Cuban Black Beans in the Crockpot

Hubby loves to cook some of the Cuban foods he grew up eating. We eat rice and beans on a regular basis. He never makes black beans and I decided to give this recipe a shot. Since we don’t have a pressure cooker, I adapted the original recipe for the crockpot. Most crockpot recipes really can be cooked all day. This isn’t one of those recipes. If you let it cook all day, the beans will become mushy.

The Sazon completa (aka Complete Seasoning) is necessary to bring out the flavor of the beans. It really makes this dish. You can probably find it near the Spanish foods at your grocery store. Ours sells little packets of the seasoning which is perfect.

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Cuban Black Beans

Yield: 8

Ingredients:

1 pound dried black beans
8 cups water
2 Tbsp olive oil
6 slices of good-quality bacon, chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 cups chopped green bell pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
Olive oil for sautéing
1 Tbsp Sazon completa
1 Tbsp ground cumin
2 bay leaf
1/2 cup dry cooking wine
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
Chopped cilantro for garnish
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions:

Pick over the beans carefully and rinse well. Combine dried black beans with water in crockpot. Cover and let stand overnight. Make sure the water is covering the beans.

The next day, cook the beans on low for 4 hours.

Prepare the sofrito: Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a medium-heat frying pan and sauté the bacon slices until par-crispy. Then remove the bacon and add the onions and bell peppers. Cook until translucent and add the chopped garlic and cook for an additional minute. Season with salt and pepper.

When the beans have cooled slightly, add the sofrito, bacon pieces, cumin, sazon complete, vinegar, cooking wine, baking soda and bay leaves. Cook on low heat for another hour, stirring occasionally. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

Remove the bay leaves & garnish with chopped cilantro and serve the frijoles negros over white rice.

Recipe adapted from Mrs Regueiro's Plate

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10 Responses to “Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad”

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — April 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

    You probably saved a few calories too, by subbing the ham for shrimp! This looks amazing and I love the Mexican flavors.

    • beantownbaker — April 29th, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

      This is definitely a little bit lighter than a normal cobb salad.

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    Megan — April 29, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I love this take on a cobb salad. The flavors all sound so fresh and bright!

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    Shannon — April 30, 2013 at 10:36 am

    yum! this looks like one absolutely delicious salad. definitely starting to crave more salads, so this is sure to get into the rotation 🙂

    • beantownbaker — May 14th, 2013 @ 7:21 am

      I’ve been craving salads a lot too recently. I’m so glad spring is finally here.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Oh yum, I love cobb salad 🙂 this looks great!

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    Beth — July 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    made this for dinner tonight…served the avocado and dressing on the side…everyone and I mean everyone went crazy over this….seconds were had and on a hot night like this it hit the spot…every bite brought out a new flavor..so so good…I follow a lot of blogs and make there recipes but none as much as yours…your recipes are easy, economical and full of flavor….and I love how you do a little bit of everything…keep them coming girl ….

    • beantownbaker — July 21st, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

      Thanks for the kind words! So glad you enjoyed this salad. It’s SO flavorful.

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    nicole @ i am a Honey Bee — August 27, 2013 at 7:55 am

    ooo I sooo need this.
    My mom is coming up for a Labor DAy visit. I think this NEEDS to be made. noms

    • beantownbaker — August 27th, 2013 @ 7:58 am

      It makes a big salad – so it’s perfect for serving to guests!

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