Cuban Black Beans
Enjoy these flavorful black beans over rice, grains, baked sweet potatoes, or wrapped in a burrito. Blend to make soup. Top with chopped fresh vegetables and herbs as desired. So much better than canned beans! Gluten free, dairy free, and vegan.
Servings Prep Time
10servings 25minutes
Servings Prep Time
10servings 25minutes
  1. Pick through beans, removing any stones or twigs, and rinse well. Put beans, salt, and water in a slow cooker or a medium pot on the stove, stir, and cover. Soak beans for up to twelve hours if you have time. Soaking for even a few hours saves cooking time and energy. Add onion, garlic, and spices just before you turn on the heat. You can add the bell peppers now too if you like, but I wait so they keep their shape better. See my master recipe and video on how to cook dried beans to find the right mix of cooking styles and soaking to fit your schedule.
  2. About an hour before the beans should be done, bite a few to check for tenderness. When beans give but are still crispy, stir bell peppers into beans. Cover and simmer for another hour, until beans and peppers are tender.
  3. Remove bay leaves. Serve over rice or sweet potatoes, wrap in a burrito, or whirl into a soup. Optionally, top with diced tomatoes, peppers, Creamy Cilantro Dressing, or salsa. Keeps refrigerated for a week or frozen for a year.
Recipe Notes
  • You can cook Cuban Black Beans in a pressure cooker too, with or without soaking. Put beans and all other ingredients in the pressure cooker. Cook following the manufacturer’s instructions for dried beans. After releasing pressure, go to step 3 above.
  • Always count bay leaves when you put them in so you know how many to take out, especially if you will be making soup or serving children or the visually impaired.
  • This recipe is an updated version of one from my book Wildly Affordable Organic. I’ve upped the quantity of beans so this recipe now makes a pound at a time, switched to red onions, tinkered with the spices, simplified the instructions, and added the nutritional information. Yum either way!

Nutritional Information

The nutrition label is for one serving.

Nutrition Facts
Cuban Black Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.4g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Sodium 579mg 24%
Potassium 129mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 3g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 29%
Vitamin C 129%
Calcium 8%
Iron 18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.