Cuban-Style Black Beans

Traveling through South Florida last month we had our fair share of delicious Cuban food. In the Cuban restaurants it seems like everything is served with black beans and rice. Packed with protein and delicious flavor, Cuban-style black beans serve as a meal in themselves when served over a bed of rice. They have a thick consistency and slightly sweet flavor that is nicely balanced with lots of garlic and a hint of red wine vinegar. Serve these as a main course over rice or as a side dish for the incredible Cuban Street Tacos.

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Cuban-Style Black Beans

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Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans black beans, liquid drained and reserved
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and green pepper, and saute until lightly browned. Add garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, oregano and salt. Sauté until spices are fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add half of the reserved bean liquid and simmer until all previous ingredients are soft.
  3. Add the beans and the remaining liquid and simmer 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened. Adjust seasonings and add red wine vinegar. Serve with chopped cilantro and lime wedges.

Source: adapted from food.com

15 Responses to “Cuban-Style Black Beans”

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    simplynutritiouskate — July 15, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    these look delicious I love cuban beans !

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    chicaandaluza — July 15, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    Aha – cumin, that´s what I´ve been missing out and it makes a huge difference. Delicious!

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    yumtherapy — July 15, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    Yum, I love black beans! This looks delicious!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — July 15, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    Love the cumin and the liberal use of cilantro!

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    freshandfoodie — July 15, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    These look great. I love black beans and the way you’ve spiced these up sounds excellent.

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    claire — July 15, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    I’ve never had Cuban food, I know, I need to get out more. What a great side dish!

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    Valerie — July 15, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

    You’ve made me travel with all those delicious flavours!! Looks al really good, especially those black beans!

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    Maris(In Good Taste) — July 15, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

    I have been on the lookout for a good recipe for black beans and I just found a great one!

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    Kathleen — July 15, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    I love black beans and yours look delicious. I really want to try them with the Cuban tacos!

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    Grace — July 16, 2011 @ 12:03 am

    Yum! Black beans are my favorite!

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    Natalie — July 16, 2011 @ 4:48 am

    I think tonight might have to be Cuban night! Sounds delicious!! :D

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    Sandy — January 28, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    I made this tonight – served it with basmati rice, tomatoes and avacado… hubs, and kids all loved it! Thanks! I love your blog… and have made quite a few of your recipes which I linked to from foodgawker!

    • Christina replied: — February 15th, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

      Sandy,
      I am so glad to hear that everyone enjoyed the beans! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out! :)

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    KatMom — September 26, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    Wow..these are delicious! I put a little more cayenne in and whew!…hot!…but I like it, made me smile. I had bariatric surgery not too long ago and these are a great way to get protein in. Wonderful recipe, thank you for sharing!!

    • Christina replied: — September 28th, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the beans! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out! :)

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