine--good either way.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pick over beans, discarding any shriveled ones or foreign particles.
  2. Wash well and soak overnight in water, covering generously.
  3. Drain beans, rinse in fresh ater and drain again.
  4. Place in a large pot 8 cups water.
  5. Bring to a rapid boil, reduce heat to moderate, cover, and cook for 45 minutes.
  6. In a skillet, heat 2/3 cup olive oil and saute garlic, 2 onions and chili peppers for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add to skillet 1 cup of the boiled beans and mash thoroughly to blend with rest or ingredients in the skillet.
  8. Add this mixture to the pot of beans.
  9. Add the salt, pepper, oregano, sugar, bay leaves and cumin.
  10. Cover and boil for 1 hour on moderate heat.
  11. Add wine and vinegar.
  12. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 hour.
  13. Uncover and cook until sauce thickens to taste.
  14. Serve in individual bowls, garnishing with 1/2 cup chopped onions.

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