Homemade Black Beans {Stovetop}

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  • Nutritional Interest: Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Family Challenge Approved, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Sugar > 5g, Nut Free, The 30 Clean Approved, V Clean Challenge Approved, Vegan, Vegetarian
black beans
Consider making a big batch and save some for later. Cooked beans can be stored in the refrigerator or frozen for future use!

Did you know... Black beans are very high in fiber and protein, and rich with vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, calcium, iron, and manganese.

Soaking is an important step because it breaks down the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors, and it cultures beneficial enzymes in the beans. In addition, soaking helps the beans cook more evenly and become completely tender all the way through.
The next day, the beans will have absorbed much of the water and nearly doubled in size.

Yields approximately seven 1/2 cup servings.

Want to make your beans in the slow-cooker? Check out that recipe here :)
Adjust serving size: 


  • 1 cup dry black beans about 8 ounces
  • 2 cups spring water for soaking
  • 1/2 lemon for soaking - use 1 tablespoon juice
  • 32 oz spring water - or broth
  • 1 cup yellow onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 thick cut uncured bacon slices diced - omit for Vegan & Vegetarian
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste

How to Make:

  1. In a glass container, add the beans, lemon juice and enough spring water to thoroughly cover the beans {about an inch or two above}. Cover with a cloth and set on the counter to soak overnight.
  2. Drain the beans from their soaking water and gently rinse them.
  3. Transfer the beans to a heavy cooking pot and add all of the other ingredients {except the salt}.
  4. Cover the beans with an inch of water {or broth} and bring them to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, bring the beans to a gentle simmer and cover.
  5. Simmer for an hour, and then begin checking for doneness. Add more water or broth as needed to keep the beans submerged, and stir occasionally.
  6. Continue simmering until the beans are as tender and creamy as you like them – about 30 minutes longer. Add sea salt to taste.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Black Beans {Stovetop}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 85 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.004g
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 212mg 9%
Potassium 326mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 3%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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