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Cuban Black Beans

Difficulty: moderate

Total Time: < 60min

Makes: 8

Black beans are a staple of the Cuban diet – nourishing, tasty, healthy food which goes well with classic Cuban dishes like slow-roast pork and ropa vieja, as well as a starter or a vegan dish served with rice and fried plantain. Black turtle beans are easy to find in supermarkets, markets and specialty stores and the dried, rather than tinned ones, are cheaper and taste better


750gm black turtle beans

1 large chopped onion

1 large green epper chopped small

6 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons chopped oregano

100ml olive or rapeseed oil

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 tablepoon raw organic sugar


  1. Soak the black beans overnight in plenty of water
  2. Drain the beans, rinse, cover with water and boil on a rolling boil for 40 mins - then rinse
  3. Lightly fry the onions, garlic, pepper and oregano in a pan for around 5 mins
  4. Add the rinsed, cooked beans to the pan, add water until the ingridents are just covered
  5. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 15 mins until the black beans are soft in a thick, black syrup - add salt, pepper and sugar to tatse
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