Black Beans Soup (Venezuela)

Black beans are part of the Venezuelan Pabellon.

Black beans Soup Recipe

1 bag of dried black beans
1/2 tbsp sodium bicarbonate
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1/3 cup chopped celery
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tbsp black cumin
1 tbsp of panela (piloncillo o brown sugar cane)
2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Clean the beans rinse and soak them overnight in water with a 1/2 tbsp of sodium bicarbonate.
Drain the beans.
Prepare Sofrito:
Blend all the vegetables for the sofrito.
Add  onion, minced garlic, peppers and celery.
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.Pour the Sofrito and put a Bay leaf.
Cook them over low medium heat for about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the black beans with 7 cups of water. As they start to boiling you need to remove with a spoon the foam that form in the surface.
You can cook the black beans in a pressure cooker and after they are soft in when you add the sofrito cooked previously. If you do not have a pressure cooker you cnba cook in a large pan but will take 2 or 3 hours to the beans be softed.
When the black beans are soft add sofrito, panela, cumin, salt and pepper.
Continue to cook beans for 15 more minutes. Remove from the heat and sprinkle some fresh cilantro.

You can make a delicious Venezuelan Pabellon Criollo: shredded beef, black beans, rice and fried plantains after you cook the black bean soup!

You can use this recipe for lentils, green split lentil, red beans for example , just substitute the black bean for any other grain( Do not add panela (you add only in the black beans)

The secret of the flavor is a good sofrito!


  1. Hola Carolina, tus recetas estan super bien explicadas y poner tantas fotos ayuda a uno a entender mejor la receta, pero veo que en la licuadora hay pedazos de celery (para el sofrito de las caraotas) pero no lo veo en la lista de ingredientes, podrias por favor ecplicarme esto? gracias!

    1. Hola ya corregi la receta. Gracias por tu comentario. Tomo las fotos mientras cocino y despues es que escribo las recetas.