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Cuban Black Beans and Rice

Serves 4 to 6
Time 1 hr 15 min
Cuban-style black beans can serve as a protein-packed meal or as a delicious side dish. Dry roasting the brown rice enhances its nutty, sweet flavor.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper cored, seeded and chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with their liquid
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans drained and rinsed, or 3 cups cooked
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 1 lime cut into wedges (optional)
Method

Place rice in a strainer and rinse under cool water until water runs clear. Transfer to a medium pot. Cook rice over medium-low heat, stirring gently, until fragrant and toasted, 3 to 5 minutes. Add 4 cups salted water, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until water is absorbed, about 40 minutes. Uncover pot, fluff rice and set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until just soft, 1 to 2 minutes. Add peppers, garlic and chili powder and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes with their liquid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in beans, then simmer until flavors are melded, about 5 minutes more; season with salt and pepper. 

Spoon beans over rice, garnish with cilantro and lime wedges and serve.

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  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper cored, seeded and chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with their liquid
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans drained and rinsed, or 3 cups cooked
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 1 lime cut into wedges (optional)