Cuban Black Beans Recipe

Cuban Black Beans Recipe

Enjoy these flavor-packed Cuban Black Beans simmered with onions, bell peppers, tomato, garlic, cilantro, cumin, and oregano. 

  • Author: Beth Pierce
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: side dish
  • Method:stovetop
  • Cuisine:Cuban


  • 1 medium onion coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, seeded, veined, and coarsely chopped  
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper, seeded, veined, and coarsely chopped 
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans (do not drain)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. Add the onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, tomatoes, garlic, and cilantro to a food processor with the chopping blade attached. Pulse several times until you reach a salsa-type consistency.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the vegetable mixture and cook for 3-5 minutes. 
  3. Stir in the black beans, ground cumin, dried oregano, and vinegar. Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until desired consistency. Season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. 


  • Pulse the ingredients for the sofrito in the food processor until the consistency of salsa.
  • Simmer the sofrito for several minutes before adding the beans to bring out all the best flavors and aromas.
  • Do not drain the black beans. The liquid in the canned beans is the salt and water that it was cooked with.
  • Serve the black beans over cooked long grain white rice and sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave at reduced power.
  • To freeze first cool completely. Then spoon into a sturdy airtight freezer container and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight. 

Nutrition Facts

Serves 8

Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.2g3%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 412.1mg18%
Total Carbohydrate 21.5g8%
Sugars 2.2g
Protein 7.1g14%
Vitamin A4%Vitamin C27%
Leave a Comment


No comments yet. Why don’t you start the discussion?

Leave a Reply