Cuban Black Beans

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We all know that beans can pack a healthy punch. A great source of fiber and protein, but beans can also be bland when not cooked right. This Cuban Black Beans recipe gives you the flavor you’re craving while keeping the beans healthy.

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Are Cuban black beans good for you?

Yes! Black beans are a great source of fiber, protein, healthy carbs, and antioxidants. Eating black beans regularly can reduce the risk of many types of diseases. This Cuban Black Beans recipe has healthy ingredients and are something you can feel good about eating.

What are the healthiest beans to eat?

Beans, all around, are a healthy food. Black beans are certainly one of the healthiest beans, but others include chickpeas, lentils, peas, kidney beans, pinto beans, and navy beans. When it comes to beans, you can’t go wrong.

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Are canned black beans healthy?

Canned beans are loaded with protein, fiber, and all the other nutrients beans contain. However, canned beans can contain a lot of sodium. You want to drain and rinse black beans, or any other beans, when using canned for this Cuban Black Beans recipe.

What are the ingredients to make Cuban Black Beans?

To make this Cuban Black Beans recipe you are going to need the following ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Red pepper
  • Black beans
  • Water
  • Bay leaf
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Salt and pepper

How to make Cuban Black Beans

Now that you have gathered your ingredients it is time to make Cuban Black Beans. All you have to do is follow the steps below:

ingredients in pan

In a large pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and red pepper and cook until softened, around 5 minutes.

All ingredients in pot

Add the black beans, water, bay leaf, cumin, oregano, and salt and pepper. If using canned black beans, make sure to drain and rinse well to remove excess sodium.

Cook for 15 minutes, covered, and then serve. These beans taste great on their own or can be served with rice or in other dishes, such as a topping on other foods.

cooked Cuban black beans in pot

Your Cuban Black Beans are ready to serve!

Cuban Black Beans Recipe

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Cuban Black Beans Recipe

Cuban Black Beans Recipe

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This Cuban black beans recipe provides a savory and sweet balance that will fill you up without feeling heavy. The dish is served with rice or other side dishes but can be eaten alone. It is full of flavor, but the consistency is not too thick.


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp red pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 Cups black beans, cooked
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1/4 Tsp cumin
  • 1/4 Tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and red pepper and cook until softened, around 5 minutes.
  2. Add the black beans, water, bay leaf, cumin, oregano and salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes, cover, and then serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 6gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g

These nutritional calculations might not be accurate. Please speak with a licensed nutritionist to assist you.

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