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Cumin Garlic Black Beans

I am still on the search for the perfect black bean recipe. This one is getting pretty close. I like it because it mostly involves spices from my cupboard and is super simple and easy to make. It is close to my Cuban Black Bean Recipe but with a lot more cumin and garlic.

  • One pound black beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup diced onion or 1 tbsp onion powder or 2 tbsp onion flakes (I prefer fresh onion)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or 4 diced cloves)
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Wash the beans. They can also be pre-soaked for 8-12 hours.
  • Put all the ingredients in an Instant Pot or regular stovetop pot.
  • If using an Instant Pot, set it to the the Bean/Chili setting for 50 minutes and 10 minute countdown. If using pre-soaked beans, change to 30 minutes and 10 minute countdown.\
  • If using a stovetop pot, bring everything to a boil and simmer for 3 hours if using hard beans or 1.5 hours if using presoaked beans.
  • Serve when desired texture is achieved.