20 Minute Cuban Style Black Beans


A quick Cuban style pot of black beans. Ready in 20 minutes, these are great over rice, cornbread or stuffed into a tortilla with some scrambled eggs.


  • 1 bell pepper (any color)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 head fresh cilantro
  • 2 cloves small garlic
  • 1 jalapeño or other chili
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 14-oz cans black beans
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 23 tablespoons red wine vinegar


  1. Cut the bell pepper and onion into large chunks. Place them into a food processor along with the cilantro, garlic and halved jalapeño. (Seed jalapeño for less spicy beans.) Pulse until vegetables are chopped fairly small but not pulsed into a paste.
  2. Add olive oil to a medium sized stock pot. Over medium heat, add vegetables and sauté until softened about 5-8 minutes.
  3. Drain the liquid from just 2 of the 3 cans of black beans. Add all the cans of beans to the vegetables.
  4. Add the salt, oregano, cumin, bay leaves, and honey. Bring the beans to a low simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Stir in 2-3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar (based on taste). Taste beans and adjust spices as necessary.


These beans will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
If you want a spicier pot of beans, don’t seed the chili or jalapeño.
For a thicker bean consistency, drain all three cans of black beans.