Epazote is a popular cooking herb in Mexico with a similar flavor profile to oregano. Left to simmer atop the stove, hearty Black Beans soak up all the rich flavors and aromas of bacon, onion, garlic and our Ground Epazote.

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 180 min

Total time: 185 min

Mexican Black Beans with Epazote
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 5 cups

  • 2 1/2 Cups Black Beans , rinsed thoroughly and picked over

  • 1 Smoked Bacon Slices

  • 1 Medium Onion, quartered

  • 1 Clove Garlic, smashed

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Epazote

  • Kosher Sea Salt Flakes


  1. Place beans in 6-quart pot and cover with 2-1/2 quarts water. Discard any beans that float to surface. Add bacon, onion, garlic and epazote.

  2. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low to maintain a very gentle simmer, cover partially with lid and cook until beans are tender, about 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Add additional liquid as needed.

  3. Stir in 1-1/2 teaspoons salt and simmer for about 15 minutes more until beans have absorbed salt. Discard onion, garlic and bacon. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Serve.