Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs 27 mins
This is my Mother's favorite black bean recipe. I think she got it from an old Cuban cookbook. Her note is: "flavorful!" Cooking time doesn't include soaking time.
- 1 lb dried black beans
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 10 cups water
- 2⁄3 cup olive oil
- 1 large onion, minced
- 1 green bell pepper, minced
- 4 garlic cloves, pounded
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 tablespoons wine
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Wash beans.
- In a large pot, soak the beans with the first chopped bell pepper in water until swollen. Overnight?.
- **It doesn't say so but I'd drain it at this point and add new water so the beans won't be so musical if you know what I mean.**.
- Cook until soft about 45 minutes.
- Heat oil in a medium pan. Add onion, second bell pepper and garlic and cook until soft.
- Add 1 cup of cooked beans and mash them well. Add mixture to bean pot.
- Add dry seasonings to the pot.
- Cover and boil 1 hour.
- Add vinegar and wine.
- Cover and simmer 1 hour.
- If broth is too watery, uncover and cook until it thickens.
- Just before serving stir in the olive oil.
I've made these multiple times, once with no changes, and the other times, I reduce the olive oil to 1/4 cup and reduce salt to 2 teaspoons, for lower fat and sodium. It tastes just as good with these adjustments. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!
I have tried several Cuban Black Bean recipes and this was by far the best! It got rave reviews at home and an empty bowl at a potluck. I like to rate recipes for themselves without changes, but just as an FYI, I did use a red bell pepper and half the oil, and they were still incredible!
Delicious. I've never had Cuban Black Beans, but these were great. I added chopped carrots, and skipped the wine. The vinegar was great - I tried it before and after - definitely better after. It rounds out the flavor with slightly sweet notes, and brings out the other flavors. I added salt until it tasted right, but it was definitely less than 4 Tbs. (maybe 1-2 tsp). Wonderful served as a vegetarian meal, with some rice. Also very good wrapped in a tortilla.