How to Cook Black Beans (From Scratch!)

Serves: 12 Save

Ingredients (12)

  • 1 pound (16 ounces or scant 2 1/2 cups) dried black beans*
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, peeled but left whole
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • One strip of orange zest, about 2 inches long by 1/2 inch wide
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (omit or reduce if sensitive to spice)
  • 8 cups water**, more if needed
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro, optional
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


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This Cuban classic Mojito is a refreshing mix of crisp, white rum, sparkling soda water, fresh, zesty lime and fragrant mint leaves. Balancing the rum's smooth warmth with the lime's citrusy tang and the mint's cool, herbal notes, it promises to burst a tropical bliss!

Ingredients (5)

  • 2 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum
  • 0.75 oz. Lime Juice
  • 0.75 oz. Sugar Syrup
  • 2 oz. Soda Water
  • 10 Mint Leaves

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