Don’t Tell Mom about My Cuban Black Bean Recipe!

Cuban Black Bean Recipe is better than mom's!
Cuban black bean recipe - better than mom's!
Cuban black bean recipe – better than mom’s!

This Cuban Black Bean recipe is special.

Even my handsome, black bean-hating husband loves it!  (And, it’s a good thing too as this Cuban Black Bean recipe makes a big pot of beans! OK, I’m getting ahead of myself.)

My husband doing what he does best!
My husband doing what he does best!
Me - doing what I don't do best!
Me – doing what I don’t do best!

Black beans, prepared this unique way, are savory and delicious. They get their tantalizing flavor from an unusual combination of cider vinegar, sherry and olive oil.  Of course, this recipe has more ingredients. But, I believe that this dish’s unique flavor is likely due to these three ingredients.

Folks, this recipe is truly delectable!

My dad would have loved black beans prepared this way!  He raved about my mom’s black beans but this recipe is even better than hers. (please don’t tell mom!)

Growing up in West Texas, my mom made black beans several times a week.  They were usually served on top of steaming, long-grain white rice. But, sometimes we had them as a soup or as a complete meal along with platanos verdes (plantains).  We never grew tired of eating them!

But, I do have a confession to make.

And, I might as well get it out in the open before we go any further.


Canned black beans are so much easier than starting from scratch!  OK, I am feeling better now.

My Cuban mother would not have approved.

But, I hope you understand that this Crafty Cubanita has lovingly embraced all types of modern conveniences.  And, canned black beans and can openers are two of my all-time favorites!

Of course, if you are a traditionalist, you can pressure cook your beans or stand over a hot stove and watch beans boil.  I won’t hate you for it!  (Or I suppose that you could use a “one pot”.  I heard that the one pot cooks beans amazingly well. But, since I don’t own one yet, canned beans will have to do!)

One last comment, this Cuban black bean recipe can easily be made into a soup.  Just add more chicken broth to the recipe. It’s that simple.

Black beans prepared the Cuban way are sumptuous and easy!  But, don’t take my word for it. Try my Cuban Black Bean recipe and you’ll quickly understand why it’s such a favorite recipe of mine!

Thanks for visiting me today!

And, if you enjoy Cuban cuisine, you probably would like my Cuban Paella Salad. This Paella Salad is wonderful to serve your family and guests on a hot, summer evening!


Love my black beans!


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This Cuban black bean recipe is savory and delicious! Special ingredients transform basic black beans into a Caribbean delight! Try it!
Cuban Black Bean Recipe is better than mom's!
Course side dish
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course side dish
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cuban Black Bean Recipe is better than mom's!
  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add the bacon. When bacon is translucent, add butter. When butter is just melted, add minced garlic, chopped onion, diced pepper and celery. Stir constantly until vegetables are just done but not mushy.
    Cooking bacon and melting butter
  2. Add cumin and combine well. Add black beans, chicken stock, and bay leaves. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
    Combining ingredients for Cuban style black beans
  3. Strain beans and reserve the liquid in a separate bowl.
  4. Heat another saucepan over high heat and add sherry and vinegar. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced to half the amount. Add the reserved broth and olive oil and reduce the liquid some more (by about a third). Add black beans mixture and more water, if necessary, and cook for another 10 minutes.
  5. Remove 1 cup of the cooked black beans and smash with a spoon or a smasher. Add back to the sauce. The smashed beans will thicken the beans.
    Smashing black beans
  6. Take out the bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with chopped white onions.
    Cuban style black beans
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