Easy Gluten Free Black Beans

Course Side
Cuisine Gluten Free
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 9 hours 30 minutes
Author Jodi Stewart


  • 1/2 lb black beans
  • 2 T bacon grease cooking oil or butter
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp minced garlic if you’re pinching pennies, you can substitute chili powder for the spices and garlic
  • 1/2 onion thinly sliced
  • Water for soaking
  • Water for cooking


Pre-Soak Beans:

  1. Place beans in a large bowl.
  2. Fill bowl with cool water.
  3. Soak overnight, at least 8 hours.

To cook:

  1. Drain beans with a colander and rinse until the water runs clear and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt bacon grease over medium heat.
  3. Add cumin and coriander to the grease and stir for a few seconds to slightly cook.
  4. Add onions and garlic, cook, stirring occasionally until onions soften.
  5. Add beans to sauce pan.
  6. Add enough water that the beans are covered by 2 inches of water.
  7. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  8. Reduce heat, cover with a lid, and simmer beans until soft (can take up to 2 hours) adding more water as necessary.
  9. When beans are soft, add salt to taste.
  10. Serve in bowls with the liquid from the pot or serve over cooked white rice. Top with sour cream or Mexican Crema and grated cheese if desired.