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Black Beans with Calabaza Squash

This Black Beans & Calabaza Squash is a game changer! You will never make it any other way. A classic side gets smoother and more flavorful than ever. 100% vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free. Yummy, hearty and healthy. Enjoy it with regular or cauliflower rice!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: Black Beans and Rice, Calabaza Squash
Diet: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, PALEO, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 180kcal


  • 2 lbs Black Beans Home cooked or canned (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 lb Calabaza Squash Roasted and chopped
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil Extra-virgin
  • 1 Vidalia Onion Large and chopped
  • 5 Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 2 stalks Celery Chopped
  • 1 Jalapeño Seeded and chopped
  • 4 tbsp Red Bell Pepper Chopped
  • 4 tbsp Fresh Cilantro Chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt Adjust to taste


Roasted Calabaza Squash

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Remove seeds and strings from the core of the Calabaza
  • Place Calabaza on middle rack without a pan, so it roasts fast and evenly for 20 minutes
  • Poke Calabaza with a long-tined fork after 10 minutes (halfway) to check for doneness
  • When the fork goes through with not too much resistance (usually after 20 minutes of roasting), remove Calabaza and let it cool off a little before peeling and dicing it.

Black Beans with Calabaza Squash

  • Place a saucepan on medium-high heat and add the olive oil when warm
  • Add in onions and garlic. Saute for 3-5 minutes
  • Add celery, peppers, and calabaza. Stir and saute for a couple of minutes
  • Add the Black Beans
  • Add a pinch of salt and half the fresh cilantro (reserve the other half for garnish)
  • Cover with a lid and let simmer for 25 minutes
  • Remove from the heat and transfer to a serving bowl


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 169IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg