Cuban black beans

    1 hour 50 min

    Try this hearty and fragrant combination of black beans, spices, a splash of balsamic vinegar and vegetables. Great with plain rice or even on a jacket potato.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 (500g) pack dried black turtle beans, washed
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 red pepper, chopped
    • 1 green pepper, chopped
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
    • 2 minced green or Scotch bonnet chillies
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

    1. In a large bowl, soak beans in water to cover overnight.
    2. Rinse beans, and transfer to a large stockpot. Add onion, peppers, bay leaves, paprika, cumin, oregano and chillies, along with water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
    3. Test beans for tenderness, and when tender add garlic and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


    Black turtle beans, or simply 'black beans' for short, are especially common in Latin American cuisine. High in fibre and packed with nutrients, they're a healthy addition to any dish. If you want to save some time, use tinned black beans instead of dried.

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    Something else. Vinegar is optional and is really only used in some regions of Cuba. My family also does not use chillies. Cuban cooking does not normally use hot spices. Instead the key is to use garlic and salt to your tastes....beans are great the next day so I tend to make them the day before I need them. The flavour seems to concentrate. Additionally, I like to boil the beans and in a separate pan, I sweat the onions, oil and other spices and add the pre-cooked items to the beans -- I think it improves the flavour.  -  24 Jul 2008


    Altered ingredient amounts. I used way more garlic -- I did not use the vinegar. we LOVED this meal -- it was inexpensive & lasted our little family 4 days.  -  24 Jul 2008


    Altered ingredient amounts. I boiled my black beans in my slow cooker for 3 hours, then rinsed and drained and added them to a pot with ingredients. I didn't add the chillies and I used one tablespoon of cumin. Cooked for another hour. This is one of my husbands favourite meals. We love this with a Pork roast.  -  24 Jul 2008