Recipe courtesy of Tiffani Thiessen

Cuban-Style Black Beans

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 hr 5 min (includes soaking beans)
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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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


  1. Soak the beans with the baking soda in 10 cups of water for about 3 hours. Rinse and drain.
  2. 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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