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Authentic Cuban black beans are the quintessential side dish with many Latin recipes but we don't always have time to use dried beans which need an overnight soak and hours of cooking. When you want your black beans fast, this recipe will give you great tasting Cuban Black Beans in 35 minutes l

Quick Cuban Black Beans

  • Author: Lisa
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x


A quick easy recipe for creamy, flavorful, highly nutritious Cuban Black Beans. Makes A fantastic side dish with Cuban, Mexican and Latin American cuisine. For a complete meal serve the beans with rice and assorted garnishes.


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 ounces slab bacon cut into 1-inch by ½-inch lardons
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 6 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 15-ounce cans of black beans with their liquid
  • 1 tablespoon cider or white vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1½ teaspoons Kosher salt, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • ½ cup - 1 cup of water or broth (chicken or vegetable), if needed

Optional Garnishes:

  • Lime Wedges
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Cotija Cheese, grated
  • Sliced Avocado


  1. Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add bacon and sauté, stirring often, until it starts to brown, about 3 minutes. Add bell pepper and onion. Cook, stirring, for one minute. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes longer to soften the vegetables. Add cumin and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds to toast the cumin.
  2. Add 1 can of beans with their liquid to the pot. Use a potato masher or the back of a fork to gently mash the beans. Add the other two cans of beans with their liquid, vinegar, bay leaves, 1½ teaspoons salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Adjust taste and texture to your liking by adding additional water or broth and salt and pepper.
  4. Serve as a side dish with lime wedges and chopped cilantro or as a main dish scooped over steaming brown or white rice and topped with garnishes of chopped cilantro, lime wedges, grated cheese and/or sour cream.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: main dish or side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Cuban

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