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Cuban-Style Black Beans

Black beans infused with smoky cumin, oregano, onion, and just a hint of cilantro!
Prep Time3 hrs 5 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Servings: 6 -8


  • 1 pound dried black beans
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 2 t olive oil
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • 1 t granulated sugar
  • 1 t white vinegar
  • 10-15 3- inch cilantro stems without the leaves, tied in a bundle
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 t salt or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 onion small diced
  • 2 t salt or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Soak the beans with the baking soda and 10 cups water for 3 hours. Rinse and drain.
  • Add the beans to a large pot and add 10 cups fresh water, along with the olive oil, cumin, oregano, sugar, vinegar, cilantro stems, bay leaves, and onion. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and continue to cook on a low simmer until the beans are soft, about 2 hours. Add 2 teaspoons of salt (or,to taste) and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • Enjoy!


Recipe Source: Tiffani Thiessen