Cuban Black Beans (Frijoles Negros)


This is my favorite recipe, shown to me by my mother, and shown to her by her mother and so on. It is amazing! Make sure to follow instructions perfectly so the beans do not come out salty. The secret is the teaspoon of sugar. Serve with white rice.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans (preferably non-seasoned)

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, or more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste

  • 1 large bay leaf

  • 1 (1.41 ounce) package sazon seasoning

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder to taste

  • teaspoon ground cumin, or to taste

  • teaspoon dried oregano, or to taste

  • 2 pinches salt, or to taste

  • 2 pinches freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced


  1. Combine black beans in a large pot over medium heat. Add olive oil, garlic, sugar, bay leaf, sazon seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper; stir to combine. Stir in onion and bell pepper. Cover pot and simmer until flavors are well combined and onions and bell peppers are cooked thoroughly, 8 to 15 minutes.

  2. Remove lid and adjust seasoning.

Cook's Note:

If you want spicy beans, just add some of your favorite hot sauce directly to the beans as they cook or serve it on the side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

309 Calories
11g Fat
41g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 309
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 2396mg 104%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 16g 57%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 32mg 162%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 764mg 16%

* 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.

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