Cuban Black Beans

Simmer black beans with sautéed garlic, onion, and bell pepper for a hearty Cuban side dish that's both quick and easy to prepare. For more dishes like this, see our complete collection of Cuban recipes.

Yield: 9 cups
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) package dried black beans*
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Hot cooked rice
  • Chopped green onions

Preparation

  1. Place dried beans in a Dutch oven, and cover with water 2 inches above beans. Soak 8 hours. Drain.
  2. Sauté onion, bell pepper, and garlic in hot oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until tender. Add beans, 2 quarts water, and next 4 ingredients; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until beans are tender. Discard bay leaf. Serve over hot cooked rice; sprinkle with chopped green onions.
  3. * 3 (15-ounce) cans black beans, undrained, may be substituted for dried beans. Omit 2 quarts water, and reduce simmering time to 15 to 20 minutes.
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