Stewed Black Beans

Stewed black beans offer a plethora of possibilities… served simply as a side, over rice, use as a soup base, or blend them for Garnaches!

Stewed black beans = easy + healthy

If you want to make stewed black beans the easiest way, use a crock pot!  1 lb beans on the “high” setting will take 6 – 8 hours to cook.  Simply throw all the ingredients into the pot, turn it on, and walk away!  Beans are also very easy on the stove top, they just need to be monitored a little more.

Recipes that use stewed black beans:

Garnaches are a Belize News Post favorite.  They use this black bean recipe for the blended beans.  The stewed beans need to be blended in a blender or with an immersion blender, and then simmered on the stove top until the consistency is thick enough to coat a spoon lightly.

Belizean Breakfast is another way to eat black beans, either stewed, or blended!

Rice and Beans are not traditionally made with black beans, but are very delicious with stewed black beans instead of Kidney beans!

Black Beans

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 2 hours
Yields: approx. 6 cups cooked beans


  • 1 lb - dried black beans
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 - large onion
  • 2 cloves - garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon - black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon - salt (or to taste)
  • salt pork, pigtail, bacon, or substitute (for flavor)


  1. Sort beans discarding any cracked or odd beans/ rocks. Rinse dried beans.
  2. If you want your cook time to be shorter (+/- 1 hour), soak your beans overnight. If you are okay with a longer cook time (2-3 hours), proceed to the next step!
  3. Heat up oil in a large cast iron or heavy-bottom soup pot.
  4. Add chopped onion, garlic, spices and salt pork to hot oil. Sauté until onions start turning translucent in color.
  5. Add beans and 8 cups of water. Water must cover beans.
  6. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for approximately 2-3 hours. Check your beans periodically to make sure there is enough water. Add more water as needed.
  7. Salt and Pepper to taste.

Pro Tips

We have found that on the stove top beans need 2 hours to cook (not soaked prior). In a crock pot on "high" we have found that beans take 6 hours.


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