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Mostly From Scratch Cuban Black Beans

Mostly From Scratch Cuban Black Beans

These are called mostly from scratch because we use canned black beans instead of dried but we give it a real flavor upgrade to taste like it came from a restaurant and have been cooking all day.  These are so delicious and so easy to make.

I love serving these over a bed of basmati rice along with my cumin and lime slaw which adds freshness and some crunch. It is such a great combination of flavors.


What I love about this recipe:

  • It uses canned black beans which save so much time
  • It can be used as a meal with rice or as a side with meat
  • It is really big on flavor and is healthy


Mostly From Scratch Amazing Black Beans

An easy and big on flavor black beans recipe
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4


  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes 14 oz
  • 1/2 of a red pepper finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 15 oz cans of black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp of fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 tbsp of cumin
  • 1/4 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste I like buying tomato paste in a tube so I can refrigerate what I don't use.
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt plus more to taste


  • In a medium saute pan over medium heat, add your olive oil, red pepper and garlic and saute until they begin to soften about 5 minutes.
  • Now add your canned black beans, water, fresh cilantro, tomatoes, tomato paste and all of the spices and mix well.
  • Bring to a simmer
  • Once it comes to a simmer, turn your heat to low and cover to simmer for about 20 minutes until the tomatoes begin to soften a bit and the flavors come together
  • Remove from stove and taste for seasoning.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Serve over rice or alongside meat and enjoy!

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