Cuban black bean soup is the quintessential Cuban dish! This authentic recipe is super easy to make, with just a few simple ingredients. We usually serve it with rice as a side dish, but it’s hearty enough to be a meal on its own.
14 oz package dried black beans
2 bay leaves
1 green bell pepper
½ white onion (1 cup chopped)
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 ounce salt pork (about ½ cup chopped)
1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon cumin
Soaking: Soak black beans in water and a pinch of salt for 4 hours or overnight.
Instant Pot: Rinse the beans and add to the Instant Pot along 8 cups of water, 2 bay leaves ½ green pepper, seeds, and ribs removed. Set the Instant Pot to pressure for 25 minutes. Make sure the steam valve is sealed. It will take about 20 minutes for the Instant Pot to build pressure, and then it will cook for 25 minutes. Once it’s done, allow the steam to release naturally, which should take about 10 minutes or so.
Prep: While the steam is releasing. Chop half a white onion, crush the garlic, chop the salt pork, and cut the remaining half green pepper into 6 large pieces (I remove these later, but if you want to leave in, you can chop the pepper finely).
- Set a saute pan on medium heat and add a few tablespoons of water and salt pork once heated.
- Let it cook until the fat is rendered and the pork is browned for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Add one tablespoon olive oil and let it heat up for 30 seconds.
- Add the onions, garlic, and pepper and sauté until onions are softened about 5 minutes.
Black Beans: Once the steam has been released, open the Instant Pot and add the salt pork, sauteed vegetables, and seasonings. Set the Instant Pot to sauté and cook for 30 minutes if you like your beans brothy or 45 minutes for thicker beans.
Finishing: Once the beans are cooked to your desired thickness, add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Adjust seasoning as desired.
Serve with white rice.
Makes 10 one-cup servings.
These beans freeze well and can be stored in the freezer for up to six months.
Stovetop Directions: If you’re not using an Instant Pot, you can simmer the beans on the stove top for an hour. Then add the sofrito, salt pork and seasonings and cook on low-medium heat until desired consistency.
- Serving Size: 10
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