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    Cuban Black Beans (Frijoles Negros)

    These Cuban Black Beans, or Frijoles Negros, are the ultimate side dish you need if you want to master Cuban cooking.

    They’re a staple, along with rice, with all of their famously flavorful main dishes. But don’t worry, these black beans are so easy.

    Just a few pantry staples is all you need to get this Caribbean classic on the table…

    These Cuban Black Beans are so good. They can be eaten with your favorite meats, or just with white rice for a hearty meatless meal.

    Wherever you go in Central America and Latin Caribbean countries, beans always seem to find their way onto the menu.

    Of course we all know Mexico’s famous Refried Beans. And in our home, we just can’t get enough of Puerto Rico’s ultra flavorful Habichuelas Guisadas.

    Frijoles Negros are Cuba’s favorite. And once you try them alongside their citrus and garlic infused meats, we think you’ll agree that they’re the perfect pairing.

    These Cuban Black Beans are so good. They can be eaten with your favorite meats, or just with white rice for a hearty meatless meal.

    Ingredients

    • Black beans – We use canned, but will include instructions for dried as well.
    • Veggies – Onion and green bell pepper.
    • Garlic – Of course.
    • Olive oil – For sautéing.
    • Red wine vinegar – For a little acidity.
    • Sugar – For balance.
    • Seasonings – Oregano, cumin, bay leaf, salt and pepper.
    • Water
    These Cuban Black Beans are so good. They can be eaten with your favorite meats, or just with white rice for a hearty meatless meal.

    Cuban Black Beans Recipe

    See below if using dried beans.

    In a saucepan or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add green pepper and onions, sauté till they are beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional minute.

    Add beans, oregano, cumin, bay leaf, vinegar, sugar, water, salt and pepper. Mix well, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium low, cover cook for 10 minutes.

    Remove lid. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Continue cooking, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, till the beans have a soft and creamy consistency.

    frijoles negros after cooking

    Serve with steamed rice and your favorite Cuban mains.

    How to Prepare Dried Black Beans

    If using dried black beans, they must first be soaked and cooked. For this recipe, use about 1.5 cups of dried beans.

    Add the beans to a large pot and cover with at least 2 inches of cold water. Soak for at least 8 hours.

    Drain, then refill the pot with water. Salt generously. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 1-1½ hours, or until the beans are soft to your liking.

    What to Serve with Frijoles Negros

    Cuban black beans and white rice are the ideal sides for any Cuban meats like Ropa Vieja (their national dish), Vaca Frita, mojo pork, or lechon asado. Don’t forget some Tostones for a complete Latin feast.

    platter with vaca frita, black beans, rice and tostones

    It also pairs great with other Latin mains like Picadillo, Bistec Encebollado, Pollo Guisado, or Pernil.

    Sometimes, when we get tired of too many heavy meals, we’ll even enjoy them as a meatless dinner along with some yellow rice or Cilantro Lime Rice.

    Leftovers and Storage

    These Cuban black beans make great leftovers. Refrigerate them in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Reheat on stovetop, or in the microwave, with a splash of additional water.

    They also freeze great in an airtight container for 2-3 months. Just thaw overnight in the fridge the day before eating them.

    These Cuban Black Beans are so good. They can be eaten with your favorite meats, or just with white rice for a hearty meatless meal.

    Give your black beans a tropical makeover with this classic Cuban Recipe. You’ll be amazed that just a little bit of extra care can take them from ordinary to extraordinary!

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    Cuban Black Beans, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!

    bowl of cuban black beans atop the Gypsy Plate

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    Cuban Black Beans (Frijoles Negros)

    Yield: 4 servings
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    These Cuban Black Beans are perfectly seasoned and so easy. They can be enjoyed with your favorite Cuban meats, or just with white rice for a hearty meatless meal.

    Ingredients

    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1/2 medium onion, diced
    • 1 medium green pepper, diced
    • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 2 15oz can black beans, undrained (see note 1 for dried beans)
    • 2 tsp dried oregano
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 bay leaf
    • salt, to taste
    • pepper, to taste

    Instructions

      1. In a saucepan or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add green pepper and onions, sauté till they are beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional minute.
      2. Add beans, oregano, cumin, bay leaf, vinegar, sugar, water, salt and pepper. Mix well, and bring to a simmer.
      3. Reduce heat to medium low, cover cook for 10 minutes.
      4. Remove lid. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Continue cooking, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, till beans have a soft and creamy consistency.
      5. Serve with steamed rice and your favorite Cuban mains.

    Notes

    1. If using dried beans, they must first be soaked and cooked. For this recipe, use about 1.5 cups of dried beans. Add the beans to a large pot and cover with at least 2 inches of cold water. Soak at least 8 hours. Drain, then refill the pot with water. Salt generously. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 2 hours, or until the beans are soft to your liking.

    Nutrition Information
    Yield 4 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 331Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 0mgSodium 717mgCarbohydrates 55gFiber 19gSugar 3gProtein 19g

    Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.

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