Black beans are a type of legume that is commonly used in various cuisines around the world, especially in Latin American, Caribbean, and Southwestern cuisine. These beans are small, dark, and have a rich, earthy flavor. They are known for their nutritional value and versatility in cooking.

Black Beans

Recipe by caion


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Black beans are a nutritious and versatile ingredient that can be incorporated into a wide range of dishes to add flavor, protein, and fiber. They are a popular choice for those looking to create both savory and hearty meals.


  • 1 cup dried black beans

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 bay leaf (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (adjust to taste)

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 lime (for garnish, optional)

  • Fresh cilantro (for garnish, optional)


  • Place the dried black beans in a colander and rinse them thoroughly under cold running water to remove any dirt or debris.
  • Transfer the rinsed beans to a large bowl and cover them with water. Allow them to soak for at least 4 hours or overnight. Soaking helps the beans cook more evenly and reduces cooking time.
  • After soaking, drain the beans and rinse them again under cold water.
  • In a large pot, add the soaked and rinsed black beans, chopped onion, minced garlic, and bay leaf (if using). Pour in 4 cups of water.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer. Cover the pot and let the beans cook for about 1 to 1.5 hours or until they are tender. Cooking time can vary depending on the age and size of the beans, so taste test to ensure they are cooked to your liking.
  • Once the beans are tender, add salt, black pepper, and ground cumin (if using) to taste. Stir to combine.
  • Continue to simmer the beans for an additional 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld. Adjust the seasonings as needed.
  • Remove the bay leaf if used and discard it.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the cooked black beans and stir to incorporate.
  • Serve the black beans hot as a side dish, over rice, or in your favorite recipes, such as burritos, tacos, or soups.
  • You can garnish your black beans with fresh cilantro leaves and a squeeze of lime juice for added flavor and freshness.

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