Cuban Style Black Turtle Beans

    Cuban Style Black Turtle Beans


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    Black turtle beans are simmered with spices and vegetables and finished with a splash of balsamic vinegar. Serve with white rice.

    Serves: 6 

    • 500g black turtle beans, washed
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 red capsicum, chopped
    • 1 green capsicum, chopped
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
    • 2 minced green chillies
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:1hour30min  ›  Ready in:1hour50min 

    1. In a large bowl, soak beans in water to cover overnight.
    2. Rinse beans, and transfer to a large stockpot. Add onion, capsicum, bay leaves, paprika, cumin, oregano and chillies, along with water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
    3. Test beans for tenderness, and when tender add garlic and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


    Black turtle beans, or simply 'black beans' for short, are especially common in Latin American cuisine. High in fibre and packed with nutrients, they're a healthy addition to any dish. If you want to save some time, use tinned black beans instead of dried.

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    This is a great vegetarian recipe! It is healthy and nutritious. No oil and so tasty. Everyone in the family loved it, my 12-year-old boy as well as my partner were pleasantly surprised. I am making my second batch tonight and added a some celery in it. We have lots of celery going floppy in the fridge. - 06 Oct 2015

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