These saucy, savory Venezuelan-Style Black Beans are a wonderful side dish with rice, chicken or whatever you’re serving.
When I discovered that my Progressive Eats blogging group, a group that blogs together around a theme once a month, was tackling Latin American cooking this month, I began looking at foods in search of just the right recipe to highlight.
I found it in this side dish — Venezuelan-Style Black Beans. They are savory and saucy, flavorful but simple. I love how simple ingredients and flavors can come together to make something amazing — and that’s the case with this dish.
Looking at recipes on The Spruce Eats, Cooking Light, Goya and a blog called Venezuelan Cooking, I got a feel for the flavors and ingredients. Sometimes this is made with bacon, sometimes not. Sometimes they have red bell peppers. Sometimes there’s a lot more sugar to the recipe. Using the recipes I read as a guide, I devised this recipe featuring green peppers, molasses (though not a lot) and no bacon.
Canned black beans make this a quick and easy dish, although fresh ones would be nice too. An onion, a green pepper, garlic, cumin, molasses. These are what give the beans flavor.
How to Make Venezuelan-Style Black Beans
These beans begin with peppers and onions, diced. Saute them in a skillet until they are softened and beginning to brown.
Then add the garlic and molasses and stir thoroughly to combine.
Next comes the black beans, water, cumin, salt and pepper. The beans cook together for a while, allowing the flavors to develop.
Finally, they are finished off with a swirl of finely chopped cilantro.
These beans are excellent with rice. They’d also be excellent with other dishes from the Progressive Eats bloggers.
What would YOU eat these with?
Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month’s theme is Late Summer Latin American Cuisine — casual warm-weather fare — salads, grilled foods, summer cocktails, and our host is Tamara who blogs at Beyond Mere Sustenance.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats it’s a virtual party. A theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out. Come along and see all of the deliciousness we’ve put together for our celebration inspired dishes!
Late Summer Latin American Cuisine!
- Brazilian Caipirinha Cocktail – That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Easy Peruvian Pisco Sour Cocktail – The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Grilled Citrus Chicken with Spicy Basil Chimichurri – From a Chef’s Kitchen
- Steak Adobo Tacos – Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Citrus-Marinated Pork Chops with Hatch Chile – Beyond Mere Sustenance
- Quick Mexican Pickled Onions and Carrots – Shockingly Delicious
- Venezuelan-Style Black Beans (Caraotas Negras) – Sarah’s Cucina Bella
- Easy Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice – The Heritage Cook
- Easy Tres Leches Cake – Clandestine Cake Club
- Chocotorta – Argentinian Chocolate Cake – Creative Culinary
- Cooking oil spray
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 tbsp molasses
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp finely minced fresh cilantro
- Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7-10 minutes, until softened.
- Add the garlic and molasses to the skillet and stir well to combine. Add the black beans (and their liquid) to the skillet with 1 cup of water and the cumin, salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
- Uncover, stir and taste. Adjust seasonings as needed. Cook (uncovered) for an additional 5 minutes. The sauce will cook down and thicken.
- Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro. Serve.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.