Classic Black Beans w/ Ham Hock

Black Beans

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil (or grease from the Pork Roast!)
  • 1 Large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, finely chopped
  • 10 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 8 cans of Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ham hock
  • 3 Tbs Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1-2 quarts Chicken Stock
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Salt/Pepper


  1. Bring large stock pot to Med-High heat. Add oil, onions and peppers and season with a little salt and pepper. Saute until onions start to brown slightly. Add Garlic and saute another 2 minutes but making sure garlic doesn’t burn. If it starts to burn, add a little chicken stock.
  2. Add black beans and ham hock. Cover about an inch with Chicken Stock. If you prefer, you can do half Chicken Stock, half water.
  3. Add spices and Bay Leaves. Let simmer about an hour. If ever it seems like there is not enough liquid, add more stock or water.
  4. When beans are nice and tender and everyone in the pot seems happy, taste and season with additional salt/pepper if needed.

Let me know if you like it. Happy Noshing!


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