Prep Time
15 Mins
Soak Time
8 Hours
Cook Time
2 Hours 40 Mins
Stand Time
5 Mins
Makes 12 servings

This recipe for frijoles negros calls for grinding dried whole oregano and cumin seeds. If you prefer, you can substitute 2 teaspoons each of ground oregano and cumin.

How to Make It

Step 1

Rinse and sort beans according to package directions. Place beans in a large Dutch oven; cover with cold water, and let soak at least 8 hours. Drain beans, and return to Dutch oven. Add 14 cups water, bay leaf, and garlic; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 2 hours or until beans are tender.

Step 2

Process oregano, cumin seeds, and salt in an electric spice grinder until ground and blended.

Step 3

Sauté chiles in 2 tablespoons hot oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet 5 minutes; add onions, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir onion mixture and oregano mixture into beans in Dutch oven, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.

Step 4

Remove and discard bay leaf. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. (For a thicker consistency, remove 1 cup bean mixture, and mash with a fork; return to pan.) Serve over rice, drizzling with oil and vinegar.

Step 5

*1 large green bell pepper may be substituted.

Step 6

Note: If you don't have an electric spice grinder, use a mortar and pestle, or place spices in a zip-top plastic freezer bag, seal, and pound with the flat side of a meat mallet.

Ratings & Reviews

bigbird501's Review

July 10, 2009
Needed a little more spice. I will adjust with definitely more cumin and probably some garlic. Other than that, a good recipe.