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Black beans

What are black beans? About the ingredient black beans. Including 473 recipes with black beans, nutrition data, photos, and where to find it.


Black or turtle beans, of which there are many varieties, are smaller than red kidney beans, oval in shape. The off-black skin hides a whitish interior.

They are extensively used in soup, especially in the Southern parts of North America where they are grown.

In South America the are used in a large number of bean dishes.

The oldest type of beans are still a staple today, whether low-cost meals or high-flavor dishes are the criteria.

canned black beans

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Dried Bean Purchasing Guide

Dried beans should be clean, uniform in size and quality. Today dried beans are usually sold pre-packaged and a reliable brand will guarentee clean, uniformly sized beans.

1 pound, raw = approximately 2 1/3 cups

1 pound, cooked = approximately 6 cups


After opening the package place the unused beans in a clean, tightly covered container and store on the pantry shelf.

Kitchen shelf: 1 year

Refrigerator shelf, cooked, covered: 3 to 4 days

Refrigerator freezer, cooked beans and cooked bean dishes, prepare for freezing: 1 month

Deep Freezer, cooked beans and cooked bean dishes, prepared for freezing: 4 to 6 months

Basic Preparation

Packaged beans are usually sorted and washed before packaging, so need only be rinsed.

Bean bought in bulk should be sorted carefully, discarding broken and defective beans, and washed until the water runs clear.

It's a good idea to soak the beans to replace some of the water lost during the drying process.

In general, if directions are not given on the package, use the amount of water called for in the recipe; save the nutritious soaking water to use in cooking the beans.

There are two ways of soaking dried beans:

  1. Quick method: Measure the soaking water into a large, heavy pot. Add the washed beans and bring to the boil. Cover the pot and cook for 2 minutes; remove from heat and let stand for one hour, then cook according to recipe directions.

  2. Overnight method: Measure the soaking water into a large pot; add washed beans; cover pot, and let stand for 6 to 8 hours. To prevent souring and hard skins the two minute boil above is recommended even when the beans are soaked overnight.

Add one teaspoon of salt per cup of soaked beans. If ham, bacon or salt pork is to be added use a smaller amount of salt.

Always try to cook in the soaking water. Cover the pot and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer according to the recipe.

Stir carefully but not too often to avoid breaking apart the beans. When done they should hold their shape as well as be tender. Cooking time can range from 20 minutes to 1 ½ hours depending on the type of bean and how long they have been stored.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (172g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 227Calories from Fat 8
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.9g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.2g 1%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 40.8g 14%
Dietary Fiber 15g 60%
Sugars ~
Protein 15.2g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 5% Iron 20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Black beans are usually found in the canned goods section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Black beans are a member of the Legumes and Legume Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much do black beans weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 172

In Chinese:黑豆
British (UK) term: Black beans
en français:haricot noir
en español:frijoles negros

Recipes using black beans

There are 448 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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Black Bean and Chicken Chili
Black Bean and Millet Salad
Black Bean and Quinoa Chili
Black Bean and Quinoa Salad
Black Bean Beef and Pork Chili
Black Bean Chilaquile
Black Bean Chili Con Carne with Cilantro Pesto

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