The black turtle bean, usually simply called the black bean, is popular in Latin American cuisine, and it can also be found in the Cajun and Creole cuisines of south Louisiana. Like most common beans, it is native to the Americas, but has been introduced around the world. Its dense, meaty texture makes it popular in vegetarian dishes, such as frijoles negros and the Mexican-American black bean burrito. The black turtle bean is also popular as a soup bean. In Cuba, black bean soup is a traditional dish, usually served with white rice.