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Fat-free Cuban Black Bean Stew in a Crockpot
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Oil-Free Cuban Black Beans in a Crockpot

A smoky, rich-tasting and delicious vegan Cuban Black Bean stew made in the crockpot, with cubanelle peppers and cumin. A no-oil, gluten-free, soy-free recipe.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Stew
Cuisine: Cuban
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Vegan Cuban Black Bean Stew
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 188kcal


  • 30 ounce black beans, (cooked or canned. If using canned, make sure they are rinsed and drained)
  • 1 large shallot (Can use red onion, plus half of a shallot for garnish, minced)
  • 2 cubanelle peppers (Can use green bell peppers instead, chopped in a fine dice)
  • 5 large cloves garlic, (pounded into a paste in a molcajete or mortar and pestle, with salt)
  • 1 large sweet potato, (chopped in a fine dice)
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 cups vegetable stock or water
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro (chopped, for garnish)


  • Plug in a crockpot and set on high. When the crockpot has heated, add one chopped shallot and cubanelles and garlic. Add some ground black pepper and salt.
  • Add a tablespoon of water or, if you don't mind some oil, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil. Stir well to coat, cover with a lid, and let the mixture cook while you chop the sweet potato.
  • Add the sweet potato to the pot along with the cumin, oregano and black beans. Add more salt and ground black pepper to taste.
  • Give everything a good stir, then add 2 cups of vegetable stock. Stir again to mix.
  • Cover the crockpot with a lid, and let it cook on high about 2 hours or until the sweet potatoes are really soft. Check salt and add more if needed.
  • Garnish with some cilantro and the chopped shallots or red onions reserved for garnish.
  • Serve hot with rice.


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 551mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 6053IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 3mg