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Free for Me Friday - Yummy Cuban Black Beans!!!

Smarty Pants Mama: Free for Me Friday - Yummy Cuban Black Beans!!!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Free for Me Friday - Yummy Cuban Black Beans!!!

Happy Friday!!

As last week's recipe was such a success - thank you to the many comments and emails - I have decided to share another favorite! This week's recipe is Cuban Black Beans. I make this dish about once a month. My munchkin is a super slow chewer so I have tried to find other, less chewing needed, sources of protein. Beans have been a hit.

On the side, I am a 1st generation Cuban-American, so this recipe has been shared and put together by the best!

Cuban Black Beans

  • 1 lb of dried black beans
  • 10 cups of cold water
  • 2 green peppers
  • 2/3 cups of olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of dry white wine

Rinse beans in tap water. Place rinsed bean in large pot with the 10 cups of cold water. Quarter 1 green pepper and place in pot. Soak overnight.

In the same pot, bring water to a slow boil. Allow to cook for 45 minutes to soften the beans. Pour olive oil in a warmed fry pan. Saute diced onion, minced garlic and remaining chopped green pepper. Take about 1 cup of black beans and pour into fry pan. Mash the beans well. Pour mashed bean mixture back into the pot. Add salt, pepper, oregano, bay leaf and sugar. Allow to simmer for approximately 1 hour. Add vinegar and wine and continue to simmer at a low heat for at least 1 more hour. If beans are very watery, keep pot uncovered. Enjoy!

I would love to get some reviews! Please let me know what you think!!!

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