Felicia's Slow Cooker Black Beans


My best friend gave me her recipe for Cuban-style black beans. I made minor tweaks to make them in the slow cooker. Serve with white rice for an authentic Cuban meal.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 45 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs 55 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound dry black beans

  • 6 cups water, or as needed to cover

  • 3 teaspoons salt, divided

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • ½ green bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons tomato sauce

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 pinch ground cumin


  1. Soak black beans in 6 to 8 cups of water, 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Drain beans. Place in a saucepan and cover with fresh water; add 2 teaspoons salt and bring to a boil. Cook until nearly tender, about 40 minutes.

  3. Combine remaining salt, onion, bell pepper, tomato sauce, garlic, olive oil, bay leaf, and cumin in a slow cooker. Add black beans and the cooking water.

  4. Mix well and cook on Low until the beans are tender and cooked through, 4 to 6 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
3g Fat
39g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 912mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 9g 34%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 926mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.