Recipe: Cuban black beans

This is a rich and meaty recipe that makes a nice big pot. Leftovers freeze well. Adapted from momtoellis’s recipe on

Wash & soak overnight (or boil until soft in plenty of water):

  • 2 pounds dried black beans

Rinse until the water is clear.

Saute until soft in 1/2 cup olive oil a large pot:

  • 2 medium sweet onions, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped

Turn on medium-high heat and add 9 cups water + the beans.

Mix in a bowl:

  • 12 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 oz (2 small cans) canned tomato paste
  • 8 oz diced pimentos from a jar, drained
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoon white sugar

Add to pot and boil for at least 2 hours with the top slightly off to vaporize the liquid.


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