Cuban-Style Black Beans

My trip to Cuba introduced me to the best black beans I have ever eaten. Don’t get me wrong, I like black beans, I use them in quesadillas and salads but I never expected them to have so much potential.

I attempted to recreate these amazing black beans, with the reference of another recipe by Latina Mom Meals. Latina Mom Meals recipe included a way to make the recipe with an Instant Pot. I tried the recipe using this method, but she also includes how to make the beans without an instant pot! After looking through many different recipes they always seems to start off with the essentials, black beans, onions, green peppers, and spices. I did not have all ingredients listed so I edited the recipe to use what I had in the pantry. If you want the exact recipe please check out her page! This has become a new favorite for lunch! It makes a lot so be ready for left overs!


  • 1 lb Dry Black Beans
  • 4 Cups of Water
  • 1/2 Cup of Olive Oil
  • 1 White Onion
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 4 tsp Salt + additional for taste
  • 1/2 tsp of Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup of Beef Broth
  • 2 TBSP White Wine
  • 2 TBSP White Vinegar

Let’s Get Cooking

Using the Instant Pot, add water + black beans and set it on HIGH for 35 minutes

While the beans are cooking, dice the onion and pepper, crush and dice the garlic.

While the pressure is releasing, add the olive oil into a frying pan. Once warm, add onion + garlic + pepper + cumin + bay leaves + chili powder + salt + pepper. Cook until onions have become slightly translucent. Remove the bay leaves.

Add a cup of cooked black beans and add to the onions and peppers. Smash the beans into the mixture and add back to the instant pot.

Put the instant pot on sauté mode for 20 min. While sautéing add beef broth + wine + vinegar.

Time to Plate

Along with the beans, plate up with some rice of your choosing!

I am very excited that I was able to recreate this recipe! I cannot wait to keep tweaking and working on it to make it my own. Please check out Latina Mom Meals as well for more amazing recipes!

Made with Love,


8 thoughts on “Cuban-Style Black Beans

    1. Hi! I don’t feel like it will taste a lot different without the white wine! I used a dry white so it added more of an oaky taste in comparison to a fruity wine!


  1. I love black beans and I’m always looking for new takes on them… gonna have to try these soon! I’ve also got a Poblano rice recipe waiting to get tested, so I’ll probably just make a day of it.

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