Cuban Black Beans

Recipe Author: 
Kathy Pollard

​A basic bean recipe that can be dressed up with spices when you are ready to make it your very own.

  • 1 C dried black beans, or 1 can drained and rinsed
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed
  • 4 C water or vegetable broth
  • 2 T vinegar (optional)
  • Salt, pepper (optional)
  • Sliced lemons for flavor and decoration

Soak dried beans overnight in a bowl of water, enough to cover them.  Rinse and drain.  Simmer the beans in a covered pot of water enough to cover them for an hour, or until just soft.  Drain and rinse beans. 
On medium heat, sauté onion in a pot with a splash of orange-carrot juice, broth or other liquid.  Add green pepper and bay leaf.  Add everything else and cook together in the 4 cups of water for 1 hour, or until beans are soft.  Add vinegar, lemon or spices when soft, if desired.                               
Arrange lemon slices on top for flavor and decoration.

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