Moros y Cristianos Recipe


Cal/Serving: 430
Daily Value: 21%
Servings: 8

High-Fiber, Low-Fat
Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Milk-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Fish-Free, Shellfish-Free, Alcohol-Free
Vitamin A896IU18%
Vitamin C40mg67%
Thiamin (B1)0mg25%
Riboflavin (B2)0mg12%
Niacin (B3)4mg20%
Vitamin B60mg20%
Folic Acid (B9)188µg47%
Vitamin E1mg5%
Vitamin K11µg14%
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated4g0%
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated1g0%
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Moros y Cristianos
Jason Varney

Yes, Moros y Cristianos, the common Cuban name for this ubiquitous side dish, translates as "Moors and Christians." And yes, the black beans are taken for the dark-skinned Moors while the white rice grains are the lighter-complected Christians. And that's all I have to say about that. The dish itself, though, I could talk about all day; it is easy, absolutely delicious, and part-and-parcel of any proper Cuban barbecue. The base is a classic Cuban sofrito of onions, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, chiles, herbs, and spices. The resting step at the end helps make the rice moist yet fluffy.

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion, diced
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 serrano chiles, seeds and ribs removed, diced finely
  • 10 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 4 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted then ground
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • Two 15-ounce cans black beans, preferably organic, drained and rinsed
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, bell peppers, garlic, and chiles and cook until translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, cumin, thyme, and bay leaves and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes.

Add the rice, beans, stock, vinegar, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered, until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Let rest uncovered for 2-3 minutes before serving.

Recipe Details

Adapted from "The Latin Road Home" by Jose Garces (Lake Isle Press, 2012)

Servings: 8
Cuisine: Cuban

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