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Quick Cuban Style Black Beans

Turning a couple of cans of plain black beans into quick Cuban style black beans is easy. Black beans (frijoles negros, in Spanish) are a staple in Cuban cuisine. But forget hours of soaking and cooking the beans, with this short-cut recipe we start with cooked black beans and add in Cuban-style seasoning.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Cuban
Keyword black beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 173kcal
Author Elizabeth


  • 2 (15 ounce) cans Black Beans, do not drain
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • teaspoon Cumin
  • Chopped Parsley for garnish – optional


  • Add the black beans with the liquid (do not drain) to a saucepan.
  • Add the olive oil, vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, onion powder, salt, pepper and cumin to the saucepan. Stir well until combined.
  • Cover the saucepan and bring the black beans to a simmer over medium heat.
  • When they start to simmer, lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes to allow the flavors to come together.
  • Keep the beans at a simmer, lower the heat if necessary. Stir occasionally to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pan, especially as they thicken.
  • Serve the beans with white rice and garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.


If the beans are too watery, uncover the saucepan and let them simmer for a few minutes to allow some of the liquid to cook away. Stir the beans often, especially as they start to thicken.
If the beans are too thick add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, stirring in between each addition until they reach the desired consistency and warm through.


Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 642mg | Potassium: 449mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 3mg