Slow Cooker Cuban Black Beans
Cuban Black Beans is one of our favorite meals, but it takes over 3 hours in the oven and with our busy afternoons of school pick-ups and after school activities I haven't been able to make this in a while. So I decided to try it in the slow cooker and was so pleased with the results that I will probably just make this in the slow cooker from now on.
It still takes some prep work in the morning so give yourself at least 30 minutes to prepare the beans before putting them in the crock pot. But you will have an easy night when all you have to do is make rice and serve. The boys love Cuban black beans too. They love to swirl sour cream into it.
If you want to go vegetarian just omit the bacon (use another fat to saute the vegetables) and omit the chorizo.
Serve these beans with plain white rice, sour cream, hot sauce, lime wedges and chopped tomatoes.
2 ounces bacon (2 slices), chopped fine
2 onions, chopped medium
1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped medium
1 teaspoon cumin
6 garlic cloves minced
2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or ¾ teaspoon dried
6 cups water
1 pound dried black beans (2 cups), picked over and rinsed
2 bay leaves
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
½ pound chorizo sausage, quartered lengthwise and sliced ½ inch thick (you can also remove the casing and crumble it or use smoked sausage)
¼ cup minced fresh cilantro, optional (I omit the cilantro b/c we don't like it)
10/15/2017 05:48:22 pm
Sounds good. What is the purpose of the baking Soda?
10/15/2017 07:59:01 pm
The baking soda is supposed to help soften the beans, but I just read that it also destroys valuable nutrients so you could go either way.
10/15/2017 08:04:27 pm
Also, if not using baking soda, maybe soak the beans for several hours ahead of time.
2/6/2018 12:40:00 am
Have you frozen this?
2/6/2018 10:07:03 pm
I have frozen leftovers when we had more than we could eat in a couple of days and it seemed fine when we had it later. I have also made leftover burritos with the leftover rice and black beans and frozen them and they were great reheated later.
2/7/2018 08:22:02 am
Thanks Faith for the great ideas.
2/7/2018 10:46:03 am
2/19/2018 07:48:38 am
I love beans but I always fear noxious gas when eating them. Admittedly, I do enjoy my own oily smells, but if company is over it can be unpleasant for them. Not least because I REFUSE to hold it and have a relaxed sphincter at all times, so any gas just seeps out unobstructed. A welcome treat for a night home alone in front of the TV, but more problematic in group settings.
2/21/2018 11:07:18 pm
Ha! I love a good sense of humor, although a little graphic. I don't think this is too hard on the digestive system. I have made this for company several times and it was always enjoyed by all without any issues.
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned food blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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