Frijoles Negros

Black Beans

Preparation info
  • Serves

    6 to 8

    • Difficulty


Appears in

By Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz

Published 1973

  • About

Black beans and white rice are a great favourite in Havana, either served separately, or together as Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians).


  • 1 lb. black beans
  • pints cold water
  • 3 tablespoons


Wash the beans thoroughly, but do not soak them. Put them into a large saucepan with the cold water, cover and simmer gently until they are tender, about 1½ to 2 hours. Add a little hot water from time to time as necessary.

Heat the oil in a frying pan and render the salt pork. Add the onion, garlic, and pepper and sauté until the onion is tender but not browned. Add to the beans with t