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Slow Cooker Cuban Black Beans

Delicious, hearty and healthy black beans generously seasoned and cooked to perfection for several hours in a slow cooker. This is the ultimate definition of comfort food
Course Main Entree
Cuisine Caribbean, Cuban
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 37 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 479kcal
Author Charla

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups of dried beans see post if using canned beans
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • 2 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • 1 tsp of himilayan pink salt
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • Juice of a lime

Instructions

  • Preheat your slow cooker and set aside.
  • Melt the coconut oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
  • Saute the onion, garlic, bell peppers and bay leaves until soft and fragrant.
  • Transfer the sauteed ingredients into the crockpot then add the black beans, water and stir
  • Sprinkle in the black pepper, cumin, oregano, and pink salt and stir again.
  • Set the slow cooker to low for 6 hours and cover with lid.
  • Remove the lid, squeeze the lime juice, stir then serve accordingly.

Notes

  • Cook for at least 4 hours. To yield creamy, tender and not mushy beans I do recommend cooking the legumes for atleast 4 hours. A gentle low heat is best. I found that 6 hours is a great sweet spot for the best tasting beans.
  • I used a total of 2 ½ cups of dried beans with 6 cups of water. I find that using the correct ratio of beans to water makes a difference to the flavour and quality of the recipe.
  •  Bean to water ratio. Too much beans makes for an overcrowded recipe especially if not enough water is added and the beans under seasoned. On the other hand, too little beans and too much water, depletes the flavour.
  • Soak the beans if required to do so. I recommend this!!
  • Sautee your base ingredients. In order to get the best flavour experience out of your slow cooker I do recommend this. The flavours will impart on the beans and liquid over the 6 hour cooking duration.
  • Preheat your slow cooker. Heating up slow cooker in advance helps with the culinary continuity so the food will carry on cooking undisturbed.
  • Don't overstir the beans. Stir the beans before starting the 6 hour process but try not to peek and constantly stir the beans throughout as this will most likely breakdown the beans.

Nutrition

Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 619mg | Potassium: 1698mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 9mg