Cuban-Style Black Beans

Total Time:
5 hr 5 min
Prep:
5 min
Inactive:
3 hr
Cook:
2 hr

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pound dried black beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • Ten to fifteen 3-inch cilantro stems, tied in a bundle
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 onion, diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions
  • Soak the beans with the baking soda in 10 cups of water for about 3 hours. Rinse and drain.

  • Add the beans to a Dutch oven and add 10 cups fresh water, along with the olive oil, cumin, oregano, sugar, vinegar, cilantro stems, bay leaves and onion. Simmer until the beans are soft, about 2 hours. Add 2 teaspoons of salt (or more to taste) and freshly ground black pepper to taste.


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