Very Simple Black Beans (Caraotas Negras)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 35 mins

These beans cook down and creat a thick, rich sauce. Good to serve over rice or arepas. From Cooking Light.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper to pan; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in sugar, garlic, black pepper, and cumin; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Stir in 1 cup water and beans; bring to a boil. Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, and stir in vinegar.
Most Helpful

I like the undertone flavor the red pepper gave the beans. I made as written and don't think I'd change anything. I'm going to use mine wrapped in tortillas tonight. Made for ZWT - Central & South America

Charlotte J June 08, 2011

I would also add additional seasonings as the beans were only mildly seasoned as the recipe is written. Very simple to make, as promised.

iris5555 July 06, 2008

Very east and tasty. I may increase the seasonings a bit next time (personal preference). The beans were served over brown rice. Made for ZWT4 P.S. I've just had the leftovers for dinner and these beans are even better the next day.

Dreamer in Ontario June 19, 2008