My mother-in-law made this often when I lived in Miami before her death. After reading the other recipes on here, I found they all missed one very important ingredient for authenticity -- PORK! This recipe takes a while to cook, and I have also used a slow cooker with good results for those who enjoy using them. Serve over white rice. Hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot over medium heat, cook and stir the bacon with the annatto seeds until the bacon pieces are browned, crisp, and colored from the seeds. Stir in onion, garlic, 1/2 cup parsley, and 1/4 cup cilantro; cook and stir the vegetables in the bacon drippings until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the beans, oregano, cumin, kosher salt, pepper, lime juice, and bay leaves. Pour in enough water to cover the beans by about 4 inches, and bring to a boil over medium heat.

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  • Cover the pot and simmer the beans and seasonings until tender, about 3 hours, adding water if necessary to prevent burning. Stir in the olives and 1/4 cup cilantro, and simmer for 30 more minutes, uncovered, to reduce excess soupiness if desired. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon or more of fresh parsley, and serve.

Cook's Note

After Step 1, you can place the beans into a slow cooker and cook on High setting for 2 hours, or Low setting for 3 hours. Finish the recipe as written, adding olives and cilantro, uncovering the slow cooker if necessary, and sprinkling with parsley.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

230.4 calories; 11.8 g protein; 31.1 g carbohydrates; 7.7 mg cholesterol; 372.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2010
I sometimes add a packet of Sazon Goya con Azafran to this recipe if it is seeming a little lifeless. It is a nice switch up from the basic recipe. Additionally a shot of powdered garlic or onion is often added. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/11/2010
I love black beans & I thought the concept of this dish was interesting. I followed the directions exactly. It was a very bland dish. I added some hot sauce which helped. I am not going add this to my recipe box. Sorry. Read More
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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2010
I sometimes add a packet of Sazon Goya con Azafran to this recipe if it is seeming a little lifeless. It is a nice switch up from the basic recipe. Additionally a shot of powdered garlic or onion is often added. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2010
This recipe is fantastic & authentic. I agree that Pork is an absolute necessity for Cuban Black Beans. I'll often use a smoked pork foot. If folks want more spice it's easy to add. I wouldn't rate this recipe down for that. It's nice to have a slow cooker option for us working woman. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2010
I thought this recipe was quite flavorful. I cut the serving size to 4 as I was only cooking 1 cup of dried beans. I also hot soaked the beans first (boil 3-4 minutes then let sit in water for 3 hours). Didn't have the annato seeds and omitted the olives based on personal tastes. Used all dry herbs except the cilantro. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/11/2010
I love black beans & I thought the concept of this dish was interesting. I followed the directions exactly. It was a very bland dish. I added some hot sauce which helped. I am not going add this to my recipe box. Sorry. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2012
I love this recipe however altered it a little. I include a jalapeño with the onion and omit the olives parsley and achiote seeds. We love heat in the south so I also add hot sauce. Even my boyfriend who doesn't care for beans loves this recipe. I serve them with yellow rice and homemade pico (diced tomatoes and onions with garlic and cilantro in lime juice) topped with sour cream. yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2011
I made this recipe as is because I wanted the 'Cuban' flavor. This was not a huge hit with the family. They grinned and bore it. Everybody thought it was too spicy. So with the left overs I poured some condensed milk over the dish and then grated some sharp cheese to top it off. The milk cut the spice down and the cheese... well cheese makes everything better!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/20/2011
Bland and I added Goyan Sazon packet and used all the fresh ingredients. Something definetly got lost in the sauce. I added so much fresh salsa to kick it up I lost all of what little flavor was there. Too much liquid even though I followed the recipe exactly. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2011
Pretty good but needed some tweaking to please my preferences. Had to add more garlic. Don't care for pimento-stuffed olives so I omitted them. Added some diced tomato and red bell pepper. Served over Saffron Rice (customized by Bill). Will definitely be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2011
such a flavorful dish! i made a simplified and smaller version of this recipe without the meat and achiote seeds. used dried herbs instead of fresh and balsamic vinegar in lieu of lime juice and added a a tsp of liquid smoke. the beans cooked down to a rich black sauce. soooo good and sooo easy. Read More
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