Cuban Style Rice and Beans

Rice and beans is an ultimate comfort dish. In Cuba, this dish is referred to as Moros y Cristianos, which translates to Moors and Christians. The traditional preparation requires cooking with a ham hock and white rice. I decided to make a healthier, vegetarian version, that uses dried black beans and brown rice. The complex flavors come from the addition of a jalepeno, tomato paste and red wine vinegar. This version is low in fat and sodium, and bursting with healthy protein and fiber. It makes a great dinner and leaves plenty of leftovers for lunch!

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3/4 cup brown rice, dry
2/3 cup dry black beans, soaked (or 1 15oz can)
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 jalepeno pepper, seeded and diced
1 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
4 cup low sodium vegetable stock
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish

Step by Step Instructions:
1. Saute garlic, pepper, onion and jalepeno in olive oil on medium heat until soft, 4-6 minutes
2. Add tomato paste, vinegar, and chili powder and cook an additional 3 minutes
3. Add rice, beans and vegetable stock and cover
4. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to medium low
5. Keep covered and simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until rice and beans are cooked through and stock is absorbed.
6. Add cilantro and stir
7. Serve!

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15 Responses to Cuban Style Rice and Beans

  1. Ali October 6, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Looks delicious. Love the simplicity in preparing it, just mixing all them up. Cuban rice and Beans coming right up :)

  2. the actor's diet October 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    these look simple and delicious! bookmarked!

  3. Stacie W. October 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    This is a great dish. It is so easy to make and quite flavorful. It has earned a spot in my rotation!

    So glad I found your blog!

  4. Anonymous November 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm #


  5. Moose Rambles January 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    Great recipe! Had all the ingredients to hand, so I said 'why not?'. Very happy I made it. Delicious and very filling. Thank you!

  6. Leah Douglas February 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    I haven't tried it yet, but I can say that it smells DELICIOUS simmering on my stove right now.

  7. Hank February 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Looks delicious in the picture, but mine turned into a watery stewy looking mess. Too bad I had been looking forward to this all week.

  8. Hank February 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    Despite the consistency it didn't taste too bad…not sure the can of black beans absorbs any water so maybe reduce the amount of stock a bit if using the can of black beans. I think that is where things went wrong for me.

  9. Dara Reppucci February 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    Hi Hank! The recipe was developed using dried beans which do absorb liquid. If using canned, then yes, the broth should be reduced and they should be added later in the cooking so they don't get too mushy. I appreciate you giving this a try!! Thanks for reading.

  10. peterson May 5, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    All the colors are looking delicious, beside colors food taste can be feel. I am saying thank you with the help of my words.

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  11. Beth June 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    When we were in Costa Rica last year, I fell in love with rice and beans, even eating it for breakfast. Can't wait to try this version!

  12. Alice Huang July 31, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    Can this be made in a rice cooker?

  13. Melissa August 17, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    This recipe was awesome. I changed some things slightly by using quinoa and adding chick peas as well since that was what I had on hand. Veryyy good.

    • Dara August 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

      Melissa – I am so thrilled you liked the recipe! Quinoa is a fabulous substitution. Thanks for stopping by.


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