Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice

Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice

Recipe Rating: 3.46298
Serves 4-6
Try this easy-to-follow recipe and enjoy one of Cuba's most famous plates. Full of protein and flavor, Cuban-style black beans serve as a meal in themselves, or as a delicious side dish. By dry roasting the brown rice, you will enhance its flavor and increase its natural sweetness. Serve as a main course or side dish.
  • Brown Rice
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Black Beans
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with their liquid
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • 1 lime, cut in 4-6 wedges for garnish (optional)
Place rice in a strainer and rinse under cool running water. Heat a stainless steel or cast iron skillet over low heat and add rice. Dry roast the rice for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until rice is dry and aromatic.

Place the roasted rice in a pot. Add 4 cups water and salt and cover with a lid. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and rice is tender. Remove from heat. For fluffier rice, after the rice comes to a boil, place it in a covered casserole dish and place in a preheated 225°F oven for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. When pan is hot, add olive oil. Add the onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the bell pepper, garlic and chili powder. Continue to sauté for 2 more minutes. Reduce heat to low, add diced tomatoes and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes. Add beans and simmer 5 minutes longer to heat through. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Serve beans over brown rice with cilantro and lime wedges.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 430 calories (50 from fat), 6g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 990mg sodium, 84g carbohydrates, (11 g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 14g protein.
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