Basic Black Beans

Basic Black Beans


Black beans, when even simply cooked, are a delicious base ingredient to have on hand. They lend themselves to a variety of applications throughout the week.
  • Serves: 6 cups
  • Active Time: 2 hrs
  • Total Time: 2 hrs
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Step 1: Preparing the Black Beans

• 8 cups water
• 3 cups black beans, soaked overnight
• 3 dried chiles
• 3 bay leaves
• 4 cloves garlic, émince (sliced)
• 1 tbsp ground cumin
• 1 1/2 tsp chile powder
• 1 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste
• 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste


First, gather and prepare your mise en place.

To prepare the black beans, in a large pot, add the beans and all spices — except for the salt and pepper.

Next, add the water and bring to a boil. Lower to medium heat, cover with a lid, slightly ajar, and allow to simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until fully cooked through.

During the last 15 to 20 minutes of cooking season with the salt and pepper. Once done, taste for flavor balance, adjusting the seasoning as needed.

*Note: Use these beans as the base, to make these delicious Refried Black Beans.


  • Sandra B
    Sandra B
    In the video it shows and calls for adding "sliced Garlic", yet in the text recipe it calls for "Minced". Does it matter??
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Nope, it does not really matter.... it will not substantively change anything about the dish.
  • Bella L
    Bella L
    If I’m storing the beans to use next day, do I drain from the liquid I cooked them in or store with cooked liquid?
  • Kirk B Rouxbe Staff
    Kirk B
    Hi there Bella and thanks for your question. My recommendation would be to drain the liquid and store under refrigeration. Thanks again and keep on cooking! Chef Kirk

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