Sòs pwa nwa (Haitian Black Bean Sauce)

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1  onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 scallions,
  • 1 cup dried black beans, soaked and rinsed
  • ½ cup coconut milk (optional)
  • ½ tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • ½ bouillon cube
  • Salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • hot peppers

Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil add beans in a pot in approximately 6 cups water. Add  scallions. Boil for approximately 1 hour.


If you are using coconut milk: Add coconut milk to boiling beans. Cook for another 45 minutes or until beans are done. Let sit.

Strain beans into mortar and pestle or blend them and add a little liquid from beans as you use the mortar and pestle or blender. Add more hot water until a sauce-like consistency. Put on stove and let it reduce and add hot peppers (leave whole). Add bouillon and parsley. Keep hot until ready to serve.


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