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Cuban Rice and Beans

Cuban Rice and Beans
Jane Bruce

Cuban Rice and Beans

Rice and beans is a classic food combination, like spaghetti and meatballs, a bagel and cream cheese, or peanut butter and jelly. In this recipe, rice and beans come together with a medley of Cuban flavors for a tasty, satisfying dish.

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Notes

Note: This is great served along with chicken, shrimp, or any other protein of your choosing. 

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups water
  • 1 Cup long-grain rice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium-sized red onion, diced
  • 1 cubanelle pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Two 15 1/2-ounce cans low-sodium black beans
  • 2 Tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup chopped cilantro, or to taste
  • 1 lime, for garnish

Directions

In a small pot, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Then, add the rice and stir. Return to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the rice is cooked, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add almost all of the onion (save a portion for garnish) and peppers and cook until softened, stirring frequently, for about 7 minutes. Add the cumin and oregano, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.

Add the beans with their liquid and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium heat until the liquid reduces a bit, about 10 minutes. With a fork, mash some of the beans to thicken the consistency, to taste. 

Turn off the heat and add the red-wine vinegar and almost all of the cilantro (save a portion for garnish) and stir to combine.

To serve, plate the rice and ladle the beans on top. Garnish with remaining onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. Enjoy!

Nutritional Facts
Servings4
Calories Per Serving458
Total Fat8g12%
Sugar3gN/A
Saturated1g6%
Protein18g35%
Carbs80g27%
Vitamin A12µg1%
Vitamin B60.3mg17.4%
Vitamin C44mg73%
Vitamin E3mg13%
Vitamin K20µg24%
Calcium125mg12%
Fiber18g70%
Folate (food)149µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)149µg37%
Iron6mg31%
Magnesium104mg26%
Monounsaturated5gN/A
Niacin (B3)2mg12%
Phosphorus316mg45%
Polyunsaturated1gN/A
Potassium894mg26%
Riboflavin (B2)0.3mg18.5%
Sodium1102mg46%
Thiamin (B1)0.4mg25.8%
Zinc2mg13%