Family recipes from around the world

Black Beans

Black Beans

Caraotas Negras, black beans

You will find this dish throughout the Caribbean, and the north of South America.  I make it Venezuelan style.  I do know that in Brazil and that in Cuba it is prepared similarly, but I am not sure how close their recipes are.  The only downside to this dish is that it requires a very long time to cook. You can replace the bacon with the leftover bone of a pork roast… sorry it doesn’t sound very appetizing, but it is the original method and it does give you better results… as a modern twist, I like to add bacon.

  • 1 package black beans
  • 3 red peppers – chopped
  • 3 onions – chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves – pressed
  • 3.5 oz (100 gr) bacon.
  • 3 laurel leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

Directions:

  1. Soak the beans overnight.
  2. Prepare a sofrito with the onions, peppers, and the garlic.
  3. Add all the ingredients to a stew pot, and cook for a few hours, until the beans are tender.